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Tag: Alpental


Ski Season starts Tuesday at Stevens Pass, Wednesday at Crystal Mountain and perhaps Mt. Baker

UPDATE, Nov. 21, 9:50 a.m. Crystal Mountain has opened, as seen by the eager skiers in the photo above.

UPDATE, Nov. 20, 12:37 p.m.: More ski areas have announced opening days.  49 Degrees North, north Of Spokane, will open Friday at 9 a.m. and Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood is currently operating. Timberline remains open year round.

UPDATE: Stevens Pass has just announced it will open Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. It will open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crystal Mountain ski area plans to launch the 2012-13 ski season with a partial opening at

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Extreme avalanche warning issued for Tuesday

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center has rated the risk of avalanche as “high” today in much of the Cascades, but Tuesday the risk with climb to “extreme” in some areas including Snoqualmie, Stevens  and White passes and Mount Rainier.

An Avalanche killed three skiers at Stevens Pass on Sunday and one on Snoqualmie Pass. The NWAC rated avalanche risk as “high” on Sunday.

Avalanche forecasts do not pertain to ski areas, whose slopes are controlled by their ski patrol units.


Three killed in backcountry avalanche on Stevens Pass, snowboarder killed at Alpental

Three people were killed by an avalanche while skiing out of bounds near the Stevens Pass Ski Area today. According to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center the risk of avalanche today was  ”high,” it’s second highest risk classification.

From the Associated Press:

All those who were missing after an avalanche Sunday near a popular ski resort in Washington state have been accounted for, and the total number of people killed remains at three, a resort official said.

John Gifford, general manager at the Stevens Pass ski area, says he’s unsure how many people were caught up in the slide,

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Alpental to open David Pettigrew Mountain Safety and Education Center on Saturday

Alpental ski area on Snoqualmie Pass will unveil its new two-story David Pettigrew Mountain Safety and Education Center on Saturday afternoon. The 30-minute ceremony will start at 2 p.m. with a tour to follow.

The mid-mountain center will serve as a meeting place for mountain safety and avalanche courses and as an additional ski patrol outpost and dispatch center.

The center is named in honor of David Pettigrew, a long-time snowboarder who died in a snowboarding accident at Alpental in 2005.

“The new structure will meet a growing need for additional meeting space to host a series of popular, free

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