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Tag: White Pass ski area


Ski season growing closer as resorts report first dusting of snow; snow at Paradise as well

The skiing and snowboarding season is still likely more at least a month away, but this morning resorts started reporting their first dustings of snow.  Stevens Pass and White Pass are both reporting snow this morning.  Some other ski areas around the Northwest reported snow last week.

It might just be time to start tuning skis.

Here’s a picture from White Pass:

There was a dusting of snow at Mount Rainier National Park as well this morning. The parking lot and walkways at Paradise had a light layer of snow, according to webcam images.


White Pass’ version of “Cash Cab” includes long drop from chairlift for wrong answers

When you believe many of the people in your largest potential market think you’re Canadian it’s time to get creative.

How creative?

How about an ambush trivia contest with cash prizes?

Or, even better, what if you boot contestants off a chairlift mid ride if they get too many questions wrong?

This is the idea Kathleen Goyette hatched to promote White Pass Ski Area recently while she was commuting to work from Yakima.

As the mountain’s marketing manager she’s always looking for ways to catch the attention of the Seattle market.

“We are very unknown north of Tacoma,” Goyette said.

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More snow falls in the Cascades; boon to ski areas

Heavy snowfall continues to blanket the Cascades.

Paradise received more than 17 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the total on the ground up to 164 inches. Back on Feb. 13, the total was just 124 inches. The current snow depth is 106 percent of normal.

There was no word this morning on the opening of the road from Longmire to Paradise.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center is forecasting considerable avalanche danger above 5,000 feet and moderate danger below that. The danger level will slowly decrease tonight.

Crystal Mountain Resort reported this morning that it received

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Snow in mountain recreation forecast for Presidents Day weekend

Just in time for the holiday weekend, a storm front is rolling in with some fresh snow.

A winter weather advisory in effect at Mount Rainier from 4 p.m. today through 10 p.m. Saturday.

A front will bring increasing rain and snow to the park this afternoon and tonight, said the National Weather Service forecast. Significant snowfall will continue Saturday as an upper level trough moves into the region.

The snow level will fall to 2,000 feet through the Monday holiday, about the elevation of the Nisqually entrance to the park.

The forecast calls for 7-10 inches of new snow

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White Pass to open on Sunday

After announcing Thursday that it would not open this weekend, officials at White Pass ski area have changed their mind. Or the snow changed it for them.

A short time ago it was announced White Pass will open on Sunday. The area has received more than 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.

While details are still being worked out, the plan is to run only the original area only with Quad, Triple, Platter and Carpet lifts. Lift tickets will be discounted, but a price has not yet been decided.

The Nordic Center also will open Sunday.