Northwest Season Keeps Going And Going And …
The snow gods smiled on the Pacific Northwest this season, with most mountain resorts getting at or slightly above normal snowfall – meaning they are pushing closing dates to the limit.
About a half-dozen resorts in Oregon and Washington have closed down, but an equal number will keep spinning the lifts to late April or beyond.
Here’s an update on what’s open until when:
Mount Baker. With a base of at least 153 inches, the North Cascades resort has shifted to a Friday-Sunday schedule until April 24.
Crystal Mountain. The Mount Rainier resort will stay open every day until April 17. Then, as a special treat for its skiers, snowboarders and sightseers, it will reopen for Memorial Day weekend with gondola rides and some skiing and riding in Green Valley – which may continue into July, conditions permitting.
Stevens Pass. Though daily operations have closed down, the high-country Washington mountain will reopen for April 15-17 and April 23-24.
White Pass. Also done with daily access, the Cascade resort will be open for weekends through May 1.
Mount Hood Meadows. One of two resorts still open in Oregon, its lifts will run through April 17, then on Fridays through Sundays to May 1, and May 7-8 leading up to a final day on May 14. The Palmer snowfields may be skied or snowboarded into early summer, as is typical.
Photo: Top -- Mt. Baker keeps rolling well into NW springtime (Mt. Baker/Facebook); They're jumping for joy as Stevens Pass extends season (Stevens Pass/Facebook)