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Ski Report: Sunny Skies, Dry Weather Expected at Area Resorts

There is little chance of snow in the mountains this weekend, but Sunday should be a scenic day at our local passes.

Sunny skies in the Puget Sound area are typically not a favorable sign for local powder hounds. This weekend will be no different: the mountain forecast calls for mostly cloudy weather on Saturday and sun on Sunday, with only a slight chance of flurries. 

The good news is most resorts received significant snowfall earlier this week, so the groomers should be able to turn up some soft snow on the main runs. Mostly clear skies on Sunday will present a great opportunity to soak up some mountain views.

Summit at Snoqualmie: Alpental is reporting a foot of snow in the past 72 hours at the summit, with a base depth of 125 inches at the top. The forecast calls for a 20 percent of snow Saturday morning and a 30 percent chance overnight on Saturday. Daytime highs in the mid- to upper-20s. (Complete forecast here.)  

Crystal Mountain: Crystal says it's received more than a foot of fresh snow this week, and cold temperatures are keeping things soft and light. Depth is 65 inches at the base and 99 inches at the summit. Bundle up before hitting the slopes—daytime highs will be in the teens on Saturday and Sunday. (Complete forecast here.)

Stevens Pass: Slight chance of flurries Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the low-20s both days. Snow depth is 89 inches at the base and 97 inches at the summit. (Complete forecast here.)

Mt. Baker Ski Area: Partly sunny Saturday and Sunday; highs will be in the low-20s. Depth is 172 inches at the base of Pan Dome. (Complete forecast here.)

White Pass Ski Area: White Pass is reporting 3 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. Forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies Saturday and partly sunny weather on Sunday. Temperatures around 20 degrees. Depth is 68 inches at the base and 104 inches at the summit. (Complete forecast here.)

Mission Ridge: Mission Ridge reported snowfall this morning, but significant accumulations are not expected. Forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of snow on Saturday and overnight into Sunday. High temperatures will be in the teens. Depth is 58 inches at the summit. (Complete forecast here.)

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Are you heading outdoors this weekend? Tell us in the comments section.

Caitlin Moran January 11, 2013 at 09:31 PM
To answer my own question, I'll be trekking around on snowshoes this weekend and camping near Snoqualmie Pass. Packing lots of layers and the zero-degree sleeping bags!
Jeanne Gustafson January 11, 2013 at 09:45 PM
You're a beast, Caitlin!
Greg Johnston January 11, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I'm going the other way, the ocean beacons, digging razor clams and hiking!

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