Fresh snow has some area ski resorts ready to open

CASCADE MOUNTAINS — At least three area ski resorts are scheduled to open this week as an influx of winter snow and colder temperatures push through Washington state.

Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort and Mt. Baker Ski Area announced Monday they planned to open before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Stevens Pass received more than 24 inches of snow in a 24-hour period and will open Tuesday for limited operations. Operating hours will be 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets will be $20 on opening day and free to visitors who show their season pass from any other Washington resort. Tickets will be offered at the discounted rate of $39 through the weekend. Up to three lifts will be available for beginner to intermediate terrain.

Crystal Mountain is scheduled to open Wednesday to begin their 50th season. Operations will include the gondola, Green Valley and Rainier Express lifts, with access to intermediate and expert terrain. Tickets will cost $45 for adults and youth.

Mt. Baker Ski Area received 20 inches of snow in 24 hours, building to a base that is now more than 41 inches. The ski resort is slated to begin limited operation Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Heather Meadows area.

The Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass ski resorts have not announced an opening date, but cooling temperatures could have these resorts running soon.

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