Not enough snow to ski, just enough to stoke excitement for impending season

If you’re looking for something to do this rainy weekend, you might consider pulling those skis and snowboards out of storage.

Not to hit the slopes, but to get them ready for the impending season. There’s not nearly enough snow to ski at local resorts, but many ski areas are reporting that snow is starting to fall. And that’s definitely something worth overeacting about.

Crystal Mountain’s web cam shows a thin layer of snow at the top of Green Valley. On Thursday, White Pass posted on its Instagram feed a picture of snow in Paradise Basin. Alpental reports 5 inches of snow - two inches in the last 24 hours - at the top of the mountain.

Crystal, which reported its first traces of snow Sept. 30, is typically the first ski area in Washington to open. It needs two feet of snow to open.

The public relation team at Whistler Blackcomb sent out an email blast to international media on Friday afternoon to stoke excitement for the season. Pictures show snow high on the mountain and groomer already at work. The forecast calls for nearly nine inches of snow for the B.C. resort this weekend. The ski area plans to open in Novemeber but indicated it may open sooner if weather permits.