Outdoors

The slopes are finally more white than green, but ski season opener still TBA

While many in the South Sound may have mixed emotions about this morning’s snow, rain and hail, Crystal Mountain Resort posted this message on their conditions report: “Thank you Mother Nature.”

Western Washington resorts, who typically hope to be open by Thanksgiving, are still waiting for enough coverage to start operations. Crystal Mountain deployed a team to Green Valley to analyze conditions this morning but as of 12:20 p.m., Crystal and other area ski resorts have yet to announce an opening.

Webcam images don’t paint a very promising picture at most ski areas, but snow is falling. The Summit at Snoqualmie reports six inches in the last 24 hours. Crystal has received 12 inches in the past 24 hours. White Pass reports seven inches in the past 12 hours at the base and 10 inches at the summit. Mt. Baker reports nine inches in the past 24 hours and Stevens Pass reports eight inches in the same period.

Forecasts call for cold but dry conditions Sunday with a slight chance of snow on Monday and Wednesday.

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