Outdoors

Three things to do this weekend

• Go skiing or snowboarding!: Crystal Mountain, White Pass and the Summit at Snoqualmie are all open this weekend.



All the ski areas will operate with limited lifts.

Crystal Mountain is 84 miles from Olympia off state Route 410 just outside the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.

Information: 360-663-2265. Snowline: 888-SKI-6199. Web site: www.crystalmt.com.

The Summit at Snoqualmie is 45 miles east of Seattle off Interstate 90. Information: 425-434-7669 or 888-804-6404. Snowline: 206-236-1600. Web site: www.summit-at-snoqualmie.com.

White Pass is about 90 miles from Olympia off U.S. Highway 12, southeast of Mount Rainier National Park. Size: 635 acres. Information: 509-672-3100. Web site: www.skiwhitepass.com.

• Whale watching: Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park is hosting a free event Saturday and Sunday for visitors to see the grey whales make their annual southern migration.



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists will teach guests about whales and the coastal environment -- and have an opportunity to explore local tide pools and spot the elusive grey whales as they migrate south for the winter.

Kalaloch Lodge is offering a special "Whale Watch" lodging package, available Friday and Saturday. Visitors can book a two-night stay in a Log Cabin or a Seacrest Suite for $299, or spend two nights in a Seacrest Room for $249. The package is based on double occupancy and includes a complimentary breakfast for two.

For more information or to make reservations, call 866-525-2562 or go to www.visitkalaloch.com.

• Volunteer for planting project: The Nisqually Stream Stewards and Fort Lewis Fish and Wildlife are seeking volunteers for a morning of planting vegetation on Muck Creek from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday



Salmon and trout access to Muck Creek will be restored as a result of this planting project.

The Nisqually Tribe and its partners cleared reed canary grass from Muck Creek, and the plants will provide shade to prevent the grass from growing back.

Planting tools and refreshments will be provided. Planting will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Gloves and proper footwear are recommended.

Because the site is on the Fort Lewis Military Reservation, we will meet and travel to the planting site as a group. It is important to meet no later then 9 a.m. at Fort Lewis East Gate, approximately 100 yards east of the intersection of East Gate Road and state Highway 507, about 3.4 miles north of Roy.

For more information, call Don Perry at 360-438-8687, ext. 2143, or send an e-mail to dperry@nwifc.org.

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