Outdoors

Snow report for Dec. 18

Cascade ski areas are getting some much-needed fresh snow. Crystal Mountain has reported Thursday morning getting more than 3 feet in four days. White Pass on Thursday morning had received 14 inches in the previous 24 hours.

Summit at Snoqualmie: Planning is under way for the seventh annual Jib This snowboard event, set for Dec. 26 at Central Park. Registration will be open 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and will cost $10.

White Pass: Holiday rates will be in effect from Monday through Jan. 1. Adult full-day lift tickets will be $50 and half-day tickets will be $36.

Night skiing is scheduled to being Dec. 26 and run through Jan. 2. Night rates are $20 or free with a day lift ticket.

Mission Ridge: The area began its holiday schedule Thursday. It will be open seven days a week through Jan. 4. After that, Mission Ridge will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The first night ski will be Dec. 26 from 4 to 9 p.m.

WEATHER REPORT

Continued rain or snow this week should maintain mostly unstable snow at all but the lower elevations, according to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. Backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended in most areas, center staff said. Avalanche danger in the Mount Rainier area and at White Pass was rated considerable (a 3 out of 5, with 5 the highest danger) for elevations above 4,000 feet and moderate (a 2 rating) below that.

The forecast calls for increasing light rain or snow today, tapering off on Saturday and then increasing rain or snow becoming moderate to heavy Saturday night and Sunday.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, The News Tribune

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