Fresh snow forecast through the weekend at ski areas

Skiers and snowboarders couldn’t ask for a much better way to ring in the new year.

The National Weather Service is predicting fresh snow daily through the weekend. Crystal Mountain, the Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass ski areas all reported two inches of new snow Wednesday morning.

Considering this is supposed to be an El Nino winter – a warmer and drier winter – Washington’s ski areas will take all the snow they can get. The Summit’s snow depth at the base is 38 inches. Crystal’s has a base of 36 inches and White Pass is at 58 inches. Each ski area has had a base over 90 inches in recent seasons.

Paradise at Mount Rainier has 73 inches of snow and Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park has 43 inches.

Tonight, Crystal Mountain is holding a New Year’s Eve party that include a 9 p.m. fireworks show. Saturday night at 6 p.m. it is screening Teton Gravity Research’s ski and snowboard film “Re: Session” in the lodge. A $5 donation is requested to benefit Outdoors for All, a foundation that supplies outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.

White Pass will hold its “New York New Year’s Eve” party tonight. It will celebrate the new year at 9 p.m. and leave the bar open until 10 p.m. Frank and Missy and the Dance Machine will provide live music.

Summit West is holding giant slalom races Saturday and Sunday. Register in the lodge or visit summitatsnoqualmie.com for more information.

Craig Hill, The News Tribune