Clinic will focus on women's skiing

Tracy McEwan Gibbons, former U.S. Ski team member and owner of Sturtevant's Sports, will join other women coaches for a women's clinic at Crystal Mountain Jan. 14-15. The course includes coaching, women-specific gear demos and video analysis. This is recommended for advanced skiers who can easily ski black diamond runs. The cost is $314 or $424 with lift tickets. For details, go to www.skicrystal.com.

 • The snowpack at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park has been slowly dwindling because of warmer temperatures and a lack of fresh snow. Thursday morning, weather station telemetry showed a snowpack of 81 inches.

 • Today starts the Women of Winter program at Summit Central. The program is meant to give women of all ages and ability levels a chance for some fun, fitness and fresh air on the slopes. The group will meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A snow play program for children is available for participants. Get details at www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.


Avalanche conditions in the Mount Rainier area are rated moderate up to 4,000 feet and considerable above that level. Conditions should remain steady with the weekend forecast calling for light rain or snow in the Olympics and north Cascades early and then giving way to partly cloudy skies by Sunday.