Snow report for March 12

With about 60 inches of snow on the ground, operations at the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area in Olympic National Park is again a good weekend destination. The area has been open since Feb. 27 after more than a month of emergency closure.

Access to Hurricane Ridge was closed when a landslide tore out more than 100 feet of the road.

The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization that manages the ski area, was forced to offer refunds to its hundreds of season pass holders.

But in a show of cooperation, ski and snowboard areas across Washington banded together to help Hurricane Ridge and its season pass holders with free and discounted lift tickets to their own areas.

“This is a community,” said Kathleen Goyette, White Pass marketing director, in a news release. “Business is business, but it’s different among this community and industry – and especially with Hurricane Ridge. All of us who work in the ski and snowboard industry do it because we love the sports. Hurricane Ridge really exemplifies that to a lot of people.”


At midweek, the avalanche danger was moderate above 4,000 feet and low below 4,000 feet. Those conditions could change over the weekend with snow in the forecast giving way to light rain or snow by Sunday.

Jeffrey P. Mayor, The News Tribune