What’s Open for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend in the Northwest

Posted on November 27th, 2013

La Conner, WA – The 2013-2014 winter season in the Pacific Northwest has begun with many resorts offering skiing and snowboarding opportunities for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.  The weekend weather forecast is showing a possibility of snow in the mountains.  Good news for all skiers and snowboarders.   Here is a rundown of what is open:

Mt. Baker Ski Area is in seven-day-a-week operation.  For the Thanksgiving Holiday operations will be out of the White Salmon Base Area. On Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 Mt Baker will be operating both the White Salmon and Heather Meadows base area with all eight chairlifts and both beginner handle tows running.  Also, all three day lodges will be open. Check the snow report at http://winter.mtbaker.us/snow-report/ for  operations details or contact Gwyn Howat, Operations Manager or Amy Trowbridge, Marketing Director at 360-734-6771.

Timberline Lodge is open seven days a week with as many lifts as conditions permit. For complete details on operations and schedule check the website http://www.timberlinelodge.com/conditions/ or contact Jon Tullis, Public Affairs Director, 503-272-3134, jtullis@timberlinelodge.com.

Lookout Pass is operating on its normal schedule this time of the year – Thursday, November 28 through Monday, December 2.  The majority of the front side of the mountain is open from lifts 1 & 4, from 9-4pm PST on weekdays and 8:30-4pm PST weekends.  Lodge and other base facilities open at 8am. Reduced lift ticket rates will be in effect. Visit www.skilookout.com for updates or contact Christopher Barrett, Marketing Director at 208-744-1301 x21, christopher@skilookout.com for more information.

Stevens Pass reopening on Thursday, November 28.  For more information on operations and conditions updates visit http://www.stevenspass.com/site or contact Chris Danforth, VP Marketing & Sales, 206-812-7856, christopher.danforth@stevenspass.com.

49˚ North Mountain Resort will resume operations on Thursday, November 28.  For further information check their website http://www.ski49n.com//snow_report.php or contact Sherry Brewer, Marketing Director, 509-935-6649 x607, marketing@ski49n.com.

Mt Hood SkiBowl Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Skibowl East will be open Thanksgiving Day (November 28) from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.  The operation includes the tube hill conveyor lift, indoor play structure, 800 foot long zipline and the Multorpor Lodge featuring a full service café and the 70 Meter Bar and Grill. Cosmic Tubing kicks off the season this coming Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. For more information and updates visit http://www.skibowl.com/winter/ or contact Hans Wipper, 503.819.0712, hans@go.skibowl.com.

Alyeska Resort has announced the kickoff of the 2013-2014 season with opening day on Thursday, November 28 with chairlifts scheduled to be running from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Full base area services will be open, including Mountain Learning Center ski and snowboard school, rental shop and slopeside dining at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. New at Alyeska Resort for the 2013/14 season is Glacier Bowl Express, a high‐speed detachable quad chairlift that has replaced the old Chair 6, which was installed in 1988.  For more details about what chairlifts and terrain will be operating check the snow report page on their website http://www.alyeskaresort.com/snow-report.aspx or contact Jessica Pezak, Marketing Director, 907-754-2215, jpezak@alyeskaresort.com.

Silver Mountain Resort will be open for skiing, boarding, tubing, snowshoeing and scenic rides Friday November 29th through Sunday December 1st. The first gondola will load at 8:15am, skiing and tubing will operate 9:00am until 4:00pm. For updates on conditions and resort operations check the website http://www.silvermt.com/site_Snow-Report/SnowReport.aspx or contact Jeff Colburn, General Manager, 208-783-1111, JeffC@silvermt.com.

Mission Ridge is reopening on Friday, November 29. For more details on the operations and current conditions. please visit http://www.missionridge.com/ or contact Jordan Lindstrom, Marketing Director, 509-679-6202, jlindstrom@missionridge.com.  Click on this link to see the complete operating schedule http://www.missionridge.com/operating-schedule.

Mt Spokane reopening for Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 operations with Lifts 2, 3 and 5 open at 9:00 am and continue operation through 4:00 pm, conditions permitting.  For the latest information visit the website at http://www.mtspokane.com/snowreport or contact Kristin Whitaker, Marketing Manager, 509.951.7192, kristin@mtspokane.com or Brad McQuarrie, General Manager, 509.951.4877, brad@mtspokane.com.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort re-opens on Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1.  Basin Express Quad and Musical Chairs lifts will operate from 9am – 3:30pm, and the amount of terrain open will depend on conditions. Schweitzer will close Monday through Thursday and then re-open for daily operations on Friday, December 6. Get updated information on operations at http://www.schweitzer.com/mountain/snow-report/ or contact Sean Biggs, Marketing Director, 208-255-3031, sbriggs@schweitzer.com.

Mt Bachelor will open on Friday, November 29 from 9 AM to 4 PM with four (4) lifts: Pine Marten, Skyliner, Sunrise and Sunshine Accelerator.  Resort services available include food and beverage in several locations, Snowsports School, equipment rental & demos, retail and Child care services.  Snowblast Tubing Park will operate through the weekend.  For more on available services, ticket prices and conditions updates visit www.mtbachelor.com or contact Andy Goggins, Director of Marketing and Communications, 541-693-0953, agoggins@mtbachelor.com. The resort will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Mt Hood Meadows will operate Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1. Meadows will run four lifts from 9 AM – 4 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday this holiday weekend. Scheduled are Cascade Express, Daisy, Easy Rider and Buttercup, plus the Ballroom Carpet for beginner and kids lessons.  The Shipyard – with three lines of varying ability will be open with a “Party in the Park” on Friday from noon – 3 PM – an open jam with music, swag and pro appearances, sponsored by Nike Snowboarding.  The ski and snowboard school will be fully operational as well as many other resort services.   For more information on lift prices, conditions, operations schedules and pricing offers for this weekend please check the website http://www.skihood.com/Community-and-News/Meadows-Blog/Posts/2013/11/Meadows-Offers-Preview-Weekend or contact Dave Tragethon, Executive Director of Communications, 971-373-8111, dave.tragethon@skihood.com.

Crystal Mountain reopening on Saturday, November 30 with the Mt. Rainier Gondola accessing Green Valley for skiing and snowboarding, conditions permitting.   For the latest information and updates on lifts operating and conditions visit http://crystalmountainresort.com/News/1668/Early-Season-Operating-Details or contact Tiana Enger, tenger@skicrystal.com or 369-663-3010.

Announced openings for the first week of December:

Eaglecrest will open on Saturday, December 7.  Information on operations and conditions updates will be available at http://www.juneau.org/ecrestftp/index.php or by contacting Jeffra Clough, Director Sales/Marketing & Snowsports School, 907-790-2000 x219, Jeffra_clough@skijuneau.com.

Whitefish Mountain Resort is planning to open on Saturday, December 7.  For updates on conditions and operations check the website, http://skiwhitefish.com/ or contact Riley Ploumbus, Public Relations Manager, 406-862-1948, rileyp@skiwhitefish.com.

Other resorts in the Northwest are evaluating their current snow depths and watching the weather forecasts to determine when they will be opening.  PNSAA will send updates as more resorts announce their opening dates.  For the most up-to-date information on your favorite resort, please visit their website.