What’s Open as of December 9th, 2016

Posted on December 9th, 2016


Contact:               John Gifford, President, 877-533-5520
Release Date:    Friday, December 9, 2016            

La Conner, WA – The Pacific Northwest storms that arrived recently have brought more snow to the mountains.  Nearly every resort is operating and many have continued to expand operations in the last week.  The skiing and snowboarding opportunities keep getting better by the day and forecasts are looking good for more snow in the mountains this weekend.  Here is a rundown of resorts operating or opening in the near future:  


49 Degrees North Mountain Resort is now in full operating schedule 9 am until 3:30 pm Friday through Tuesday.  For more information regarding lifts and conditions go to www.ski49n.com or contact Kenleigh Hobby, KHobby@ski49n.com or 509-935-6649.

Bluewood opened for the 2016-2017 season on Friday, December 9 at 9 am with operations through Sunday, December 11.  The resort will reopen for daily operations on Thursday, December 15 the Holiday season until Monday, January 2.  The resort will close at 2 pm Christmas Eve and all day Christmas Day.  For the latest on snow conditions and operations info go to www.bluewood.com or contact Loree Chase-Waite, Marketing Manager; loree@bluewood.com.

Crystal Mountain is operating daily 9 am to 4 pm.   For the current operations and conditions go to: https://crystalmountainresort.com/the-mountain/current-conditions/ or contact Tiana Anderson, 360-663-3012 or tiana@skicrystal.com.

Hurricane Ridge Ski & Snowboard Area will operate on the regular schedule – Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday.  During Christmas break the schedule will be open extra days on Dec. 23rd, 26th and the 30th as well as Jan 2nd.  For more information visit http://hurricaneridge.com/ or contact Frank Crippen, frank@nxnwsurf.com or 360-452-5144.

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort will reopen Thursday, December 8 operating through Sunday 9am-4pm. For more details on conditions and operations visit: https://www.missionridge.com/snow-report or contact Tony Hickok, ahickok@missionridge.com or 509-888-9404.

Mt Baker is in normal daily operation. For more information go to https://www.mtbaker.us/snow-report or contact Amy Trowbridge, amy@mtbaker.us or 360-734-6771. 

Mt Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is open Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 4 pm.  For more details on conditions and operations go to: http://www.mtspokane.com/snowreport or contact Brad McQuarrie, brad@mtspokane.com or 509-238-7007.

The Summit at Snoqualmie is open for the season with operations out of Summit West from 9 am to 4 pm.  Summit Central will open for the season on Friday, December 9, 9 am to 4 pm, with Alpental opening on Saturday, December 10, 9 am to 4 pm.  The Nordic Center is planned to open on Saturday, December 17.  For more information visit: http://www.summitatsnoqualmie.com/conditions or contact Guy Lawrence, glawrence@summiti90.com or 425.434.6728

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is operating daily from 9 am to 4 pm. The Pass Nordic Center opened for the season Friday, December 9 with 14 km machine groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing. For more operating and conditions details go to https://www.stevenspass.com/site/mountain/reports/snow-and-weather-report/@@snow-and-weather-report or contact Chris Danforth, christopher.danforth@stevenspass.com or 206-812-7856.

White Pass will begin daily operation with all lifts Thursday, December 8. For conditions and schedule updates visit www.skiwhitepass.com or contact Kathleen Goyette, kat@skiwhitepass.com or 509-945-3189.


Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort announced their opening day Saturday, December 10, 2016. Groomed runs will include Broadway, Variety, Vista, and Road Run, as well as the Lake Loop at the Nordic Center.

The resort will be open Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11, from 9 am to 4 pm. Then starting Saturday, December 17, the resort is scheduled to operate daily through Sunday, January 1 for the holiday break. The resort will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and is closed Christmas Day. For more details visit http://anthonylakes.com/ or contact Chelsea Judy, chelsea@anthonylakes.com or 541-56-3277 x12.

Diamond Lake Resort the tube hill is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am-4 pm for day tubing through the season.  Night cosmic tubing will be Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm-9 pm.  They will be open daily during the Christmas break.  For more information go to http://www.diamondlake.net/1002/Page.aspx or contact John H Jonesburg III, dlfoodservice@juno.com or 541-793-3333 ext. 4.

Mt Bachelor is operating daily 9 am to 4 pm.  The Nordic Center is open, Snowblast Tubing Park is open for walk-up tubing (Friday through Sunday).  For more information on operations and conditions go to http://www.mtbachelor.com/conditions-report/ or contact Stirling Cobb, scobbmtbachelor.com or 541-693-0953. 

Mt Ashland reopened Thursday, December 8 for its regular five-day-a-week schedule – closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  For more information on operations and conditions visit www.mtashland.com or contact Hiram Towle, htowle@mtashland.com or 541-482-2897 ext. 224.

Mt Hood Meadows is operating daily from 9 AM – 4 PM daily. The resort will have preview nights Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11.  The regular night operating schedule will start Friday, December 16.   For more information go to https://www.skihood.com/the-mountain/conditions or contact Dave Tragethon, Dave.Tragethon@skihood.com or call 971-373-8111.

Mt Hood Skibowl is operating on their regular schedule daily.  For more details go to: http://www.skibowl.com/winter/ or contact Hans Wipper, hans@go.skibowl.com or 503-272-3206 x1103.

Timberline Lodge is now open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.  For more details and conditions go to: http://www.timberlinelodge.com/conditions/ or contact John Burton, jburton@timberlinelodge.com, (503) 272-3345.

Warner Canyon Ski Area will begin the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, December 17 with lifts running from 9 am to 4 pm, lodge opens at 8 am.   More information at http://warnercanyon.org/ or call 541-947-5001.

Willamette Pass expects to be in full mountain operations starting on Saturday, December 10. For more information on conditions and operations visit http://www.willamettepass.com/index.php or contact Tim Wiper at 541-345-7669.


Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has announced opening for the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, December 10.  Operations will include Coach lift (beginner) and Easy Rider conveyer lift.  For more information on operations and conditions visit http://bogusbasin.org/the-mountain/overview/conditions-webcams/ or contact Brad Wilson, bwilson@bogusbasin.org or 310-487-0789.

Lookout Pass Ski Area is open Thursday through Sundays 9 am to 4 pm (PST). Christmas Vacation: Open 7 days a week starting Thursday, Dec. 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017. For details on current operations and conditions go to: https://skilookout.com/snow-report or contact Phil Edholm, phil@skilookout.com or 208-744-1234.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is open for daily operations 9 am-3:30 pm.  For more information go to http://www.schweitzer.com/explore/snow-report/ or contact Dig Chrismer,  dchrismer@schweitzer.com or 208-263-9555, ext 2803.

Silver Mountain Resort will reopen Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11. More information go to http://www.silvermt.com/snow-report or contact Neal Scholey, neals@silvermt.com or 208-783-1111.


Alyeska Resort is in 7day-a-week operations starting each day at 10:30 am For more details on lifts and conditions visit http://www.alyeskaresort.com/snow-report or contact Shannon Markley smarkley@alyeskaresort.com or 907-754-2546.

Eaglecrest Ski Area will reopen for limited operations on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information go to: http://www.skijuneau.com/ or contact Jeffra Clough, Jeffra_Clough@ci.juneau.ak.us or 907-790-2000.


Whitefish Mountain Resort began the 2015-2016 season on Wednesday, December 7 with 5 Lifts, 17 Trails. For the weekend the resort will open with Chair 6 at 9 a.m. which will provide access to the Lift Plaza and Chair 1 from the Base Lodge and lower parking lots.  For conditions and operations details go to: http://skiwhitefish.com/snowreport/ or contact Christina “Riley” Polumbus, rileyp@skiwhitefish.com or 406-862-1948

Many of the 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. 

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The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association is a non-profit trade association, which represents the interests of 35 ski and snowboard facilities located in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and California.  The Association’s member ski areas – most of which operate on public land – collectively host an estimated 5.1 million visits annually.  For additional information on Pacific Northwest skiing and snowboarding, contact the PNSAA office at (877) 533-5520, or visit www.pnsaa.org to link to the website of your favorite mountain.