How to Read Our Snow Data Above
Snowfall amounts for 12hr (overnight), 24hr, and 48hr timeframes are based on measurements taken at 5am daily. 24hr and 48hr snow totals are cumulative, so whatever fell in the last 24 is built into the 48. Between 5pm and 5am our weather data is automatically updated based on telemetry data from Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center and represents our overnight totals. The "Since 5am" snowfall amount is based on manual measurements taken periodically throughout the day.
Wind speeds for the base of Alpental and Base of Summit West courtesy of Yahoo! Weather.
December 17, 2017: The first weekend of night skiing is in the books! We had an awesome time and are looking forward to a fun holiday weekend coming up! The new snow made for a slashin' good time on the hill. The snow was still soft last night at Central providing for amazingly satisfying turns, and there was no shortage of powder pockets either! My favorite run of the night was Parachute off Triple 60, steep and challenging with super forgiving snow, so you could really let loose. Alpine also delivered, as it always does. I was loving skiing with the young trees on those upper runs, they harbor powder and you can get quick, technical turns in without the high stakes of skiing in the big guys.
The steady drizzle of rain has made the snow a little heavier than yesterday, but it's still soft and with a little extra push on each turn it can be just as fun. Be sure to warm up those legs before you strap in and bring your Gore-Tex! It's the Pacific Northwest so we all know how to have fun in wetter conditions. Stick to upper-mountain if you can; steep counter-balances sticky, so Alpental is a smart choice. On Monday and Tuesday it'll cool down a degree or two and, with steady precipitation in the forecast, it's looking like the bases might add a few inches and Alpental could get slammed!
Nordic and Tubing: Our Grooming and Nordic teams have worked hard to open some upper trails for all of our friends and family that cross-country ski. However, the Nordic Center will not be open due to low snow depth on the lower trails so please use Silver Fir Express to access the upper trails. Currently there are no Nordic trails that offer access to the base area from the top. Nordic skiers must download via Silver Fir Express at either 12 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Tubing will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 3 to 5 lanes open. Still working on getting enough snow down there to open more lanes.
Early Season Conditions Exist: Snow depth is low, so please look ahead and watch for both marked and unmarked hazards, especially at the bottom of the Silver Fir area. Conditions and coverage will be best on the main runs. Our Mountain Operations crews have worked extremely hard to maintain our runs. Please ski and ride with caution -- it's still early and we all want to enjoy a long and fun season!
The roadway is bare and wet with areas of standing water