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Feast or Famine – West Coast Ski Resorts This Winter

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While ski resorts throughout the Rockies and the Northeast have been enjoying ample snow so far this 2014/2015 ski season, ski resorts along the West Coast have suffered from a lack of natural snow. So much so, that one ski resort in particular has closed up shop temporarily. The Summit at Snoqualmie located on Snoqualmie Pass in Washington has struggled with mild temperatures and a lack of snow recently making ski conditions impossible.

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The resort’s website posted this statement on Wednesday, February 11th:

“Well, we’ve put up a solid fight and while it’s not over yet, we have to call it for the time being. The main run down to the base area at Alpental continues to deteriorate and the temperatures at night are making it impossible to climb the slope in our groomers to continue repair work. Since we don’t see Sessel continuing to provide a route down, we can’t keep Alpental open through the weekend. Right now it looks like after today Alpental will close until suitable conditions allow big repair work or significant snow falls. Hopefully we see a change soon.”

According to , Snoqualmie has a chance to make this year the least-snowiest on record. That record currently sits at 191″ of total snow set back in 1977. The resort has only picked up 74″ so far this season.


Winter isn’t over yet with many skiers and snowboarders hoping Mother Nature will gift the Cascades with some late season snow and lots of it. Check back with the ski resort’s website for the latest opening and closing information.

Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann

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