Ski Season Starting Up In Washington State - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ WEATHER AUTHORITY: Ski Resorts Gearing Up For Busy Season!

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SEATTLE (AP) - Ski season is arriving in Washington's Cascades a week before Thanksgiving. Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier opens Friday, but running just two chair lifts. Mount Baker will have seven lifts in operation starting Saturday. Ski areas at Snoqualmie, Stevens and White passes still need more snow.

Cold and snowy weather is forecast into the weekend for the Cascades, with a foot or more of new snow predicted in some places.

Last year's season also began in November, but the snow tapered off sharply in midwinter because of El Nino weather conditions. This year, a La Nina is expected, which usually means much more snow.
      
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