What’s Opening This Week in the Northwest – November 22-24, 2013

Contact:  John Gifford, President, 877-533-5520

Release Date:   Thursday, November 21, 2013, for immediate release.

La Conner, WA – The 2013-2014 winter season in the Pacific Northwest has begun thanks to the storms that arrived within the last week bringing snow to the mountains.  Several resorts have opened in the last week and more are looking to open by this coming weekend.  Here is a rundown:

Crystal Mountain Resort is currently in operation through Sunday, November 24. Closing Monday-Wednesday next week and opening again on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day). The Mt. Rainier Gondola will operate lending access to the Green Valley Lift for skiing. For updates and more information visit http://crystalmountainresort.com/News/1668/Early-Season-Operating-Details or contact Tiana Enger, tenger@skicrystal.com or 369-663-3010.

Mt. Baker Ski Area begins 7-day-a-week operation today (Thursday, November 21) with operations at both the White Salmon and Heather Meadows Base Areas.  Plus with at least 7 chair lifts and main runs only are 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.

Lookout Pass opens for the season today (Thursday, November 21) with the majority of the front side of the mountain open from Lifts 1 & 4. Additional lifts and terrain as conditions allow. 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 is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Friday, November 22nd running Daisy, Brooks, Hogsback and Skyline.  Beacon Hill will have at least 10 terrain park features.  Services available include ski school, rental, equipment care and repair and retail shops. Foodservice will be in the Granite Peaks Lodge.  For the latest conditions and ticket pricing check the website at http://www.stevenspass.com/site or contact Chris Danforth, VP Marketing & Sales, 206-812-7856, christopher.danforth@stevenspass.com.

Timberline Lodge plans to reopen with operations 7 days a week with as many lifts as conditions permit starting Friday, November 22.  Timberline is the Northwest’s year-round skiing opportunities and has been in limited operations this fall. 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.

49˚ North Mountain Resort reopens on Friday, November 22 with operations through Sunday, November 24, 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Four chair lifts (Chairs 1, 3, 4 and 5) will provide access to all basins on the mountain.  49˚ North 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 Spokane is opening on Saturday, November 23 at 9 am.  Normal hours of operation will be in effect.  Lifts 2, 3 and 5 will open at 9:00 am, and continue operation through 4:00 pm.  Special discounted pricing will be in effect for Opening Day. Operations will continue throughout the weekend.  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 is opening their 50th anniversary season this Saturday, November 23 at 9 am for a “sneak peak” weekend.  Operations will be Saturday and Sunday with 400 acres of open terrain for all ability levels from the Basin Express and Musical Chairs lifts. The chairs are scheduled to operate from 9 am to 3:30 pm during opening weekend.  Operations will include a few intermediate park features and limited groomed trails on the Nordic system. Schweitzer will close mid-week and then re-open on Friday, November 29 for the weekend.  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 plans a Pre-Thanksgiving  terrain park with multiple lines including rails and boxes under the Sunshine Accelerator lift on Saturday November 23 from 9 am to 4 pm through Wednesday, November 27.   In addition, on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, a walk-up tubing hill will be available at the Snowblast tubing area and the Nordic Center will open approximately 5 kilometers of groomed trails.  For more 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 offer a preview weekend with limited operations from 9 AM – 4 PM this Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24. Two lifts – Buttercup and Easy Rider – are scheduled, along with the “Fun Zone” serviced by the Ball Room Carpet over the snow conveyer for adult and children’s lessons. The Shipyard rail park will be open with several rail features for free styling. For more information on special 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 Tregathon, Executive Director of Communications, 971-373-8111, dave.tragethon@skihood.com.

Alyeska Resort has announced the kickoff of the 2013-2014 season with their opening day on Thursday, November 28 at 10:30 am.  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.

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 34 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 5.5 million visits annually.  For additional information on Pacific Northwest skiing and snowboarding, contact the PNSAA office at (877) 533-5520, or visit our member page to link to the website of your favorite mountain.