The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas include:
Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Platter Pull, Tubing Hill, Ptarmigan and Hooter lifts operate about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Open every day through Jan. 7 to celebrate Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival.
Eaglecrest is reporting a trace of new snow with a 11-inch base at the lodge and 97 inches at the top. Groomed runs will be smooth skiing while off-trail skiing will be very firm, hard-packed snow. There are some polished spots and marked and unmarked hazards exist. Ski with caution.
Runs groomed overnight include Easy Bowl, Williwaw, Mother Lode, Sneaky, Sourdough, Trickster, Muskeg, as well as the runouts for trails on west side of the mountain.
For Nordic skiers, the Troy Loop and the Lower Loop have been trackset today and conditions are very good.
The ski school offers lessons every day beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the cafeteria and rental shop are open. Call 790-2000, 586-5284 or go to www.juneau.org/eaglecrest for details.
Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska: Reporting no new snow base area, 6 inches at midway and 9 inches at the top with powder to variable conditions with a 12-98-inch base. Open daily. Details: (907) 754-7669 or www.alyeskaresort.com.
Whistler and Blackcomb, about 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia: Reporting 4 inches new snow, 76-inch base with packed powder conditions. Open daily. Details: (800) 766-0449 or www.whistler-blackcomb.com.
Mt. Baker Ski Area, 56 miles east of Bellingham, Wash.: Reporting 3 inches new snow, 95-130-inch base with packed powder conditions. Open daily. Details: (360) 671-0211 or www.mtbakerskiarea.com.
Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, about 20 miles west of Bend, Ore.: Reporting 1-2 inches new snow, 96-107-inch base with packed powder conditions. Open daily. Details: (800) 829-2442 or www.mtbachelor.com.
Other Washington state ski areas: www.skiwashington.com. Other Northwest ski areas: web.pdx.edu/~cyjh/orresorts.html.
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