The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas include:
Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Opens at 9 a.m. Friday. Ptarmigan and Hooter lifts will operate about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Monday. Platter Pull and the tubing hill will open when conditions allow. Snow cover is limited in some areas, so watch out for hazards.
Snow depth is about 8 inches at the base and about 75 inches on top and more snow is expected.
The cafeteria and the rental shop are open. Lessons are available, although classes for beginners will wait for the opening of the Platter Pull. The shop has installed a new ski/snowboard tuner from Wintersteiger. Call 790-2002 for details.
Season passes remain on sale and pass photos are being taken at the Eaglecrest business office in City Hall. Details: 586-5284 or www.juneau.org/eaglecrest.
Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska: Open Wednesday-Sunday, open daily beginning Dec. 19. Details: (907) 754-7669 or www.alyeskaresort.com.
Shames Mountain Ski Area, Terrace, British Columbia, 85 miles east of Prince Rupert: Open this weekend, then Wednesday-Sunday Dec. 12 through April 7, plus daily during Christmas holidays. Details: (250) 635-3773 or www.shamesmountain.com.
Whistler and Blackcomb, about 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia: Open daily. Details: (800) 766-0449 or www.whistler-blackcomb.com.
Mt. Baker Ski Area, 56 miles east of Bellingham, Wash.: Open daily. Details: (360) 671-0211 or www.mtbakerskiarea.com.
The Summit at Snoqualmie, about 50 miles east of Seattle: Open Wednesday-Sunday, some areas open weekends only. Details: (425) 434-7669 or www.summit-at-snoqualmie.com.
Crystal Mountain, about 75 miles southwest of Seattle: Open daily. Details: (360) 663-2265 or www.skicrystal.com.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Mount Hood, Ore., east of Portland: Open daily. Details: (503) 227-SNOW or www.skihood.com.
Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, about 20 miles west of Bend, Ore.: 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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