The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas include:
Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Platter Pull, 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 has received 6 inches of new snow since Monday and as of noon today, it is snowing heavily with more snow expected. Soft snow conditions with patches of wind-blown snow are reported with an 83-inch depth at the top and 23 inches at the base area.
The east side runs off the Ptarmigan chairlift were groomed overnight, including Williwaw, Inside Passage, Cheechako, Otter Slide as well as the lower Hooter slopes.
For Nordic skiers, the Lower Loop is trackset today and the Upper Loop will be set on the weekend. Tracks will have drifted somewhat over the past few days.
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: No report available. Open daily. Details: (907) 754-7669 or www.alyeskaresort.com.
Shames Mountain Ski Area, Terrace, British Columbia, 85 miles east of Prince Rupert: Open Wednesday-Sunday 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: Reporting no new snow, 93-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 8 inches new snow, 116-145-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 10 inches new snow, 110-118-inch base with 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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