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 is reporting no new snow with a 13-inch base at the lodge and 102 inches at the top. Snow conditions are variable and improving. Warm temperatures are helping to soften snow in hardpacked areas. Groomed runs are smooth and soft and off-trail conditions are still good. Watch out for marked and unmarked obstacles on lower parts of the mountain.
All of the east slopes except Cheechako were groomed overnight as well as all of the lower Hooter runs.
For Nordic skiers, the Troy Loop and the Lower Loop sustained loss of snow, standing water, then freezing conditions, so snow conditions are extremely variable.
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, 10 inches at top with wet snow conditions. Open daily. Details: (907) 754-7669 or www.alyeskaresort.com.
Whistler and Blackcomb, about 75 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia: Reporting no new snow, 81-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 no new snow, 102-135-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 no new snow, 97-110-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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