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Ski retailers benefit from early snow in the Northwest

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Snow has arrived early this year and it’s making for an early Christmas present for those who work in the ski supplies business, local retailers say have been busy and expect to stay that way for several weeks.

White Pass is scheduled to open Friday as a foot of new snow is forecasted for the Olympic Mountains and the Washington Cascades.

Sig Fossum owns Sporthaus in Yakima and says an early snow season like the one happening this year will keep his store packed through Christmas. The weather needs to be just right, he says, for it to stay that way past the holiday.

"If we have a dry spell things quiet down but if we continue to get new snow, people are real anxious to get up there,” he said. “If you get too much snow, you can't get there so it's a happy medium."

As of Friday morning, here is a look at conditions for major resorts in the Northwest:


Mt. Baker – Opened Thursday (Limited Conditions)

Crystal Mountain – Opened Wednesday (Limited Conditions)

Mt. Hood – Opened Wednesday (Limited Conditions)

Stevens Pass – Pending (Not expected to open this weekend)

The Summit at Snoqualmie – Closed

Whistler Blackcomb – Opens Saturday


You can find out the latest pass and road conditions under the “Weather” tab. The resorts listed above update conditions on their web sites, you can get to them by clicking “News Links” on the home page.