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ALTA, UTAH: Skiing continues excellent, and they mean excellent—8 PO on 32 HB. More snow expected. Upper Germania area is best. Weekend crowds have been good, waiting times around 10 minutes. However, lift lines may lengthen as schools let out this weekend.
WHITEFISH, MONT.: Tows not operating, weather not cooperating. Snow is at least two weeks late, with only the diehards skiing on trails above 5,000 feet.
BANFF, ALBERTA: Hard to find a native who can recall a milder December. Snow scarce and at least a foot is needed to permit skiing. Temps. have been 35-45, 15 degrees above normal, and no relief is in sight.
FAR WEST: RENO, NEV.: Excellent skiing to date with 4-5 packed PO surfaces on plenty of base. All lifts running daily. Crowds have been light so far but a surge is expected for the holidays. Car chains advisable.
SQUAW VALLEY, CALIF.: 12 PO on 60 base adds up to excellent skiing. All 35 trails are open, with the best action on the upper third of the mountain. Temps. 25-35. Crowds have been small—around 500—and there is immediate seating on the lifts.
MT. BALDY, CALIF.: Nothing doing. 4-7 HP on upper, only patches lower with plenty of BS and rocks. Lifts are idle. Skiers from Los Angeles are driving 325 miles north to Mammoth Mt., where there's 12 dry-packed PO on 36 base.
NORTHWEST: MT. HOOD, ORE.: Last weekend 2,000 skiers waited up to 45 minutes for lift at Timberline. The reason: 3 NS on 30, good. Temps. around 30. At Govt. Camp tows. CL, traces of NS on 6 base, 12 more still needed.
MT. BAKER, WASH.: Conditions improving at last. 10 dry old snow on 36 HP with some BC. Skiing generally good, with best runs at Austin Pass. Temps, below freezing, with weather outlook promising. Chains are a must because last eight miles of road are covered with packed snow.