IDAHO: SUN VALLEY: Nothing doing until official opening Dec. 18. 20-30 soft PO on top of Baldy but recent temps. in 50s have cut lower cover to 2 inches. 12-15 more PO would be a big help.
NEVADA: RENO: Plenty of action here with excellent skiing on all areas. At 9,560-ft. level on top there is 60 packed PO on 24 HB and 35 packed PO at 8,300-ft. level—superb snow conditions. Daytime temps. around 45, moderate crowds so far and you don't need chains for a change driving in.
NEW MEXICO: SANTA FE: Will open for business on Dec. 18.
CALIFORNIA: SQUAW VALLEY: Lifts have been running since Thanksgiving and there is excellent skiing from top of mountain down to Tower 20. 6 PO on 48 base. Also enough cover to ski all the way down to the lodge. Daytime temps. have been around 25-30. Crowds have been small, around 300 on weekends, and probably won't increase until Christmas nears.
MT. BALDY: Three twin chair lifts standing idle until another foot comes in. At present there is 2 HB on north and south exposures with ground frozen and ready for the big white blanket. Day temps. in 50s; at night, 30s.
OREGON: MT. HOOD: 2 NS on 20 with conditions good. Temps. around 35. 50 min. wait for lift ride but the crowds are pouring in anyway. At Govt. Camp, 3 W and heavy with nothing operating. Needed—10-12 more.
WASHINGTON: MT. BAKER: The season is a month late in starting with conditions poor at best so far. 2 W on 17 very, very old. Part of base dates back to last spring and is poor for skiing. Only Austin Pass rope tow is operating. Chinook wind blowing hard and light W snowfalls continue. Take chains because last three miles of road have snow surface.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: GROUSE MT.: Snow is unskiable so far with W surfaces. Eager beavers are skiing on 4 HB over flat trails and roads.