NS=new snow; PO=powder; PP=packed powder; HP=hard-packed snow; HB=hard base; GR=granular; FG=frozen granular; CO=corn snow; BC=breakable crust; UC=unbreakable crust; W=wet; IC=icy condition; BS=bare spots; DC=dangerous condition; CL=trail or slope closed.
NUMERALS REPRESENT INCHES OF SNOW
Most of the ski resorts report fair to excellent snow conditions. Expect sub-freezing temperatures in the West and some ice in the East
FAR WEST: RENO, NEV.: Snow totals soaring, with 12-20 PO on 60-70 HB. Naturally, skiing is excellent. Auto chains are advisable.
SQUAW VALLEY, CALIF.: Top of mountain has 12 PO on estimated 96 base. All trails rate excellent, due to 6-12 PO surfaces. Chair lift and Flying Saucer areas are best. About 500 skiers present for resort's sixth anniversary last weekend. Daytime temps. 10 to 30. Area chosen U.S. candidate for 1960 Olympic Winter Games.
MT. BALDY, CALIF.: 36 dry PO arrived last week and created big weekend traffic jam as chainless autos jammed lower road. Skiing is excellent at last, thanks to 30-40 PP.
NORTHWEST: MT. HOOD, ORE.: 2-3 PO on 54-91, skiing excellent. U.S. Forest Service has cancelled operating permit for Timberline Lodge, Inc., charging mismanagement, and new operator is sought. Skyway and shuttle buses operating between Govt. Camp and Timberline. Auto chains a must.
MT. BAKER, WASH.: Light W cover on 88 HB has made skiing lightning fast, DC for novices on upper runs. Even instructors are taking tumbles. Carefully packed Austin Pass slopes getting crowds.
SNOQUALMIE PASS, WASH.: IC on access roads. No new snow to cover 52 total, but skiing still rates good.
GROUSE MT., BRITISH COLUMBIA: Big crowds have caused long waits on chair lifts. Attraction is 14 NS with BC on 47-70 HB. Conditions are good and trails are packed.