SPOT TO SKI: WHITE PASS
Elevation 4,500 to 6,000 feet; average snowfall 42 feet; usual snow cover 10-20 feet; skiers last year 35,000; season Jan. 1 to April 30
Some of the best snow country in the U.S. was opened this weekend when White Pass, Washington started up the longest lift in the Northwest—a mile-long double chair which takes 12 minutes to shoot skiers from a warming lodge and cafeteria just off Highway 5 up 1,500 vertical feet to Pig Tail Peak (right). Five trails run down from Pig Tail, three of them expert (Midway Cutoff, 1 mile; Roller Coaster, 1.4 miles; Chair Lift Line, 1 mile). Cascade trail is built for intermediates but is no easy run. The beginner can ride clear to the top and take Holiday for a gentle three-mile run back. The base has an 85-acre open slope which has a fast ?-mile Pomalift running the length of it. White Pass usually has six inches of powder on top of a solid base through April. Tips: Nearest overnight lodgings are at Packwood, 20 miles west. Yakima (53 miles east) has a large choice of lodgings, from the penthouse rooms of the Chinook Hotel to handy motels. Rental skis are available at White Pass. Area operates Wednesdays and weekends only.
SKIING COAST TO COAST
TD-top slopes, depth in inches; BD-bottom slopes, depth in inches; CR-ski crowd last weekend; SN-inches of snowfall last weekend
White Pass, Wash.: Snow drought reduced usual snow level here last weekend. Fair skiing on Cascade, others poor. Newspaper ski school postponed to Jan. 26. TD 36, BD 24, CR 500.
Mt. Baker, Wash.: Only trail closed is chute, skiing good. Warm Rossee quilted parkas popular. TD 73, BD 89, CR 2,600, SN 21.
Mt. Hood, Ore.: Skiing excellent on Magic Mile last weekend. TD 56, BD 49, CR 4,500, SN 6.
Squaw Valley, Calif.: Skiing best in Third Bowl after weekend snow. Rest of area was fair to poor. Tram and Flying Saucer closed. TD 20 to 27, BD 12, CR 500, SN 3.