The ski season has been an unmitigated disaster. Snoqualmie Pass is home to four ski areas, all with base elevations near 3,000 feet. Here's what it looked like at the Summit Central ski area this morning.
If you have a season's pass for the Snoqualmie Pass ski areas, Crystal Mountain will let you ride for free, but if you go there, here's what you'll find.
Paradise Ranger Station on Mt. Rainier is one of the snowiest places in the world, but not this year. SNOTEL data from Paradise shows that they've had plenty of precipitation (compare black and grey lines) and are actually a bit above average since the start of the water year on October 1st. However, much of that precipitation has fallen in the form of rain and the amount of water retained in the snowpack is well below average (compare blue and red lines).
A lot of snow can fall in a hurry in the Cascades if the pattern shifts, but if this death ridge continues it's grip on the west, this will be one of the most dismal Pacific Northwest ski seasons on record.