November 17, 2017 / Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times

‘Cranked up’ snowpack up to 5 times deeper than normal in Washington mountains as ski resorts open

Get your skis, sleds and snowshoes ready, winter-sports lovers, the snowpack level is “cranked up” and calling, according to the Northwest Avalanche Center. Snow levels are higher than average across the region. At Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains, the 53-inch snowpack is more than 500 percent of normal, with 10 inches usually seen at this time, according to the center’s first snow-depth climatology report released Wednesday. At Mission Peak in the Cascades, the snowpack is 325 percent of normal. And at Mount Baker — which claims to hold the world record for verifiable measured snow in a season with 1,140 inches of snow in the 1998-99 season — there were 48 inches this week, 209 percent of average. Read full snow story here. 

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