3/3/14 UPDATE @130pm: WSDOT estimates opening i90 at 4:30pm. WSDOT crews continue to work on clearing snow and other debris from the road. Crews will continue to monitor snow pack and slope conditions so the pass can be opened when it is safe to do so. ORIGINAL STORY: i90 over Snoqualmie Pass remains closed today after WSDOT began shutting down the highway about 12hrs ago due to heavy snow and slides. Closure is EB from mp 33 near North Bend and WB from MP 106 near Ellensburg. There is NO estimated time for re-opening. WSDOT has been working all night and morning but the snow came down hard and fast – a sure sign that our Cascades’ usual March madness has begun. 6″ has accumulated at the base of Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental ski area since 5am. That’s on top of the 14″ that fell in the 24hrs before 5am. Feb. is a tough act to follow but we’re off to a good start: Summit at Snoqualmie ended February with 136″ and 170″ of new snow at the base and top of Alpental, respectively! Conditions are deep and getting deeper. Needless to say, the heavy snow, high winds, previous freezing rain and WSDOT closures due to slides are all indications that the avalanche danger remains HIGH. As Alaska heli ski icon, Dean Cummings, would say – these are “strike 3 days”. That said, below is a quick little conditions update from the safety of Summit East’s groomers yesterday (with 7″ of new =half of the new snow that is now sitting on Snoqualmie Pass, WA). Off groomers wasn’t as much fun due to an ice crust that preceded the storm. TNT’s getting ready to head back out to seek some safe low angle skiing for today in the 14″+ of new. Stay tuned for updates. Ski with (eyes on) a partner and live to ski another day.


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