SKIING -- Inland Northwest ski areas received another 4 to 5 inches of snow Sunday night and Monday morning, allowing for early openings at some of the area’s five resorts.
Silver Mountain Resort is scheduled to open on Friday. It was reporting 21 inches of snow on Kellogg Peak and 12 inches at mid-mountain as of this morning.
Silver Mountain joins Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North in firing up their lift lines.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season Friday through Sunday. Top-to-bottom skiing and riding are anticipated. The Nordic trail network is should see grooming on several trails by Friday. The resort will be closed midweek following the holiday weekend, re-opening for the first weekend in December.
Mount Spokane is scheduled to open on Dec. 4, although it may open Friday if more snow falls.
Inundated with more than 41 inches of snow in the past seven days, Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia plans to open this weekend for skiing and snowboarding. An estimated 44 runs will be open and four chairlifts.