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Recreation Report from the Shopper
for March 25, 2015

Submitted by Dave Bunting, Editor.



  • STUDS OFF vehicles by Tues., March 31.
  • Cowlitz Fisheries Information Meeting: Thur. Mar. 26
, 6–8p.m., Vets Museum, Chehalis.
  • WADOT plans to open Cayuse Pass & Chinook Pass on Fri., Apr. 3! Hooray!
  • Forest Service Road Crew says Windy Ridge may open before May 18, Mt. St. Helens Day!! Hooray!! Thank you!!
  • Riffe Lake Kosmos ramp on is now useable!
  • Elevations above 5,000 ft. continue to get several inches of new snow almost daily!
  • Babyshoe Pass, Hugo Lake and Walupt Lake roads are passable.
  • All eastside trails are closed to motorized travel until June 15.
  • Snowline in forest is about 4,300 ft. elev.


Index to the following
Recreation Report

Information for all areas:


White Pass Ski Area          

Highway Conditions          

Sky & Science                   

Lower Cowlitz Fishing       

Mt. St. Helens                   

Westside- Packwood,
          Randle & Morton

Fishing/Hunting Westside  

Forest Roads Westside       

Campgrounds Westside      

Trails Westside                 

Permits: Forest Products   

Randle Ranger Station       

Mt. Rainier Nat’l Park      

Eastside- Naches District

Fishing/Hunting Eastside   

Highways Eastside             

Forest Roads Eastside        

Campgrounds Eastside       

Trails Eastside                   

Permits-Forest Products    

Naches Ranger Station      

Elsewhere in Washington  

for all of
Shopper Country


On Monday, Mar. 23, the snowline, above which snow covered the ground, was about elevation 4,200 ft. elevation. At elevations around 4,500 ft. such as White Pass and Potato Hill there were 3 to 18 inches. At higher places such as the top of White Pass Ski Area and Paradise at 5,500 ft. and higher there were 36 to 70 inches, except far over on the drier eastside even at these high elevations there were only none to 24 inches.

Most high places at 5,000 feet and above AGAIN received several inches of fresh snow this past week and now there are one to three inches of fresh powder.

Snow Depths Mon. Mar. 23

Place                    Elev.     In.

Packwood             1,000       0

SkateCk Sno*Pk    1,500       0

Johnson Sno*Pk    2,400       0

Hwy12 Palisades    2,500       0

Wakepish S*P       2,800       0

Longmire              2,800       0

Orr Ck Sno*Pk      3,000       0

Hwy 12 Viewpnt    3,700       0

Lone Pine             3,800       1

KnuppenbergLk      4,300       0

Crystal Lodge        4,400       3

Potato Hill            4,500      18

White Pass            4,500       6

Cayuse Pass          4,700      12

Morse Lake           5,400      57

Paradise Lodge       5,500      64

Chinook Pass        5,600      70

WPassSkiTop       5,900 44-50

Corral Pass CG      6,000      36

Crystal Top           6,300      51

Sunrise                 6,400      54

Green Lk               6,000      24

Lost Horse            5,000       0

Bumping Rdg        4,600       3

Dog Lk                 4,200       1

Rocky Point          3,800       0

E Slide Bottm       3,600       0

Sand Lk Tr           3,500       0

Rimrock Lk           3,000       0

Rimrock Retrt        2,300       0

Oak Ck Game        1,700       0

Naches                  1,500       0


White Pass Ski Area reports on Monday, Mar. 23:

Base: 6”

Summit: 44”


Reopening Saturday, March 28!

We'll run again next weekend; March 28/29.  Here's hoping we get some more fresh snow.  We've been picking up a little each day.  

Ben Turnin says, "Ski White Pass! Best conditions in the PNW!”


Here's the good news however;  SPRING SEASON PASS SALE is here!  Ski free today with the purchase of a 2015/16 season pass.  Rates are 50% off our regular rate (even deeper discounts for 2014/15 pass holders who renew their pass by March 31st).
• 2014/15 Passholders- Reload for just $359 Adult or $199 Junior through March 31.
• Spring Rates: $399 Adult or $219 Junior.