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Are you ready to hit the slopes? The wait’s almost over

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UTAH, ALTA SKI AREA:  A woman skier enjoys the snow at Alta.

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SEATTLE – All the sudden, ski season is only three days away.

Mount Baker and Whistler both announced that they’ll be opening Thursday, Stevens Pass will open Friday, and Snoqualmie Pass might not be far behind. It’s welcome news for skiers after last year’s wretched season.

“With 15 inches of new snow last night we currently have 36 inches of base at Heather Meadows and 60 inches of snow on top of Pan Dome,” Mount Baker staff wrote on their website.

The Summit at Snoqalmie is tentatively set to open around the end of the month.

“We typically never have a concrete date as we don’t have a real snowmaking operation,” a resort spokesperson said. “Resorts that have that can often state a date. We will open as soon as we have enough snow, typically 20 to 24 inches. And that would be at Summit West as it’s the easiest to open on a lower snow level. I will say that with the amount of snow activity that we are receiving in November so far, it seems likely we will be open hopefully by the end of the month, or very early December which would be our traditional opening scenario.”

Whistler will also open Thursday, and Blackcomb will open a week later, on Thanksgiving. Calls to Chrystal Mountain were not immediately returned.