Two ski areas close enough to drive to from Portland open

The opening of ski season is inching its way toward Portland, with a Thursday debut planned at two resorts that are often driving destinations for Oregon skiers. Mt. Baker Ski Area near Bellingham, Wash., and Whistler Mountain north of Vancouver, British Columbia, have both announced opening day as Thursday, Nov. 19. Both are too far from Portland to treat as day-trip ski areas, but both have long been overnight destinations for skiers and snowboarders from Oregon.