|Sunday • 5:33 am
April 19, 2015
|12 hrs||24 hrs|
|Base Heather Meadows||20"|
|Base Pan Dome||55"|
|Slope Conditions||Machine Groomed|
|Operation||Out of Heather medows|
We have just enough snow to hold out for today before we close for the 2014-15 season. So we will be opening at 10:00 am and close at 3:00 pm to let the snow soften up a bit before we start the lifts. We will
have live music, a BBQ, and a beer garden outside. Forecasts are calling for more sunshine and warm weather so be sure to bring the sunscreen and your coolest shades!
Rental equipment is available but we will not be running any instruction programs. And be sure to check out our End of Season BIG RETAIL SHOP SALE with most everything discounted to 40% off.
Come up and join us for the last hurrah for the 2014-15 season! And please check out the video below for a message for our passholders and Baker community.
Please note that VARIABLE SNOW BASE CONDITIONS DO EXIST. You need to ski and ride with extra caution because there are sudden terrain changes and features, rocks, sticks, creeks, and patches of
thin coverage around the ski area. Expect some thin patches of snow base at lower elevations and be sure to be aware of slow and marked areas.
End of Season 2014-15
Filmed Saturday April 18, 2015 - scroll down for condensed transcript
Transcript from End of Season video:
A message from General Manager, Duncan and Vice President of Operations, Gwyn:
Hello Loyal Mt. Baker Customers, our Mt. Baker Season Pass Holders, and other friends of Mt. Baker . . . .
It’s been a tough season; at least in my 50 years of being in the ski business, this has been the least amount of snow that I have ever seen. It has been a darn tough season for the people who really enjoy the mountains, for our pass holders, for the community in general, for our employees, the businesses down in the valley, and really for the ski areas themselves. . . .
We started the season a little later than normal, opening on December 20th. We went into full operation December 24th and had some good powder snow during Christmas, but about the 22nd of January we received 13 inches of rain in two and half days and that just hammered the base. After that it was nip and tuck, getting snow here and there and we had to move operations into the upper base Heather Meadows. . . . .
Our crews worked so hard during that time to just haul snow every which way: late night hours, early morning hours. The midweek crew in particular would spend all midweek just getting things prepped for the weekend. Our crew did a fantastic job to keep what we did have going and that was a big deal. Then we ended up suspending operations March 9th.
Looking ahead to next year:
- We will be holding (“freezing”) season pass prices for the 3rd straight season.
- All ages of 2014-2015 regular Season Pass holders will receive a 30% discount off of their 2015-2016 season pass purchase.
- We are holding the 30% discounted rate for 2014-2015 season pass holders until we receive 30 inches of snow at Heather Meadows and are open for operation.
- 5th Grade Ski Free: In addition to the 2015-2016 5th Grade Ski Free program, we will extend one more season of free skiing to the 2014-2015 5th Grade Ski Free program participants.
- The Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Exchange was such a hit, we will be continuing the program for the 2015-2016 season. Also, because Mt. Hood Meadows was so accommodating to our Season Pass customers this season when we had suspended operations, we are extending two free midweek lift tickets to the Mt. Hood Meadows 2014-2015 Unlimited Season Pass Holders for the 2015-2016 season – details will be listed on our website later in the summer. . . . .
. . . .We are really proud to be one of the last locally owned ski areas, a community ski area. And I think it goes a long way for us to know that we have such great support from the whole Baker community. It keeps our employees fired up, it makes us do everything we can to keep prices reasonable.
This has been a pretty crazy, historic season (a one-in-a hundred year). Next year we should be into a normal year. . . .
This summer we plan to hunker down, do standard maintenance and inspections and get lifts ready for next season. . .
We certainly look forward to everyone joining us again as part of the Baker community because we know it’s an important part of people’s lives. We look forward to seeing you next season!