Photo: View of fresh snow on Pan Dome and Shuksan from Heather Meadows Base Area. Friday October 21, 2016
Hello Skiers and Snowboarders!
The excitement is building here at Mt. Baker, with the 2016-17 winter season close on the horizon. We are looking forward to another fun year on the mountain, with forecasts predicting a good snow year for Mt. Baker. From General Manager Duncan Howat, "Winter 2016-2017 is forecast by NOAA to be an "average" winter; small La-Niña - no El-Niño. When this happens we tend to have a fairly early opening (at least by Thanksgiving), and then a lot of snow by Christmas. January/February continues cold and snowy - with the possibility for snow even in the lowlands. In short, with an average snowfall of 659" = good winter ahead for skiing and snowboarding at Baker." Forecasts calling for wet, blustery weather on into November so we are anticipating earlier season, hopefully opening before Thanksgiving.
The storm over the
weekend dumped significant snowfall at higher elevations and we are
seeing snow sticking down to about 5,000 feet today. We have a light
dusting at Heather Meadows but need the freezing levels to drop to get a
good accumulation. Our crew has worked hard all summer to get the
lifts, buildings and utilities in tip-top shape and we'll be training
our seasonal crew soon so we can be ready to roll the lifts as soon as
we get enough snowfall to open. Here at Baker we need between 18 - 30
inches of snow base in order to open; the amount varies depending on the
quality of the snowfall and how it builds. Stay tuned here for the
most up-to-date info on a possible opening day.
To whet your appetite for the upcoming season, come check out the 17th annual Mt. Baker Film Festival. Since 1999, the Mt. Baker Film & Art Festival has been the premier location for local and independent filmmakers to share their work with an audience of avid winter enthusiasts. Arrive early for the Winter Expo where local businesses will be on hand to show off new goods and services for the upcoming winter season. There are plenty of prizes to be raffled off in both the Winter Expo and on the Main Stage, where one lucky person will win the grand prize of a 2016-2017 Mt. Baker Ski Area Season Pass. Come for the films and stay for the festivities. 2016-17 Mt. Baker Season Passholders get in free.
Mt. Baker Season Passes are on sale now at pre-season discounted rates; you can save up to $65 if you purchase your pass by Friday November 4th. More good news for pass-buyers; we've held our season pass rates the
same for the fourth season in a row! You can purchase
online or at our business
office in Bellingham.
We're looking forward to seeing you on the mountain soon!