MT. BAKER SKI AREA CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

COVID-19 Info

May 22, 2020 Update

Starting May 22, 2020 the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) will begin a phased reopening of trailheads, day-use areas, and other developed recreation sites. For more information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?ci... or call (360) 856-5700.

COVID-19 FAQs

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Is the ski area open?

No. The ski area is closed for the season.

For information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs or call 360-856-5700


Are restrooms available at the ski area?

At the time of this posting, there are no restroom facilities available.

Are ski area facilities open?

No, our facilities are not open.

Is the highway still open?

Please go to www.wsdot.gov for current information on the status of Hwy 542.

Is parking allowed at the ski area?

USFS back lot at Heather Meadows is open.

For information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs or call 360-856-5700

Please go to www.wsdot.gov for current information on the status of Hwy 542.



Is overnight parking allowed at the ski area?

Starting May 22, 2020 the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) will begin a phased reopening of trailheads, day-use areas, and other developed recreation sites. For more information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?ci... or call (360) 856-5700.


For information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs or call 360-856-5700

Is snowshoeing allowed?

Starting May 22, 2020 the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) will begin a phased reopening of trailheads, day-use areas, and other developed recreation sites. For more information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?ci... or call (360) 856-5700.


For information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs or call 360-856-5700


Is access to the backcountry allowed?

Starting May 22, 2020 the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) will begin a phased reopening of trailheads, day-use areas, and other developed recreation sites. For more information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?ci... or call (360) 856-5700.


In your exercise and recreation plans over the coming weeks, please consider that any medical or rescue efforts you may need will take away valuable attention and medical supplies that are currently very much needed for our health care community.

Also, there are no Ski Patrol available at the ski area. At the time of this posting most, if not all, outside rescue organizations have suspended operations. Rescue may not be possible.

For information about what areas in National Forest remain accessible, go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs/ or call 360-856-5700


Is uphill traffic allowed in ski area?

Starting May 22, 2020 the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) will begin a phased reopening of trailheads, day-use areas, and other developed recreation sites. For more information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?ci... or call (360) 856-5700.


For information about what areas in the National Forest are accessible, please go to www.fs.usda.gov/mbs or call 360-856-5700







Previous MBSA COVID-19 Updates

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April 3, 2020 Update

April 3, 2020 Update

The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service in Washington and Oregon is aligning with state Governor's executive orders by closing all developed recreation sites across Washington and Oregon.
Mt. Baker Ski Area is a developed recreation site within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, therefore all areas inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area permit area are now closed to all recreational use access until further notice. Mt. Baker Ski Area is closed for the season.

March 22, 2020 Update

March 22, 2020

Hello Mt. Baker Skiers and Snowboarders,

Like you, in our own lives and work, we are having to adapt to the changes in daily life that our community and the world are making in order to protect our own health and the health of others by helping slow the spread of the virus.

Following Governor Inslee’s update on Friday March 20, and in continued consult with our medical team and doing our own research, we understand that there are a few things we can do to contribute in the effort to slow the spread.

Firstly, we currently are in the mitigation phase of this disease where we have an important opportunity to slow its spread. In support of science that says an essential part of mitigation and slowing the spread of the virus is social distancing, the reasonable thing for us to do is to help promote social distancing by closing the ski area through at least April 27. Yes, we are going to close for now, but we have put plans in place for a possible reopening if conditions allow after April 27. We would love to get some sunny spring skiing and riding happening, and will do our best to make that happen if possible.

Secondly, we can support our crew, their families and our local economy by supporting our crew’s health and financial well-being in ways we reasonably can. Our staff has been phenomenal through the wild ride of this season, and we would like to thank them for their flexibility and positivity especially over the past few weeks. We are paying our seasonal winter staff for their normal work hours through April 2 to help bridge them to their next seasonal jobs.

For those of us that are currently healthy, making conscious efforts to maintain this health is also very important in the overall effort, as well as just a good idea. With this in mind, 50 of our year-round /off-season crew are going to spend the next week or so putting the ski area to bed (yes, while using distancing and best practices in the workplace) and then we are giving each member of our year-round/off season crew members a two week paid health break.

During this health break, we will be paying our year-round/off-season staff to stay healthy and do their part to flatten the curve. We are strongly encouraging our staff to use this time to do things like staying home as much as possible, use distancing practices, turn off the alarm clock and get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, eat healthy, unplug, spend time taking care of children, and have some valuable quiet time. Yes, a few of us will be doing limited essential ski area work to keep the utilities on and the business running, but we are doing so with flexible schedules and only as needed. After the health break, our year-round/ off-season crew will return to work per workplace guidelines. Some will be working remotely and we will begin our normal maintenance season. If, after April 27, a time comes when the possibility to reopen may exist, it will be our year-round/off-season crew who will reopen and operate the ski area for you. Chances are it would be a limited number of chairs due to staffing numbers, but we could certainly make something happen.

A few conditions would need to exist before we would consider reopening. Among others; guidelines from government agencies and medical professionals would need to be less restrictive than they are now and reasonable to implement, we would need available medical staff for our Aid Rooms and enough masks and PPE for them and our ski patrol without negatively impacting medical facilities in the lowlands, and. . . .snow on the ground.

While we are closed, please be aware that there will be no avalanche control work done and no ski patrol or ski area medical staff available for response. See our separate safety information and FAQ for answers to a few logistical questions regarding ski area closure.

Once again, we do not take these decisions lightly and encourage you to stay informed, do your research and follow the guidelines and suggestions set out by science, and health and government officials. In your exercise and recreation plans over the coming weeks, please consider that any medical or rescue efforts you may need will take away valuable attention and medical supplies that are currently very much needed for our health care community. We also greatly appreciate the Facebook posts, notes and conversations that demonstrate how our local Glacier and greater mountain community is figuring this out together and taking real tangible steps to be a part of a bigger global effort. One of our Aid Room Advisory Committee physicians suggests that on an individual level, in addition to general precautionary measures, one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming ill is to ensure you are getting quality sleep and actively reducing your stress. They suggest this, combined with getting regular exercise and eating a nutritious diet, will positively contribute to your physical and mental health and well being.

Thank you to those who are staying informed and this is a reminder that we are looking to each other to take reasonable actions to support our own health and protect the health of others so we all can resume life in a more normal way, hopefully as soon as possible. These next few weeks matter.

Duncan Howat – President

Gwyn Howat – CEO

Mike Trowbridge – General Manager & CFO

Sam Llobet – Director of Mountain Operations and Patrol Director

March 15, 2020 Update


March 15, 2020 2:45 pm

Hello Mt. Baker Skiers and Snowboarders,

In light of current circumstances, we are continuing to evaluate and base decisions about our operations in direct consult with health care professionals in our region and with timely information and guidance issued through our State and the CDC.

In discussions this morning with the Medical Program Director Emergency Medical Services for Whatcom County and health care community members, it was decided that the availability of the 70+ valued medics, nurses, flight nurses, and doctors who are members of our ski patrol and help provide emergency medical services on a daily basis here is now needed in the hospital and health care community. While some of our foundational medical resources at the ski area are utilized elsewhere, we will be taking a pause in our ski area operations for the next 7-10 days. On Sunday March 22nd we will consulting again with health officials to assess the availability of our Aid Room staff professionals and reassess the situation for possible reopening on March 24th.

Our core staff will continue working through this time to keep things ready to go at a moment’s notice. We assure you we will resume operations at the earliest opportunity that our medical care resources allow and within parameters and guidelines of what is in the best interest of the mountain, local and greater global communities.

We will continue to pay staff members who are scheduled to work through April 2 regardless of what day we may resume operations before then.

Highway 542 and access to the upper Heather Meadows lot will remain open depending on weather and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Like you, we appreciate and understand how important the mountain is as a place to exercise, recharge, get some fresh air and do those things that help us all maintain our strong and good health. We greatly appreciate all the confirming and appreciative letters, texts and conversations we have received from so many of you about how important this place is to our community and we will do our best to continue to navigate this with you as we all adapt to what is happening.

We wish you all continued good health and hope that in this time you are able to get out and enjoy the fresh air and rejuvenating benefit of the so many beautiful natural places we have here in the Northwest and we hope to see you back on the mountain soon.

Duncan Howat President

Gwyn Howat CEO

Mike Trowbridge General Manager

Sam Llobet Director of Mountain Operations

March 14, 2020 Update


March 14, 2020

We at Mt. Baker would like to thank our customers for their support throughout this season and for their continued support, understanding and patience as we navigate this situation. We would also like to thank our amazing employees for their hard work in adapting to the challenges and changes we are facing. The feedback from employees and customers - in their deep appreciation for these beautiful mountains and their desire to continue working and enjoying this place - is inspiring us to continue navigating this challenging situation and maintain operations and access for our community while following the recommendations and guidelines developed by the health authorities.

This update is to help inform visitors about our continued ski area operations and enhanced measures we are taking regarding coronavirus:

  • We are staying informed of current health official information, including recent proclamations by our governor, regarding COVID-19 and as issued through our local Whatcom County Department of Health, WADOH, and the CDC. We are also in frequent and direct communication with local medical professionals who are also part of our Whatcom County’s EMS and our ski patrol. We are continuing our operations and implementing guidelines and precautions accordingly.
  • The number of customers and parking will be limited.
  • There may be less seating and/or food service available at times in our day lodges than usual. There are also lots of beautiful outdoor seating options, including our outdoor seating areas, the mountain itself, or you can eat in your own vehicle. We encourage you to bring your own sack lunch!
  • Daily Group lessons and private lessons are available on a limited basis, with limited class size. Spring Fling Komo Kids and Racer Development programs have been cancelled.
  • We have posted guidance and provided enhanced sanitization supplies throughout the ski area for the public facilitate the prevention of COVID-19.
  • We have instructed our staff to stay home if they have even the slightest symptoms of illness or fever or have been in close contact with someone with the same symptoms.
  • In addition to existing hand washing areas, we have also provided additional hand sanitizing stations in key locations for employees and visitors.
  • We have increased the frequency of disinfection in bathrooms, kitchen surfaces, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces and are performing regular sanitization rounds through the base area facilities.
  • We’ve put up CDC recommendation signage in public and employee areas.

Here are some ways we can work together to maintain a healthy mountain environment:

  • Stay away from the area if you have symptoms of illness, fever, or symptoms described by the CDC or local health officials and/or are caring for others who are ill. Stay away if you have had contact with anyone who has been required to self-isolate.
  • Maintain social distancing: No need to ride 4 to a chair and no need to ride with people who are not in your crew. Don't crowd in the lift lines, maintain space. Eat outside or at your car, keep a distance between tables and others eating. Bring your own sack lunch.
  • Wash your hands, and wash them well!
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, and wash your hands again.
  • BYOP - pay with credit card and Bring Your Own Pen for signing.

Links to more information from the Department of Health and CDC:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirushttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19

Thank you for your efforts in becoming informed and we encourage you to review health official information sources. We will continue to stay informed ourselves and post any updates or changes that occur, here on our website.

We recognize that the mountain environment and fresh air are a great source of refuge and comfort for people in our community. We will continue to work to provide access to the beautiful mountains of this area while following the recommendations and guidelines developed by the health authorities.

Duncan Howat President

Gwyn Howat CEO

Mike Trowbridge General Manager

Sam Llobet Director of Mountain Operations & Patrol Director

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