Conditions and operations info Snow Report

Snow Report

February 24, 2024

Last Updated 3:10 PM

CURRENT TEMPS

33°F 1°C

HEATHER MEADOWS

29°F -2°C

PAN DOME

OBSERVED CONDITIONS

Winds

Light

WEATHER

Snowing

SLOPE CONDITIONS

Variable conditions

SNOWFALL

2 5cm

NEW SNOW

3 7cm

24 HR

3 7cm

48 HR

SNOWBASE

HEATHER
MEADOWS

57 144cm

78 198cm

PAN
DOME

ELEVATIONS:

  • PAN DOME: 5,020 FT
  • HEATHER MEADOWS: 4,210 FT
  • WHITE SALMON: 3,630 FT

We have been thrilled to watch the snow fall throughout the day today and are excited to report that as of the afternoon forecast update there is no end to the snowfall in sight for the near future. Current forecasts are calling for the snow to continue tonight with a storm day tomorrow with the possibility of 5” new by opening and an additional foot tomorrow during the day.  Our friends at the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center are telling us there are two storms lined up and we should see about 2 feet of new pow between now and Monday, a break Monday and Tuesday, then the storming starts again Tuesday night with another 2 feet of refresh forecasted by Friday morning.  It looks at this time like temperatures will stay nice and cool throughout this time period.

 

With these storm systems moving through we will be in an active weather pattern which could mean the potential for wind and possible delays in lift openings from avalanche control work.  Please work with us as we work to open the mountain for y’all as soon as our teams are able to.  Additionally, patrol and operations will be opening more terrain as conditions allow, please respect the current closures and rope lines.

 

Sunday’s operations will be both the Heather Meadows and White Salmon base areas, as well as the mid-mountain Raven Hut lodge with Chairs 1 - 7 will be running. Our grooming and operations departments have been hauling and pushing snow to allow for access from the top of Chair 7 to the bottom of Chair 5. As of right now, the snow base on the last pitch to the bottom of Chair 7 is still quite thin, and access back to White Salmon Base Area may require a portage (walk) from the covered trail back to the base area. Hopefully the snow that’s in the forecast for the next week or so will provide some much-needed coverage to our lower-elevation terrain and we won’t have to do that for very much longer!

 

With all the snow in the forecast our plan at this point is to start midweek operations out of White Salmon on Monday with Chairs 3-8 and the White Salmon handle tow operating plus full food operations available at the Raven Hut. 

 

As a reminder, if any of you true powder hounds would like to overnight camp in the lot to get first tracks in the morning, you’ll need a reservation. Reservations can be made on our website for both the White Salmon and Heather Meadows lots. 

Please note that, to date this winter, the strong El Nino weather pattern affecting the Pacific Northwest has created a wider than typical range of snow base conditions between the top and base elevations of the ski area. The Heather Meadows Base Area snow base on our report is taken at approx. 4,200 ft elevation, and Pan Dome snow base at approx. 5,000 ft. This season, the snow level has often times been around 3,800 ft, which has created significantly lower snow coverage below that elevation and more snowfall and snow base above. The main runs accessing Chair #4 descend below 3,800 ft., therefore you can expect much lower snow base conditions with more low snow obstacles on the lower portions of those runs. Take it slow, ski and ride with caution, portage (dismount and carry your gear) if needed.

Advisories

Ski Area Closed Advisory

SKI AREA TEMPORARILY CLOSED

SKI AREA CLOSED - Check Snow Report for Re-Opening Date

  • FACILITIES ARE NOT MAINTAINED FOR PUBLIC USE.
  • MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT HAZARDS EXIST AT ALL TIMES THAT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
  • The ski area exists on National Forest land and should you choose to enter this area, you are entering UNCONTROLLED, UNPATROLLED NATIONAL FOREST AREA ZONE and IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK
  • DO NOT ENTER any restricted areas or work zones.
  • This is a partial list. read full Advisory here!

Unusually Cold Temperatures

To reduce risk of frostbite or hypothermia, cover exposed skin, dress in protective clothing layers, take frequent warming breaks. Watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia.

Deep Snow Advisory

Deep Snow & Tree Well Advisory

Snow suffocation hazard due to deep snow immersion and/or tree wells may exist

  • AVOID TREE WELLS and KEEP YOUR PARTNER IN SIGHT
  • NEED HELP? Contact Mt. Baker Ski Patrol
  • (360) 300-7070
  • Call on Personal Radio: Channel 9 Code 11
  • Be advised: Your transmission is affected by terrain
Icy Condtions Advisory

Icy Conditions Advisory

  • USE EXTRA CAUTION
  • ICY CONDITIONS
  • Icy Conditions Exist In Some Areas
  • SKI & RIDE WITH EXTRA CAUTION & CARE ON STEEP & SHADED AREAS
Ski Area Closed Advisory

SKI AREA CLOSED

  • FACILITIES ARE NOT MAINTAINED FOR PUBLIC USE.
  • MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT HAZARDS EXIST AT ALL TIMES THAT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
  • The ski area exists on National Forest land and should you choose to enter this area, you are entering UNCONTROLLED, UNPATROLLED NATIONAL FOREST AREA ZONE and IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • TREAT THIS AREA LIKE BACKCOUNTRY AT ALL TIMES, INCLUDING USING SAFE TRAVEL AND ASSESSMENT SKILLS AND HAVING APPROPRIATE RESCUE EQUIPMENT AND PARTNER.
  • 1. AVALANCHES may occur at any time, EXTREME CLIFF AREAS and other mountain hazards exist at all times and hazards are not marked.
  • 2. The ski area is NOT CONTROLLED FOR AVALANCHES.
  • 3. NO SKI AREA MEDICAL RESPONSE PERSONNEL OR SKI PATROL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE.
  • 4. Access to any areas is STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • 5. No bicycle or motorized vehicle access at any time.
  • 6. Ski area work may be performed at any time, including but not limited to heavy equipment use, vehicle operation, chairlift maintenance operations, ski run maintenance and facility maintenance. It is your responsibility to stay away from, and not interfere with, any equipment, machinery, or work zones. DO NOT ENTER any restricted areas or work zones.
  • 7. 911 and/or Search and Rescue response is typically a minimum of hours away at best. Emergency response may not be possible.
  • 8. Signage is not in place.
Variable Snow Base Advisory

Variable Snow Base Advisory

  • USE EXTRA CAUTION
  • VARIABLE SNOW BASE
  • Possible creeks, rocks, sticks, sudden variations in terrain, snow, sub-terrain, steep dips and other hazards and obstacles
  • Snow base and conditions vary with elevation, terrain, aspect and usage.
  • SKI & RIDE WITH EXTRA CAUTION & AWARENESS
Advisory_Extreme

NWAC Extreme Avalanche Advisory

  • Mt. Baker Ski Patrol will NOT RESPOND for rescue
  • BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE DANGER RATING
  • 5 Extreme : AVOID ALL AVALANCHE TERRAIN
  • Avalanche danger rating levels are only GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE CASCADES BELOW 7,000 FEET
  • May vary hourly for Mt. Baker backcountry conditions
Advisory_High

NWAC High Avalanche Advisory

  • Mt. Baker Ski Patrol will NOT RESPOND for rescue
  • BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE DANGER RATING
  • 4 High : Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain NOT recommended.
  • Avalanche danger rating levels are only GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE CASCADES BELOW 7,000 FEET
  • May vary hourly for Mt. Baker backcountry conditions
  • Visit NWAC website for full information.
Treewell Hazard Advisory

Tree Well Hazard Advisory

  • Snow suffocation hazard due to tree wells may exist
  • AVOID TREE WELLS and KEEP YOUR PARTNER IN SIGHT
  • NEED HELP? Contact Mt. Baker Ski Patrol
  • (360) 300-7070
  • Call on Personal Radio: Channel 9 Code 11
  • Be advised: Your transmission is affected by terrain

Anticipated operations for Sunday February 25, 2024

Daily Operations

Both Heather Meadows & White Salmon Base Areas open · 9:00am-3:30pm

Lift Status

No reservations needed

White Salmon/Shuksan Side Status
Chair 5 Open
Chair 7 Open
Chair 8 Closed
White Salmon
Handle Tow (HT-2)
Closed
Heather Meadows/Pan Dome Status
Chair 1 Open
Chair 2 Open
Chair 3/4 Open
Chair 6 Open
Heather Meadows
Handle Tow (HT-1)
Open

Parking & Lodge Operations

Facility Heather MeadowsBase Area White SalmonBase Area Raven HutMid-Mountain Lodge
Lodges Open Open Open
Parking Lot Open once snow removal & other operations prep completed, closes 11pm Open 7am - 10pm Not Applicable
HWY Parking 542 Open 7am - 7pm Not Applicable
Overnight Parking Limited availability, reservations required Limited availability, reservations required Not Applicable