Good news for skiers and snowboarders looking to make some turns on Mount Baker this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. After temporarily closing for two days due to extreme weather, the Ski Area reopened Friday morning, March 16th! Reporting favorable conditions, Mount Baker’s operations manager, Gwyn Howat, stated that “[conditions on the mountain] looks relatively calm.” The Ski Area is reporting 8 inches of fresh powder, as snow continues to fall.
Mount Baker Highway closed Wednesday east of Glacier after heavy snowfall caused 16 trees to fall on the road. While the road re-opened on Thursday with restricted access, the chair lifts remained closed. According to Howat, conditions the unstable snowpack made conditions too dangerous. Additionally, large slides were reported in the backcountry in Rumble Gully.
Mount Baker Ski Area has posted the following notice to visitors on its website: “After some extreme conditions yesterday, we are back on track with cold temperatures and some light snowfall forecasted for today. Temperatures are expected to remain cool through the weekend, with some snowfall off and on and a few sun breaks.”
The website also reports that thanks to back-to-back storms, the mountain has received an impressive 160 inches of snowfall in the month of March alone! Currently the snow base at Heather Meadows is 258 inches deep.
So, enjoy the weekend and stay safe! For up-to-date weather and mountain conditions, visit the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center