20 Ski Resorts CLOSED on the West Coast Due to Lack of Snow

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Dodge Ridge, CA in January 2015
Dodge Ridge, CA in January 2015

It’s been a brutal year on the West Coast for the little guys.  Smaller ski resorts don’t have the funding nor snowmaking capacity to make it through warm, dry winters such as our current winter.  

These smaller ski area operators have to shut down when conditions take a turn for the worse.  Shutting down means financial loss, no cash flow, laying off nearly all the employees, and a slowing or stoppage of business in the local area.  

Western snow depths
**Currently snow water equivalent in the West Coast snowpack is dismal.  9% of average in northern Washington, 16% of average in Tahoe, CA, 10% in much or Oregon…

It’s no ones fault, it’s just mother nature.  All we can do is keep our fingers crossed for some big March and April storms that can get these Mom and Pop ski areas up and running again.

The biggest, most well known ski resorts on this list are Mt. Baker, WA and Homewood, CA.

Mt. Baker ski area on February 3rd, 2015. photo: snowbrains
Mt. Baker ski area on February 3rd, 2015. photo: snowbrains

SKI AREAS CURRENTLY CLOSED ON THE WEST COAST DUE TO A LACK OF SNOW:

– CALIFORNIA –

Homewood, CA

Mountain High, CA

Dodge Ridge, CA

China Peak, CA

Badger Pass, CA

Mt. Shasta Ski Park, CA

Mt. Baldy, CA

Tahoe Donner, CA

Donner Ski Ranch, CA

– NEVADA –

Elko Snobowl, NV

Homewood, CA on January 30th, 2015.
Homewood, CA on January 30th, 2015.

– OREGON –

Spout Springs, OR

Cooper Spur, OR

Willamette Pass, OR

Hoodoo, OR

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, OR

Snoqualmie, WA on February 12th, 2015.
Snoqualmie, WA on February 12th, 2015.

– WASHINGTON –

Mt. Baker, WA

Alpental, WA

Mt. Spokane, WA

Snoqualmie, WA

49 Degrees North, WA

49 thoughts on “20 Ski Resorts CLOSED on the West Coast Due to Lack of Snow

    1. yup.. they got moisture ( rain ) around super bowl sunday and it all went away and never came back

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    2. if it was closer to a city and easier/cheaper for people to get to they might still be able to have it open,there is snow up there…just not much..stevens pass and crystal mountain look about the same

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  1. Uh, Anthony Lakes is not closed. Its still very much open. In fact they just did Snow Blast on Saturday.

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  2. Anthony Lakes is operating on their regular schedule. Closed Monday thru wednesday, open Thursday thru Sunday. They have a 50 inch base. Step your fact checking game up!

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    1. Mt Ashland is open. Will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday (March 13, 14, 15). Has been open for past few weeks.

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  3. Anthony lakes is very much open with a nice 55/base. Where the hell did you guys get your info.

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  4. I spoke to my buddy who a patroller at Baker last night and he told me it’s pretty grim up there. It’s true, Baker has no snow

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  5. We have decent snow in the alpine at Whistler, but pretty awful below mid station or in trees. None of the Vancouver, BC mountains are open either.

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  6. Dude! Anthony Lakes in Eastern Oregon IS OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got five inches of fresh last weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Mt. Baker got 185 inches in february alone last year. The minute rise in earth’s temperature in one year doesn’t affect the snow to this magnitude.

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  7. Do the good people of this here interweb ever say anything that hasn’t been said already?
    I mean, I’m glad all you all are checking for accuracy and making certain the reports are correct — but after the 3rd, 4th, 5th… shall I continue?.. person mentions how facts needed to be checked and that Anthony Lakes is open, you start to look like the priest that picks up the prostitute just to show people what not to do if they wanna be a good Godly human — its a touch oxymoronic… I think the point got across, jussayin.

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  8. No Michal. We are just all locals enjoying our season and want others to come and enjoy it as well

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  9. Whoever said Mt Ashland is closed you’re wrong! We are open for now don’t know what will happen tmrw tho…

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  10. Getting tired of these Anthony Lake Open posts….. Dodge Ridge pass holder- Rip it up ‘Lakers

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    1. Well they got it fixed and on a side note blue wood is open too. How would you feel if some random article said your favorite mountain was closed inaccurately. You should probably at least try to contact a resort before putting them in some article.

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  11. Sucks to be out west.. Ski the east we have plenty of snow! Jay Peak in VT has one of the highest snow Totals in the US way ahead of such powder houses like Snowbird in UT..

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  12. “It’s no ones fault, it’s just mother nature” LOL. So yuo folks all walk to work, never use any coal-based energy, etc. etc. This would have been a nice opportunity to acknowledge we’re all part of this.

    = J =

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  13. Mission Ridge in WA state is open with the best conditions in the state!! Top to bottom snowmaking has kept Mission in good shape all season.. Come ski the best!

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  14. I am a ski patrol PD, and I understand completely; and sympathize with all of you. This is now four seasons in a row of little to no snow for our fun little resort of ‘Alta Sierra’, which is located in the Sierras above Lake Isabella, California. We haven’t been able open at all this or last season.

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  15. I wished the authors would have checked their facts a little better. Bluewood in Washington is still open for skiing and in fact has only been closed one regularly scheduled operating day all winter. One they missed closed in Washington is Mt. Spokane

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