Mount Baker, WA Will Open Wednesday, 12th December | Over 4-FEET Fresh Snow Expected this Week

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The first in a series of significant storms brought 10″ of new snow to Mount Baker, WA last night and 12 inches in the past 24 hours. The base is around 16″ at Heather Meadows and 36″ on top of Pan Dome. This new snow, combined with the snow forecasted for Tuesday, means they can officially announce their opening day as Wednesday, December 12th!

Quote of the day from the forecaster at the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center yesterday: “ It’s about to get real.”

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This week’s forecast looks alright… Credit: snow-forecast

More storms and snowfall are expected to continue rolling in all week, with forecasters calling for HEAVY SNOWFALL for Tuesday with up to 15″ of new snow possible. A bit of a break is expected Wednesday then it cranks in again with 10″ of new snow expected Wednesday night, another possible 15″ of new snow expected Thursday, and yet another 12″ of new snow possible for Friday morning. That’s over 4-feet of fresh snow this week alone!

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Conditions check! Sam working on setup at the top of C3. Credit: Mount Baker Facebook

So, what does this mean for operations?

  1. WEDNESDAY: OPENING DAY! The Heather Meadows Base Area with Chairs 1, 2 and 3 will be operating. Check later today for the status of runs expected to be open.
  2. THURSDAY: Depending on snowfall, they will work towards opening more facilities and lifts as snowfall and daylight allows.
  3. FRIDAY: Goal is to have both Heather Meadows and White Salmon base areas open.

This is the general plan, but it will unfold day by day as the snow falls.

Stay tuned here for updates and we will see you on the mountain on Wednesday!

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