video from today with update on exactly what’s going on at Baker right now
Mt. Baker ski area, WA has been closed Monday, Tuesday, and Today due to highway 542 being closed.
The real bummer is that the conditions have been epic all week at Baker with 28″ of snow at 16ºF…
They’re hoping to get the highway and resort back open by Friday.
TODAY’S UPDATE from MT. BAKER:
“If this isn’t the definition of bittersweet, I don’t know what is: it’s currently stunning on the mountain but it pains us to tell you that we will be closed again tomorrow (Wednesday) due to the continued highway closure. At this point we are hearing that the WSDOT equipment and crew will be able to return tomorrow (Wednesday) along with 3 excavator crews to work on the trees and highway up toward the ski area. We expect the temperatures to warm up at lower elevations tomorrow afternoon, which should help melt the snow off those trees. If all progresses as hoped we could see the highway re-open on Thursday morning, which could allow us to re-open the Ski Area on Thursday Feb. 9th. Check our snow report for more detailed info on the situation: http://www.mtbaker.us/snow-report” – Mt. Baker, today
TUESDAY’S UPDATE from MT. BAKER:
“Tuesday operations update: Arrrghh. Mt. Baker will be closed on Tuesday, February 7th due to the highway being closed for another day …. we anticipate being open for Wednesday and plan on having an update by 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. (We love trees, but dang we wish they’d stay upright)” – Mt. Baker, Tuesday
MONDAY’S UPDATE from MT. BAKER:
“MONDAY AFTERNOON ROAD UPDATE: The Washington State Department of Transportation is currently working on tree mitigation on the highway and is expecting to re-open the highway tomorrow. They will begin assessing the highway at 6:00 Tuesday morning to make a determination on a possible opening time, and we will relay that information on the snow report as soon as we get official word from them. At this point we are setting a possible ski area opening time of 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 7th, but that is dependent on what the WSDOT determines, so stay tuned for continued updates!
Conditions on the mountain should be absolutely awesome tomorrow; we’ve had over 10 inches of fresh snow since closing Sunday at under 24 degrees and forecasts are calling for more snowfall tonight at continued cold temperatures! Get ready for a blower powder day!!!” – Mt. Baker, Monday
“Monday morning update: for those of you who missed the snow report, we are temporarily closed today due to to the scheduled closure of the Mt. Baker highway by the Washington Department of Transportation for tree mitigation. We will re-open tomorrow (Tuesday) for normal operations and with the snow stacking up super light and dry, conditions should be all-time!!!” – Mt. Baker, Monday