Unfortunately all good things must come to an end– including the ridiculous powder party that was Mt Baker Ski Area this past week.
The ski area temporarily closed today after rains reached near the summit of the ski area on during the day on Sunday. All the new rain has also increased the avalanche danger in the area and wet-slides are likely according to the NWAC.
The NWAC is recommending people stay out of avalanche terrain until the snowpack has a chance to freeze and consolidate. Until then, it’s a no-go.
“Very large and destructive natural avalanches are expected across the Mt Baker region Monday. Avoid all avalanche terrain including where avalanches may run and stop. Avalanches may become larger and travel farther than expected, overrunning common travel routes.” – NWAC
Mt Baker Ski Area is hoping to reopen Tuesday in the AM but nothing is confirmed.
Official Mt Baker Statement:
Mt. Baker Ski Area is TEMPORARILY CLOSED MONDAY JAN 29.
As predicted by mountain weather forecasts, temperatures warmed up Sunday and we saw significant rain and wind through the day. With the rain falling on top of major amounts of recent snowfall, Mt. Baker will be closed Monday and will resume normal midweek operation Tuesday January 30th.
Forecasts are calling for snow levels to begin dropping later Monday and for snowfall to begin accumulating. Timing of the switchover will certainly have bearing on how Tuesday morning shakes out, but we could get 6 to 8 inches of new for Tuesday with snow levels around 2800 feet (which is below White Salmon). Looking for this to be the return to a cold, snowy weather pattern!
Find up-to-date reports here: Mt Baker Snow/Conditions Report