While other ski areas in the state got rain Monday night, Mt. Baker Ski Area got snow, so it will open for the season Thursday, Nov. 21.
The upper and lower base areas will be open, and seven of the chairlifts should be running, maybe eight, said General Manager Duncan Howat.
The upper elevations of the ski area have more than 43 inches of snow, while the mid-mountain areas have about 37 inches.
Skiers and snowboarders will be limited to the main runs, with steeper areas closed because of the lighter early season snow cover.
That light cover means people should ride with caution, as terrain under the snow can create some bumpiness, with extra care at the bottom of Chair 5, where the snow is particularly light.
Howat said it was absolutely imperative for people to stay out of the closed areas.
He expected the weather to be cold Thursday with good visibility and clear road conditions along Mount Baker Highway. The weekend is expected to be sunny to partly cloudy.
The ski area usually opens around Thanksgiving each year; last year it also opened on Nov. 21.
Daily passes are usually $50 for midweek days and $55 for weekends, but tickets will be discounted Thursday and Friday because not all runs are open yet. Howat wasnt sure what the discounted price would be.
Season passes range from $230 for children to $790 for adults. Details: mtbaker.us.
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