Powder hounds already have enjoyed shredding the slopes at Mt. Baker Ski Area this winter with a seemingly endless supply of snow, but things are only expected to get better this spring.
Snowpak.com, a website that bills itself “in the business of getting skiers and snowboards out there riding the white stuff,” on Friday released its list of the best ski resorts for spring skiing in the United States this year. Topping the list is Baker.
“With the one of the highest base depth of snow in the U.S., Mt. Baker is a perfect candidate for spring skiing,” Snowpak said. “There are more storms forecast for early March to keep the conditions pristine.”
Mt. Baker Ski Area is not alone in enjoying an outstanding season, Snowpak.com said, as the La Niña conditions this year have dumped on the Pacific Northwest. No. 2 on Snowpak.com’s spring list is Mt. Hood Meadows in Oregon. Grand Targhee in Wyoming and Mammoth Mountain in California round out Snowpak.com’s top four, which is based on local information, snowfall data and forecasts.
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It’s not the first online list Mt. Baker has topped this week. Earlier, Baker’s snow pack was ranked the deepest in North America by SnowBrains.com.
That’s no surprise, considering Mt. Baker’s snow report lists 245 inches of base at Pan Dome and 185 at Heather Meadows. According to the report, Baker has received more than 67 inches of snowfall in the past week and is expecting “another good hit of snow” Friday night and snow showers through the weekend.
Baker also has the most snowfall in North America this season, according to a SnowBrains.com ranking on Monday, with 603 inches of snowfall since last fall (666 inches now, according to Baker’s snow report) – 171 inches more than second place Timberline Lodge in Oregon.
It all adds up to plenty of fun for skiers and snowboarders in Whatcom County: