Mt. Baker Ski Area to open Saturday

After a long wait, Mt. Baker Ski Area will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 20, with limited operations.

The ski area will run Chairs 1, 2, 3 and the Heather Meadows handle tow starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Officials reported continuing snow Friday night and a base of 22 inches at Heather Meadows. They cautioned skiers to expect early-season conditions, including sudden terrain changes, rocks, sticks and patches of thin snow.

The ski area typically opens in late November but was hampered this year by unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions.

Reduced lift ticket prices will be in effect. An all-day adult rate Saturday will be $39. More info: mtbaker.us.