Mt. Baker temporarily closes ski area until more snow falls

Mt. Baker Ski Area has closed its resort until more snow falls, officials announced Sunday, March 8.

Mt. Baker needs another six to 12 inches to fall in order to re-open.

The snowpack in the North Cascades and statewide has been well below normal this year, making for a dismal ski season.

Mt. Baker Ski Area didn’t officially open until Saturday, Dec. 20, and the organizers of the annual Legendary Banked Slalom were forced to move the event from February to March 21-22 because of the lack of snow. This year’s race will be a simplified version.

“This winter has not gotten the best of us. We remain optimistic and hopeful,” said Gwyn Howat, operations manager at Mt. Baker Ski Area, in a video on the ski area’s website at mtbaker.us.

The base at Heather Meadows was 19 inches while the base at Pan Dome was 37 inches, according to its last snow report.