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Here’s your last chance for winter sports at Mt. Baker Ski Area

Mt. Baker Ski Area announces 2018-19 opening

Mike Trowbridge, operations manager for Mt. Baker Ski Area, said the ski area will open for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday, Dec. 12. It's the ski area's latest opener since 2014.
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Mike Trowbridge, operations manager for Mt. Baker Ski Area, said the ski area will open for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday, Dec. 12. It's the ski area's latest opener since 2014.

It’s the final weekend for winter sports at the Mt. Baker Ski Area, with the last day of operations for the 2018-2019 season set for Sunday.

Low seasonal snowfall has canceled a popular end-of-season event, a mogul contest, ski area officials said at the website and on social media.

“We are sad to announce that we have had to cancel the 2019 Honkers Mogul Contest due to lack of snow on Honkers,” officials posted. “Although we managed to get some fresh snow this past week, unfortunately, it was not enough to cover the rocks showing on Honkers and allow us to continue with a safe and fun event next weekend.”

Hours for the final weekend will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Rentals will be offered, but not classes.

Rain showers are forecast Friday, but sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-40s are expected for the Mount Baker wilderness on Saturday and Sunday.

No information was available about avalanche conditions for the backcountry, because the Northwest Avalanche Center has stopped forecasting for the season.

“Watch for signs of unstable snow such as recent avalanches, cracking in the snow, and audible collapsing. Avoid traveling on or under similar slopes,” forecasters said at the website.

Mt. Baker Ski Area, near the east end of the Mount Baker Highway, got 533 inches of snow through April 14 this season, one of its lowest totals in 15 years and below the 15-year average of 663 inches.

Current snow base is 121 inches at Heather Meadows at 4,300 feet, and 165 inches at Panorama Dome, with an elevation of 5,000 feet.

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