The Washington resort hopes to reopen with additional snowfall
Mt. Baker Ski Area just announced it has closed temporarily due to lack of snow. The resort located in Bellingham, Washington, has had minimal precipitation this season with only 64 inches of snow falling throughout the entirety of 2015 as reported by OnTheSnow.Com. Of those 64 inches, only one inch fell in March, while 11 inches accumulated in February and the bulk of the snow, 52 inches, dropped in January over the course of just seven days. These low snow totals coupled with warm weather have made it difficult to keep the resort open and operating this season.
“We are here today to say that we are going to suspend operations ‘temporarily’ until we get some more snow,” said Duncan Howat, President and General Manager of Mt. Baker in a video statement released Sunday, March 8th.
“We need about six to 12 inches more and we will be right back in operation,” he continued.
Earlier this season, the resort postponed the 30th Annual Legendary Baker Banked Slalom until 2016 citing lack of snow.
"It was a painful decision, but that's the nature of this business, and it is a 'quote' natural halfpipe,” said Gwyn Howatt, Director of Operations at Mr. Baker about having to postpone the LBS.
“Given that we're used to the whims of Mother Nature. … It's not the best timing considering this is supposed to be the 30th, but it will only add to the folklore in the longterm of the event," she continued.
Mt. Baker holds the World Record for most snowfall in a single season as 1,140 inches fell during the 1998-1999 season. Given the abundance snow totals in the past, the resort remains hopeful it will be able to reopen for more days this season.
“This winter has not gotten the best of us – we remain optimistic and hopeful…. Here in the mountains, you gotta work with what you got,”Duncan Howatt concluded about the temporary closing. “We will do that with the best of effort and to the best of our ability.”
We’re doing a snow dance and hoping Mt. Baker gets enough flakes to reopen this season.