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a) I'm sort of sick
b) It's supposed to be freezing today
c) I go to this hill every sunday and it's not that good anyway so I'm not really missing out.
d) I needed to sleep in (I would've had to get up at 7)
Sun Jan 15, 2006, 5:00 am
New Snowfall: 1 in 3 cm
24 hour Snowfall: 4 in 10 cm
Temperature: 21°F -6°C
Weather: broken clouds
Slope Conditions: CLOSED UNTIL WEDNESDAY - see below
Base at Heather Meadows: 137 in 348 cm
Base at Pan Dome: 152 in 386 cm
Operation Info: Closed
We appreciate that many of you have made travel plans to be at Baker for the holiday weekend and that many of you regulars are very excited about all the new snow.
However, this storm cycle has been extremely unusual. We have received approximately 112 inches of total snowfall in a very short amount of time--with most of this amount of snow falling on Friday at a warm 33 degrees. This is more snow in such a short time than has been measured in our recorded history at Mt. Baker. Also, the cooling trend that was expected to happen Friday and yesterday to help stabilize the snow pack in the ski area has just started to happen in the past few hours.
Therefore, we are going to wait to reopen the ski area until after the forecasted rain event of Monday and Monday night comes in. On Monday, the freezing level is expected to rise to 5500 to 6000 feet with precipitation, which we are now waiting for as we expect this will help stabilize the snow pack.
This means that the SKI AREA WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18th at which time we hope to reopen in normal midweek operation at 9:00 am.
Once again, unfortunately, we will remain closed today through Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.
Please take the time to go to the mountain safety page here on our website and review our in-area safety information.
Anyone even considering backcountry travel in the next few days need to carefully consult the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center backcountry avalanche forecast.
Our primary concern in these unusual mountain weather conditions is for the safety of you, our customers, and our employees – particularly our avalanche control teams, and we appreciate your understanding. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain Wednesday.