OK, with this post, I'm probably closing in on 2005 PNW snow complaints being half my posts ever around here! If you don't live here, or know the area well, you can't imagine what is really going on. Here's what is on the Mt Baker website as I type this:
Back in Action
Friday Jan 21 Mt. Baker is currently in limited operation with Chairs 1, 2, 3 & 6 out of the Heather Meadows base area only. We recommend Chairs 1 & 6 for advanced riders and skiers only and Chairs 2 & 3 for beginners and intermediates. Off of Pan Dome, The Canyon, North Face, and Austin are open, The Chute and Pan Face are closed. Main runs off of Chair 2 & 3 are open except the advance run Honkers is closed. The Cat Track is open. Lift tickets for the weekend will be reduced to $30 U.S.
The base area has decent coverage and the base is holding up on Pan Dome. The forecasts are calling for a dry day on Friday with the possiblity of light rain moving in on Saturday and heavy rain on Sunday.
Understand that this is the ski/boarding area that a few years ago had THE WORLD RECORD MEASURED SNOWFALL. To make this clear, this is the place that normally has impossible amounts of snow - it has had ONE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY inches of snow in one season (chew on that for a minute). It is now late January and they are in partial operation claiming a 35-45 inch base.
Stevens pass should be sitting under about a hundred inches of snow. If it loses a few more inches of base, it could be hiking and mountain biking time in the area. Crystal is in "limited" operation - but I think it is more like desperate operation. As I noted before, in big snow years they have had summer sking at least as good as what they are offering now. The Summit has, like Stevens, thrown in the towel for the moment.
This is not just, "oh - skiing is a bit crappy" stuff. This is Twilight Zone Stuff.
And if you think I'm in a foul mood about it - the Maggots are just plain out of their minds. Based on their posts over in TGR land, I'd say buying stock in Ben and Jerry's or any producer of alchoholic beverages is a safe bet this quarter