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The Baker Blues

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 Mt Baker is really having a snoozer this year.  We have anemic base totals of 88" and 115" but that's not the real problem.  Coverage is just fine, but there has been nearly no new snow falling in more than a month.  Yesterday there was a reported 3" of new and you would have thought that there was a foot by all of the powder hounds that swarmed the lifts at opening.  Most years the dedicated folks don't even get out of bed for less than 6".

 

Those of you who are getting the goods right now don't give a rip about our poor conditions, but we're feeling pretty bummed.  Humor us if we get testy.

post #2 of 11

Sort of the same story here in Maine.

 

The ski surface has been from fantastic to wind blown scratchy back to fantastic back to hardpack from rain. Now we are on the backside of rain with a possible snow event next Thursday.....that's 7 days away. We have lost some snowpack and now I am becoming concerned for the spring conditions that I long for the whole year long. 

 

I am of the like to pick and choose my ski days and I've been out just 5 days so far. The positve is there is still time for accumulation. Let's hope. Hope is in the air!!!! Sounds risky. 

post #3 of 11

I heard things are so dire at Baker that the Bellingham ski shops sold both edge files they had in stock.

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Well, what was some of the best 4 weeks of ski conditions I can ever remember here in WNY, the old Boilerplate Ice Beast has showed it's ugly head. 4 Days of rain and temps in the 50's has turned the place into a skating rink. 3" of frewsh today isn't enough to get me out there.

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I was thinking today when I was out with the dog this AM, probably the best snow I've had all season was at HV on 12/22-12/23. I was in Colorado two weeks ago and caught some snow, but back in Dec. up at HV the snow was fantastic and dry. I don't know the name of the lift and the area to the left at the top of the Mardi Gras lift, but they opened that lift up in the morning and I managed to get first tracks down through the glade there and the snow was almost knee deep in spots and perfect light and dry powder.

 

Heading to Utah next Wednesday and hoping I can do as well as I did back in Dec. at HV. That's really something, how good it can be in this area when the weather does its thing. Going out tomorrow to ski some frozen granular bagged it last weekend and hate to think I'm losing my enthusiasm!

post #6 of 11

That would be Morningstar.

 

Those glades are fun especially when they get filled with moguls inbetween.

 

Have fun in Utah.

post #7 of 11

It also looks like the pineapple express is heading into the NorthWest next week which should give you epic powder days in Utah.

 

Here's hoping for you.

post #8 of 11
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It also looks like the pineapple express is heading into the NorthWest next week which should give you epic powder days in Utah.

 

Here's hoping for you.

Those storms moving in out West, I believe, are the same storms predicted for the NE late next week. I should be more postive thinking, I mean we still got half of February and all of March to go. Twice this year the local weatherman has predicted snow 7 days out, and he was right on both counts. HOPE!!!.....And do the dance, too!!

post #9 of 11

It's too bad, because I hit Baker for 5 days in late December, and it was absolutely epic.  I mean, they just got pounded, over, and over again, including 30+ inches right around Christmas.  Easily over 100 inches of snow while I was there (I skied 5 days, but that was over a 12 day period).  Just epic, fantastic conditions, with lots of light, fluffy snow.

 

Sorry to hear it's gone...

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It's too bad, because I hit Baker for 5 days in late December, and it was absolutely epic.  I mean, they just got pounded, over, and over again, including 30+ inches right around Christmas.  Easily over 100 inches of snow while I was there (I skied 5 days, but that was over a 12 day period).  Just epic, fantastic conditions, with lots of light, fluffy snow.

 

Sorry to hear it's gone...

The snow's still there, there just has been almost none since.  You're right, it was great skiing until 2009 came in, but with a late start to the season it didn't last long.  You hit it at just the right time.

 

We're not predicted to get any of the storm that is coming through.  Just more partly cloudy with no new.

post #11 of 11

Baker bummin' me for sure. I still ski Baker at least twice/week, but the mindset has had to change, as well as the gear I have used. Mindset changed from powder hound to fast cruising with bright sunshine and fabulous vistas and much more b/c skiing. Gear has changed some by using inbound carvers instead of thye reliable gots. So sad. And correctly suggested, it appears the newer weather fronts are hitting south of Baker - at least for awhile still. FYI: I actually think Whistler is even worse.

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