Mt. Baker local Molly Baker posts “Insider Secrets of Mt. Baker”

These are pretty accurate, but I’m bummed she outed the Frisbee golf course. And it sounds like I need to make a trip to Backcountry Essentials to meet the famous Boot Girls!

Known for blockbuster storms and an authentic community vibe, Mt. Baker is a ski bum’s Utopia. Here are a few suggestions from local pro Molly Baker (no relation) for food, gear, and extracurricular activities to supplement skiing the deepest powder of your life.

Read all of the Insider Secrets of Mt. Baker

Seattle Times says: Despite dry weather, La Niña winter coming

Despite Seattle getting 20% less rainfall last month than a normal November, the forecasters assure us that the cold, wet La Niña winter is still coming…

“We’re expecting enhanced chances of below-normal temperatures and above-average precipitation over the next three months” in the Northwest, said Jon Gottschalck of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md.

Read the rest of the article.

MOD and MOD Live ski goggles — HUD for your goggles

Here’s a review of them from The Verge.

…you’ll be able to see where you are, how far and fast you’ve traveled, the outside temperature, and more. You can also see how high and far you jump, so you can figure out if your epic fifty foot jump really was as cool as it felt…

With all the geeky/nerdy people around Seattle (myself included :), someone must have these already.

Who’s tried them and what do you think?

Or there are the Zeal Optics Zeal Z3 Gps Goggles:

Mt. Baker Pro Patrol featured in Oct. issue of Powder Magazine

Billed as “taming the snowiest mountain: behind the scenes with Mount Baker ski patrol”, the article in the October issue of Powder Magazine is a look inside a small, tight-knit group of pro patrollers who work hard and ski harder.

Fourteen skiers keep the world’s snowiest ski area safe and open to the masses. During the 2010-11 season, the Mount Baker Ski Patrol endured storms that dropped 15 feet in 14 days, eventually causing a 10-year, class-five, 16-foot fracture. Despite the grueling work, they managed to stay alive. And ski. Hard.

If you didn’t pick it up last month, you could try their newly-announced iTunes version of Powder (from which the Oct. issue is $4.99).

Mt. Baker confirms OPENING FRIDAY

From their Facebook page:

Forecasts are calling for a strong front to bring us 15 – 20 inches of new snow over tonight and tomorrow. This snow, added to our existing base, will give us the amount needed to begin the 2011-12 season. Depending on how conditions develop, we are looking to open both Base Areas and most chairlifts, but be sure to check our snow report at www.mtbaker.us Thursday afternoon for final opening day details.

Keep an eye on the snow report page on their website as well — they’ll likely be posting more information there tomorrow and Friday morning.

Mt. Baker opening day: Friday at the earliest

As of this afternoon’s update on Mt. Baker’s snow report page, the earliest opening day will now be Friday. They’re forecasted to receive 16-20 inches of new snow Wednesday and Thursday, but there’s a predicted warm front coming through on Thursday that they’re keeping an eye on. They’ll make the call Wednesday afternoon, so check back then.

They also have a page if you’re curious about how much snow they need to open.

And they posted some new photos yesterday of the new Raven Hut Lodge.

Photo below is from today from Pan Dome near the ski patrol shack, looking at the top of Chair 1.

Top of Chair 1 from Pan Dome near the ski patrol shack