Some 8,637 guests visited Stevens Pass on Friday. The previous daily record was 8,301 guests, set on Dec. 30 of last year.
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…
If you’re familiar with UnofficialNetworks.com’s other locations, what do you think this means for Mt. Baker and skiing in Washington — good, bad or no big deal?
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.
Skip to 1:35 to get to the recent bluebird pow.
Anyone else have some favorite local videos shot this month?
Mt. Baker Ski Area is doing a second annual photo shoot with Santa, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.
Be sure to ask him for those new skis you’ve been wanting!
…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:
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).
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.
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.