133 INCHES OF POW HAS FALLEN IN 8 DAYS IN THE NORTH CASCADES
Baker hit 133 inches today over the past 8 days with 17 overnight! They have over a 200 inch base at the summit with more snow expected tonight and Saturday. They may close for Sunday/Monday with rain expected at most elevations.
Here is a pic from the parking lot this morning at Mount Baker.
I am on the chase with tons of hiccups. My rental car was ransacked (Everything stolen) in Seattle with the only remaining items being my snowboard, boots, helmet and goggles. The good news is that I was able to score 2 double digit days at Stevens this week with a loaner jacket (Thanks Stevens). Then it was emergency oral surgery that required me to fly to Boulder Thursday. I restocked clothes into a pillow case (Luggage was stolen) and ran back to the airport from the dentist chair.
My rental car in Seattle after the smash and grab.
I headed to Mount Baker this morning with 17 inches falling overnight. Baker restricted upper mountain terrain (Chair 6 and 1) to patrons with AVY gear only. All others were forced to different lifts. That is the first time I have seen this inbounds at any resort. Most locals say it has happened once in the history of the resort. They have lost 3 snowboarders this season (2 OB and 1 inbounds on deep days- still not recovered). The deep pocketed snow is a concern for burial suffocation which may have happened to the snowboarder inbounds last weekend. I am a bit torn about this decision but it was definitely locals appreciation day at Baker today. While I am luggage less, did not bring my Avalanche gear. Alta scored a foot of powder (I had lower amounts in the forecast) with lower amounts in the Park City resorts (4-6). The remainder of the week is going to feature another decent event for the Cascades Friday night/Saturday. 12-15 inches are likely from Stevens to Crystal. 9-11 inches likely for Baker. It’s a bit hard to nail the models for Crystal on this system as the GFS take moisture slightly south where the EURO and more dependable model show deeper amounts. I suspect all the ski areas in Washington fall between 12-15 inches. I am favoring the central and southern Cascades. Oregon should land 5-11 inches primarily in the north.
Below: Total snowfall over the Cascades by Saturday PM. I used snow ratios of 15:1 (Colder temps) which may be slightly overdone with warming expected late AM Saturday. Expect generally 12-15 inches over most ranges of the Cascades through late Saturday.133 INCHES OF POW HAS FALLEN IN 8 DAYS IN THE NORTH CASCADES,