Baker's Crazy Snow

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Baker's Crazy Snow

Last winter, more snow fell on Mt. Baker, Washington, than has ever fallen in a single season on one place, anywhere: 1,141 inches, or 95 feet. That's a lot of snow-so much that:

unsettled, it would have buried the Statue of Liberty up to her chin

backhoes knocked cornices off snowbanks along the Mt. Baker Highway to keep tunnels from forming

only 2 days in February didn't see snowfall

the 300-inch pole used to measure settled snowpack needed a 6-foot extension

1 out of 3 days received at least 10 inches of fresh snow

2 snowboarders and a skier died in avalanches in the adjacent Mt. Baker Wilderness

the ski area wore out 3 snowcats digging out chairlifts and moving snow

a December warm front brought flooding that nearly wrecked a chairlift engine.


Baker Opener

Mt. Baker Opens with a Hefty Base

Most resorts’ opening day consists of one run, maybe two. Wednesday, November 12, Washington’s Mt. Baker ski resort opened with 67 inches of snow at the base and eight lifts.