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Mt. Baker Ski Area looks to more sustainable future

Skiers and snowboarders return to a more sustainable Mt. Baker Ski Area, with millions spent to upgrade power sources to reach a future goal of using renewables.

More than a foot of snow fell over the weekend, providing enough on top of the base to finally open the mountain to pass holders Wednesday, Dec. 13, and to the general public on Thursday. This week's opening is about a month later than last year due to warm and rainy weather, but skiers and snowboarders said opening day conditions exceeded their expectations.

This year's offseason was especially busy for administrators at the ski area as they worked to update the infrastructure of the 70-year-old ski hill while also setting up operations for a more sustainable future, said Amy Trowbridge, the ski area's marketing manager.

Specifically, they overhauled part of their generator system with a simple goal - to reduce their usage of fossil fuels.

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