East of Bellingham and southeast of Glacier, the Mt Baker Ski Area has 38 runs spread across 1,000 acres that are served by 8 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,500 feet. As the past few years have confirmed, Baker receives the highest amount of average snowfall of any ski area in North America, with more than 650 inches falling each year. But it can come down as either rain or snow at any time. This incredible amount of snow falls on more than 1,000 acres of terrain serviced by eight chair lifts and two lodges. Keep in mind that there is very limited park action here.
If you re looking for a challenge, try Stickey Wicket under Chair 6, and Gabls under chairs 4 and 5, and Austin from Chair 1. The Shusksan Arm has big pow lines to freeride. Alternately, if you are prepared for backcountry, head beyond the ropes for plenty of off-piste terrain to explore.
On powder days, try laps on Gabls and Sams Ridge located off Chair Five. If Pan Dome is open, take Chair Six up and ride down the North Face and Chanucks Deluxe.
If you are up for some backcountry challenge and have the avalanche gear, exit the ski area from the top of Chair Five into The Elbow (keep an eye out on the way down for the track heading back). For backcountry experts only, try hiking up the Hemispheres and, when facing the mountain, drop far right through powder fields to the back side of Razor Hone Canyon.
To reach the snowboarding at Mt Baker Ski Area from US5, use #255. Head east on SR542 (aka Mt Baker Highway) for 56 miles into the Mount Baker Ski Area.
Overall, Mt Baker Ski Area is the 4th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Washington.
Local Contacts: Mt Baker Ski Area (360) 734-6771; Washington Tourism (800) 544-1800; Avalanche Report (206) 526-6677.
Best Season: Dec. - Apr.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: The Logs at Canyon Creek (360) 599-2711
Luxury Loding: None
Breakfast Restaurant: Milanos
Reference Source: click here http://www.mtbaker.us/
GPS: 48.861663, -121.654022
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 8/9/2016
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