Revel in this statement: Mount Baker is one of the snowiest places in the world. If that was not enough to convince you to pack your skis or snowboard up and hop on a plane, train, car or mule to make your way to Mount Baker, Washington, then read on. By the time you’ve made it to the bottom of this post, you will be sold. Guaranteed.
1,140 Inches of Snow
That is the total snowfall Mount Baker recorded in 1999, granting it the admirable record for most recorded snowfall in a single season.
A Retro Good Time
You won’t find high-speed six person chairs in Mount Baker, and some of the food outlets are cash only– no cards allowed. That’s just the way they like it in Baker.
If you’ve heard the old-timers at your local mountain talk about the days of yore and have always wondered what it might have been like, this will give you an idea. The retro vibe of the area is reminiscent to that to some of the other resorts before they totally sold out, man.
Springtime is a Good Time
We often think that the blustery winter months are the best time to ride. Not so at Baker. March was the month with the most snowfall over two of the past three years. The days are longer, you’re back in ski shape, and you’ll be spoiled with fresh, Cascadian powder. Convinced yet?
It’s Kind of a Secret
Though it’s hard to miss the 10,781 foot, err, hill, the ski area has somehow stayed under the radar, compared to ski areas like Whistler, Jackson Hole, Alta, Telluride and Vail.
This translates to shorter lines and less tracked out runs if you’re staying in the resort area, or acres upon acres upon acres of untouched powder if you’re heading towards the back country.
However, on a great snow day, everyone who knows about Mount Baker will be there, so don’t sleep in!
All About the Snow Sport
Make no mistake: Baker is not a major resort area. There are no big night clubs here—in fact, there isn’t much at the resort aside from some epic skiing (and a single legendary bar, The Tap Room in the Heather Meadows Day Lodge).
Most accommodations are situated about 30 minutes away in Glacier, making Baker the perfect destination for someone looking to ski long days, lounge at home, and pass out early to do it all again the next day.
Mount Baker does not cater to beginners. If you’re a seasoned skier or snowboarder, that should be music to your ears. Known for its steep terrain and advanced runs, Baker will keep you on your toes.
Think you’re already a pro? Try looking stylish in waist deep powder. Okay, you can stop drooling now.
Three Words: Legendary Banked Slalom
Yes, there still exists a snowboard competition that isn’t sponsored by an energy drink company. That would be the Legendary Banked Slalom, where the winner walks away with a duct tape trophy. The event has been held in Baker since 1985. Why Baker? It was one of the few resorts who permitted snowboarders in their ski area in the 80s. Big names attend this small mountain competition. Case in point: Terje Håkonsen has nabbed the top spot seven times.
The season is just around the corner at Mount Baker. If you’re keen on the white fluffy stuff, be sure to put this one on your bucket list.