Mt Baker Ski Getaways
Mt. Baker Ski Area is the current world record holder for the most snowfall in a year. The record was set here in the 1998-99 season and a total of 1,140 inches of snow was measured from July 1st 1998 to June 30th 1999. Yeah, that is a lot of snow! While that was one heck of a winter for them, they still average over 600 inches which isn't exactly something to scoff at either. World-class snow coupled with an excellent location make this day-area resort a favorite among locals. And visitors too, Mt. Baker is only an hour south of Vancouver and two-and-a-half hours north of Seattle. When you put it all together, and add in the fact that Mt. Baker continues to make upgrades to the area, it's no wonder this place continues to flourish in an era when many smaller ski areas and no-destination resorts are disappearing or just scrapping by.
Mt. Baker is surrounded by untouched wilderness which only serves to heighten the feeling that this is a true natural mountain and not some big corporate resort. It is well known for its excellent tree skiing steeps and chutes but there is a softer side to the mountain. Beginners have the C-2 quad which accesses most of the green trails on the mountain including Rowly Poly, Heather, 7 Hills, and Home Run. There is also a handle tow in this area if you aren't quite ready for a lift yet. To the left of C-2, C-3 also has a couple of beginner runs as well as some slightly tougher stuff as you make the transition to more difficult terrain. The beginner terrain park, Pinky Park is also located here. C-5 and C-8 are great lifts to head for if you are looking for mostly intermediate terrain and the terrain park. There is also the Natural Halfpipe off of C-5 and a great cruiser, Oh-Zone to Daytona off of C-8. If you are looking for the toughest stuff Baker has to offer, head up C-6. Here you'll find the Gunners Bowl and The Canyon as well as cliff skiing off The Chute. There are also some cliffs off C-5 if you're interested.