Mt. Baker

Ski resorts in USA
On a bluebird day, Mt. Baker makes for an epic backdrop both in Seattle, Wash. and across the 49th parallel into Canada and Vancouver, B.C. Washington state boasts several volcanoes, and the majestic Mt. Baker is one of the main ones. The Mt. Baker Ski Area itself sits tucked in between Mt. Baker and the great glaciated massif of Mt. Shuksan, in the North Cascades. It’s because of this geographical sweet spot, which translates to lots of moisture and great exposure to incoming storms, that the mountain averages the highest annual snowfall of any ski resort in the world. 

663 inches snowfall and counting

In fact, it holds the world record. Mt. Baker received 1,140 inches, or over 28 meters of snowfall, in a two-week stretch during the 1998-99 season. Then again, because you’re in the North Cascades, the temperature is often right on the borderline of freezing, which either means the kind of powder that dreams are made of or heavy, wet snow—pure Cascade concrete. With North American standards, Mt. Baker surely isn’t a big mountain with its 1,000 skiable acres and eight lifts. But what the ski resort lacks in size, it obviously makes up for in snow, backcountry access and killer terrain (steep and challenging). Steep chutes, and natural terrain features, such as cliffs and pillow lines shaped by the wind. If you’re seeking these out, Chairs 5 and 6 are good places to start. Mt. Baker is a natural playground, which has been drawing its devotees for decades. It was actually one of the first mountains to allow backcountry access. Just remember that if you head out in the backcountry, these areas are not controlled by a ski patrol and the responsibility lies with you. 

North America’s worst-kept secret

Even though an annual snowfall of 663 inches is North America’s worst kept secret, the resort still embodies a through-and-through low-key community vibe. Maybe it’s because Mt. Baker is off the beaten path, there’s actually only one way in and out of the mountain, the breathtakingly beautiful, two-lane Washington’s Highway 542 or as it’s also known, Mount Baker Highway. And yet, by car, it’s not far from three of the biggest cities in the Northwest: Bellingham (1.5 hours), Seattle (2.5 hours) and Vancouver (2 hours). It’s close enough from any of them to make it a daytrip. Surely, you want to go here during winter but don’t rule it out in during the warmer months either as spring and summer offer stellar ski-mountaineering.

Mt. Baker Snow forecast

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Facts about Mt. Baker

Number of slopes:38
Easiest Green slopes:24%
Intermediate Blue slopes:45%
Advanced Black slopes:0%
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:31%

Lifts (Total: 10)
Chair lifts:8
Platter lift:2
Lift capacity:  12000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Mt. Baker Vertical drop
Highest Point: 5000 ft
Vertical drop: 1503 ft
Base Point: 3497 ft
Skiable vertical drop: 1608 ft (The vertical drop you can ride in one go on skis)

Country: USA
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Reviews for Mt. Baker

What do you think about Mt. Baker?
5 reviews
Stefan Ek
Stefan Ek (Guest)
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Baker is doubtless the gritty ski resort I have ever visited. That it was snowing 2.5m in the week we were there was of course no disadvantage, but th... Read more (246 words)
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I was just in Mt. Baker. They had more snow now than they had during the infamous 98/99 season when they hit the US snowmobile record. The first day t... Read more (204 words)
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Mt baker. Mt Baker is a MUST if you like fun mountains. Stay down in Galcier. Believe that 80 people lived in that village. The people were sic... Read more (124 words)
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Mt Baker is a ski resort in the correct sense of the word. Here it is not an adventure country and shopping to satisfy the guests. Nor do you find the... Read more (291 words)
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The year we were there it was the smallest thing that was the kind of giant link so there was no further ride, but I can see that it's a terrific moun... Read more (41 words)

Most popular photo

Rider: Erik Hammarsten Photo: Martin Sundvall

Trail map

Trail map Mt Baker 2019/2020

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Airports near Mt. Baker

Vancouver International Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 18 minutes (97 miles)
Distance: 72 miles