Mount Baker ski resort holds the unofficial title for the deepest annual snowfall in the entire world. This no frills resort offers some of the Cascades best and most challenging skiing.
Searching for powder? Look no further than Washington’s Mount Baker. Mount Baker is one of the classic resorts of the Pacific Northwest and a must-visit for skiers looking to test their skills and leg muscles in the North Cascades. Featuring 1,500 vertical feet of steep, cliff-laden inbounds terrain, Baker can shake the confidence of the strongest skiers, but also provide an unmatched powder skiing experience for those who ski within their ability.
Situated on the slopes of one of the Cascades’ tallest mountains, the resort enjoys the luxury of being blanketed by snow every time a storm makes landfall in one of the stormiest locations in North America. Being close to the ocean comes at a price, however, as Mount Baker's snow tends to be wet and heavy. Of course, that type of snow is great for building base and keeps Mount Baker atop annual snowpack measurement lists.
Mount Baker is sometimes overlooked by bigger mountains in the Southern Cascades such as Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain or Snoqualmie, but definitely worth the trip down Highway 542. Don’t go looking for a world-class resort experience, however, as “Baker” rests in a remote part of the Snoqualmie National Forest, and that’s just how the owners want to keep it.
Mount Baker Pros and Cons
+ Consistent Powder Days / Most Annual Snowfall in North America
+ Extremely Steep Expert Terrain and Massive Backcountry Zones
+ Affordable Tickets and Passes
- Very Remote Location with Little Amenities Outside of Skiing / Difficult to Get There
- Small Mountain for Skiers Staying Inside the Ropes
Updated for Winter 2014-2015 – Roger Tufts