Overall Rating

Mt Baker

Mt Baker3.5/510
Mt Baker3.5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
  • Recommend
    90%
  • Would Revisit
    90%

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Mt Baker - Reviews

Mt Baker - Reviews

good ski resort

Sela Navot
17/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

good ski resort

Sela Navot
17/01/2020
really good ski resort lots of pow fast lifts and good trane

Great area if you come on the right day

Jackson
09/11/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    2

Great area if you come on the right day

Jackson
09/11/2017
This mountain holds the world-record for most snow in a year and is the birthplace of snowboarding.
As a local, I have been up to Mt. Baker to snowshoe, hike, and ski ever since I was a kid and the weather can often be nasty and we have had several really bad years but on a good day this is an awesome ski area.

Best hidden gem in America

Aaron
09/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Admin Rating
    3

Best hidden gem in America

Aaron
09/04/2016
Mt. Baker is somewhere that only experienced snowsporters can truly appreciate. The ski area consistently has the deepest snow in the lower 48 states, and some of the deepest in the world. I grew up skiing here and I still have only really explored only a fraction of it's nooks and crannies. The mountain is lacking in groomers and is very small overall. The best way to ski Baker is to go off the beaten path. No hotels within 20 minutes minimum, and no resort life. If the snow is optimal, make sure to break out your fatty skis and clear-vision goggles because it will be dumping.

Loved Mt. Baker

Niko
15/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Loved Mt. Baker

Niko
15/03/2016
Loved this place! No pomp or pretense here. This place was all about the love of skiing; an experience stripped down to the essentials. Great snow. Cheap lift tickets. Beautiful meadow-like runs on rolling terrain. Great off-piste access.

Local heaven

Nick
30/10/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Local heaven

Nick
30/10/2014
It just dumps here... I wish I could call it home. I went here for a week during the week and 3' of powder... Amazing.. NO lines! Cheap lift tickets and good brews.

Over-hyped

Chase Terran
22/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    2

Over-hyped

Chase Terran
22/09/2014
Most of Baker's famed snow is extremely wet and it's such a small mountain that it is way overcrowded now. There is very limited terrain and what little there is is completely over-crowded.

The nearest town is over an hour away. You can catch a good day here, but mostly it's over-hyped to the extreme.

Mt. Baker

Budsy
13/04/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Mt. Baker

Budsy
13/04/2014
The most important thing to know is that the snow can be a hit or miss depending when you go. They could get two feet of snow over 36 hours and then raining for the next couple days. When everything does fall into place, it's like no other experience.

The ski area itself is small, which is why a lot of people utilize the easily accessible backcountry the area offers.

In all my times skiing there I've never waited for the lift more then 5 or 10 minutes, I usually ski right onto the lift (FYI mostly ski there on weekdays). The White Salmon Lodge can get very crowded during lunch hour on a nice day, but I've never had too much of a problem with finding a place. The run aren't super congested like other larger resorts.

No night life what so ever since they don't have on mountain accommodation.

Lastly, the most humbling characteristic about Baker is the since of community and friendliness that makes for a very happy place to be.

Great Place to ski, but please note

Nathan Walz
10/01/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great Place to ski, but please note

Nathan Walz
10/01/2014
Having skied on Baker since the Mid 80's, I can safely say that Baker is all about out of bounds. If you want groomed trials, go elsewhere and leave more room, and powder for the rest of us.

This very well could have been the birthplace of snowboarding. Even in the 80's snowboarders would often times outnumber skiers on the runs.

Best way I've found to ski Baker is to head up the day after a major dumping of snow. Often times the heavy snow comes down in the afternoon. Also check the ski report, it's normally posted by 5:15 am. If it's above 30, don't go unless you plan on spring like conditions (rain if it's cloudy). Lastly look at the snow base levels, if they are below 80 or so inches, a lot of the more fun areas will be closed, and for good reason.

For those who don't like the speed of the lifts, please note that they slowed them down due to wind and visablilty issues, not due to equipment.

Huge Amounts of Snow

07/10/2013

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    1

Huge Amounts of Snow

07/10/2013
Baker gets huge amounts of snow and has great gnarly terrain.

See the pros and cons of our review on the overview of Mt Baker page.

The Good With the Bad

29/06/2013

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

The Good With the Bad

29/06/2013
The good: Baker without a doubt is the powder playground for the United States. Always getting the highest amounts of snowfall. Baker is known for its backcountry as well, and there is no shortage of it within a small hike from the resort. Baker is actually located at Mt Shuksan and "the arm" and "the elbow" and "hemisphere" are all easily accessible sidecountry alternatives to the backcountry. There are 8 chairlifts and they are all slow and this keeps some of the crowds at bay. Even on the weekends the lift lines are small. Baker also has some very gnarly cliffs terrain inbounds if you like to tempt fate.

The bad: because of the high amounts of snowfall visibility can be bad with heavy snow. The resort also gets little sun from the low sun in sky on the other side of Shuksan so there can be a lot of dim light conditions so take a high vlt lens. The resort will get tracked in about 2 hours after a good dump of fresh snow because of its small size. DO NOT plan to go in January as Baker suffers from a fairly common thermal inversion on the mountain for a period of 2-3 weeks every year where the top of the mountain is warmer than the base and very little snow falls.

The closest town of Glacier is a quiet small town with a great bar called Grahams which serves good food at good prices. I stayed at winter creek bed and breakfast whilst there and the couple were extremely helpful, and knowledgeable about the history of the area and things to see and do off the mountain. Chair 9 is the late night spot but I wouldn't be going to baker if apres was high on your list. The resort has an adequate restaurant and hire shop, and on weekends the upper lodge opens.

If you are an avid powderhound this is a must visit. If you are there around the start of February the baker banked slalom is a big event for the resort with many pros participating