Mount Baker Ski Area
The Lodge at Mount Baker Ski Area, Mount Shuksan in the distance
The Mount Baker Ski Area is in the valley between Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Mount Baker is a volcano in the northern Cascade Range and the ski area is directly against Mount Baker Wilderness with North Cascades National Park to the east. Mount Shuksan is one of the most photographed mountains on Earth.
While the area sees an annual average of 641 inches of snow, Mount Baker currently holds the world record for one season (1998-99): 1,140 inches. The Mount Baker Ski Area is known for numerous challenging in-bounds routes and for access to many backcountry opportunities, as long as one follows the Ski Area backcountry guidelines. There is also a terrain park that includes a variety of boxes and some smaller jumps.
Mount Baker Ski Area is home to the Legendary Banked Slalom, a snowboard race through a natural halfpipe that has attracted professionals and amateurs from all over the world since 1985. Mount Baker Ski Area operates under a permit from the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 3:30 pm daily
8 fixed-grip quads
2 rope tows
Average Snowfall: 641 inches
Total Ski/Board Terrain: 1,000 acres
Summit elevation: 5,089 ft
Vertical Rise: 1,589 ft
Number of Trails: 31
Ski trail maps courtesy of the Mount Baker Ski Area