Pros: Fabulous advanced/expert terrain, unlimited back country, loose vibe
Cons: Too low for great snow quality most of the time, powder is gone in the first 30 minutes
Mt. Baker is the home of some serious skiers and boarders. This is an area with limited blue and green terrain. Ski or board, it doesn't matter, the locals tend toward the hard core side of things. There is a HUGE amount of incredible BC, but come prepared, this is avalanche country. When you come to visit for the first time don't go off the main runs without a guide, even inbounds. Cliffs abound.
The snow is plentifully deep though it's also usually fairly heavy. Those of us who are used to it prefer it that way. If you're going to ski in bounds you should be ready to ski crud. There is little grooming, and none on any of the black or double black runs.
This is a ski area in the old mold. Don't expect the lifties to watch you get off the chair, or even help you much when you get on. Some do, some don't. Skier responsibility code? No sign of that here, though most of the locals abide by it anyway. The parking attendants are sometimes doing doughnuts in the parking lot instead of parking cars. Loose is the word for the way the place is run. There is a certain charm to that.
There is no place to stay on the hill and little lodging or nightlife even in the nearest town of Glacier. People come here to seriously ski or board and then leave. The ski area is off the grid, so it has only fixed grip lifts. Luckily even on ski school Saturdays the lift lines are short.
The terrain is somewhat like an obstacle course in that it is challenging and changes up on you constantly. Don't expect long open bowl skiing. Instead you'll take three turns and then tuck around that tree so you can go past the cliff face, turn right and get those four turns before the short left traverse to the very steep face between the trees and the rock... You get the idea.