Mt. Baker

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Mount Baker for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Anderson Creek Lodge 


B&B located in Bellingham, 55 miles from the the ski area.  Each room has a private bath, complimentary full breakast and Internet access and there is a hot tub.

Extra person charges may apply 

$135 and up 

Mt. Baker Getaways 


Cabins, chalets, condominiums and cottages are located approximately 35 minutes from the ski area. (Their web site says 15 minutes.  Maybe in a helicopter you can do it, but it's  over 20 miles of windy roads to get there.)

Extra person charges may apply 

$199 and up 

Baker Accommodations 


Condominiums and cabins (usually with a two night minimum) with full kitchen,  indoor pools and hot tubs.

Extra person charges may apply 

$145 and up 













Other than the day lodges at the ski area, there are several good eateries along the Mt. Baker Highway:


Glacier has Chair 9 Pizza, a new bar and restaurant that is fast becoming the apres favorite of locals.  It is located as close to the ski area as is possible, about 17 miles away.  Milano's, about a mile farther along the highway is an Italian restaurant that serves fantastic food at reasonable prices.    


Seven miles farther down the road toward town is Maple Falls which has three restaurants which include a deli, and two restaurant/bars.


A few miles farther toward Bellingham is a unique place, the North Fork Brewery and Beer Shrine.  They brew their own beer,  have great pizza and calzones, and a collection of beer bottles, cans, and signs that must be seen to be appreciated.  According to their sign they also have a wedding chapel.




Mt. Baker

Approximately 55 miles east of Bellingham, WA on State Highway 542, Mt. Baker ski area sits surrounded by federal wilderness in the heart of the North Cascades. North America's top resort for snowfall, Mt. Baker Ski Area receives an average of over 600 inches of snow each year. Over 1,000 acres of terrain are serviced by eight fixed grip quads and three lodges. For those who like to earn their turns, there is also nearly unlimited back country skiing in the adjacent wilderness area just past the ski area boundary The White Salmon Day Lodge offers a spectacular view of 9,127-foot Mt. Shuksan and the surrounding Cascade mountains. Head to Mt. Baker for steep chutes, natural half-pipes, plenty of tree skiing and spectacular scenery. There is no lodging at Mt. Baker. The nearest accommodations are 17 miles away in the town of Glacier, WA. Overnight parking for self-contained RVs is permitted in designated areas only at Heather Meadows or White Salmon.

Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad8
Trails-1-Beginnernot much
Trails-2-Intermediatea little
Trails-4-Expert onlywhatever you want
Trails-5-Terrain parkYes, small
Trails-6-Half pipenatural
General-Base elevation3500 feet
General-Vertical drop1500 feet
General-OwnerLocal partnership
General-Mountain rangeCascades
General-Back country accessExtensive
General-Total area in bounds1000 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Huge amounts of snow. Easy back country access

Cons: slow lifts. poor lift placement. Lots of skating to get around the mountian. Very remote.

In my mind Baker is very over rated. Sure it gets a lot of snow but that is about it. 


It is the lifts that kill this place. They are slower than slow. Not a high speed quad to be found. Also the layout is poor. Lots of connecting lifts thus no real good way to make laps and grab vert.


If you are a back country skier grab your beacon and go.But if you are in bounds skier your time is better spent at Crystal


Pros: Lots of terrain, most affordable mtn in the area, less crowded

Love this mountain and wish I lived a little closer!  Great terrain, and "cheap" to boot!


Pros: Snow. Friendly folks. Views. Lodges.

Cons: Strange lift system. No on-site lodging.

Just got back from a weekend ski vacation with my family at Mt. Baker. What a place.


We skiied there for 3 days-1 bluebird day and 2 in near-blizzard conditions. The snow conditions were out of this world. Deep powder everywhere-even on the fringes of the beginner runs.


It is a great hill for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiiers. Intermediate skiiers can probably even ski some of the Black runs such as North Face. Chair 8 is fantastic for intermediates. Chair 2 is one of the best beginner lifts I've seen at a ski area. And all of the terrain off of Chair 1 is great for advanced/expert skiiers. Extreme skiiers might be bored on non-powder days though.


The food in the lodges is really good-a lot of locally sourced ingredients, but nothing fancy either. Just good, tasty, affordable food. They've got items for carnivores and vegans too. And unlike some ski areas (I'm talkin' to you Crystal Mt!) , the brown-bag zone isn't relegated to a basement with  no windows.


All of the staff on the mountain is laid-back and friendly. No attitude from any of them that I encountered.


We stayed at a condo 30 minutes away in Glacier, and the drive was very doable each day. Plus-a number of great local restaurants and shops in that excellent little hamlet.


Skiing Baker is an experience very unique-the snow and skiing is just great, but the sheer quantity of snow makes everything slightly surreal. Really worth going out of your way to experience.


My new happy place! The Grant Gunderson photo of the Shuksan Arm on the cover of Skiing magazine (Fall 2011) says it all. Make sure you bring beacon, shovel, probe, skins, brains to Mt. Baker if you want to get the most out of your visit. And don't forget to check out Chair 9 in Glacier for apres ski.


Pros: Most snow anywhere.

Cons: Not near anywhere else.

The snowfall and terrain are legendary. If you can handle the cliffs, chutes and backcountry like a seasoned big mountain rider, you'll feel right at home.

This mountain however, is not terribly friendly to beginners and has limited intermediate terrain. Further, it's not a resort, has no amenities or on-slope lodging, as is inconvenient to get to. As locals mountains go, it is the best. as a destination, not so much.


Pros: Loads of snow, Great Terrain, Great Value, Lack of the Vail/Whistler Crowd

Cons: Nothing

This place is great. Terrific terrain, good & consistent snowpack, awesome backcountry gates & policies, cheap tickets, and nice people makes this place a hidden gem in PNW.


If you are a looking for Starbucks/McDonald's experience, please head directly to Vail or Whistler and wait in line for your gaper meal.