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post #31 of 46
Baker is now up to a 72 in base and 88 at the top.
post #32 of 46
BakerBoy, MBS, Harry Morgan,

Will be at opening day tomorrow; if any of you are around I'd love to hook up at least just to say hi. 9am sharp then. Or earlier I guess
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by LeeLau
BakerBoy, MBS, Harry Morgan,

Will be at opening day tomorrow; if any of you are around I'd love to hook up at least just to say hi. 9am sharp then. Or earlier I guess
mbs and I were around. Describe yourself and a meet time next time, and we'll hook up for a few runs.
post #34 of 46

Need info re: Baker/Crystal

I have never skied the Cascades and had no immediate plans to do so until I saw todays pictures from Baker. I was very near booking a flight to Seattle (my last near and dear Southwest frequent flier points) for this Thursday and beginning to practice my sick call in when I read this stream regarding Baker and Crystal. I would greatly appreciate any light you could shed on the following questions I have:

1) I was leaning towards Baker until BakerBoy scared the living shit out of me with talk of inbounds slides. As I sit here typing with new drawers I am still leaning towards Baker. Is most of the Mountain open?

2) I take it Baker sees fewer crowds than Crystral due to location. Is this correct?

3) How far from the mountain are Glacier and Bellingham?

4) I have heard Baker is a tough mountain to figure out if you are not with a local. Does this mean it is just a strange layout, or does it just mean don't venture off the beaten track or you might find yourself 100% ass lost?

5) Are they calling for snow or rain at Crystal and Baker this Friday and Saturday? I got onto the NWS NOAA site to check out the forcast. Unfortunately I don't have a clue which geographic zones the ski areas fall into.

6) Crytal or Baker? For the skiing which is better?


Thanks for any info you can provide. The work/ski call has to be made by early tommorrow afternoon.
post #35 of 46
Thread Starter 
1) I was leaning towards Baker until BakerBoy scared the living shit out of me with talk of inbounds slides. As I sit here typing with new drawers I am still leaning towards Baker. Is most of the Mountain open?

All of the mountain is open. By the time you get here it will have rained and then snowed again which will help settle the snow pack.

2) I take it Baker sees fewer crowds than Crystral due to location. Is this correct?

You are correct. Weekends are not nearly as crowded.

3) How far from the mountain are Glacier and Bellingham?

About a 1 hour drive from Bellingham, 20 minutes or less from Glacier.

4) I have heard Baker is a tough mountain to figure out if you are not with a local. Does this mean it is just a strange layout, or does it just mean don't venture off the beaten track or you might find yourself 100% ass lost?

It has a strange layout and if you are looking to ski the steep and knarly you should hook up with a local or you could find youself stranded at the top of an unhuckable cliff with a long slog up and out.

5) Are they calling for snow or rain at Crystal and Baker this Friday and Saturday? I got onto the NWS NOAA site to check out the forcast. Unfortunately I don't have a clue which geographic zones the ski areas fall into.

Rain Wednesday and Thursday, snow Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Here are some sites to help you out:
http://www.skitiger.com/weather/sea2.htm
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_foreca...lon=-121.67875
http://www.nwac.us/products/SABNW

6) Crytal or Baker? For the skiing which is better?

Crystal is much larger, more vertical. Baker is smaller and quirky but has buttloads of snow. Right now I would choose Baker because it has a base that covers everything without restriction.
post #36 of 46
Speaking of inbounds slides: This just in:
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=38862
post #37 of 46
Crystal is more of your typical ski area - lots of vertical, wide variety of terrain and some crowds. Baker is unique. I have only skied it a few times and had tons of fun but it was hard to figure out and I did a LOT of traversing. I skied Crystal sunday and they had a very good base but nothing like the pics are showing of baker.
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
Speaking of inbounds slides: This just in:
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=38862
yo Cirquerider - the slide was out of bounds in an area called the Canyons.
post #39 of 46
BC13: You just got the straight goods from Posaune (is that French?). His answers to your questions nail it.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by LeeLau
yo Cirquerider - the slide was out of bounds in an area called the Canyons.
Saw the reference to Chair #6 and figured it was close. Anyway an amazing story with a very fortunate outcome.
post #41 of 46
Thanks for the information Posaune. I think I must head west to Baker this weekend!

If not now When? If not me Who?
post #42 of 46
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Posaune (is that French
German
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by LeeLau
yo Cirquerider - the slide was out of bounds in an area called the Canyons.
Not sure where you got that info. The Canyon is not only in-bounds, but typically groomed.
post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by BakerBoy
Not sure where you got that info. The Canyon is not only in-bounds, but typically groomed.
Sorry - it was in elbo which is ob. I thought it was Canyons since Phil - the posted in the original thread - said that it occurred skiers right of Chair 6. Phil isn't that familiar with Baker and got Chair 5 and 6 confused. For full story check the TGR thread.
post #45 of 46
Yes, it was over on Lower Elbow off chair 5, which is supposed to be restricted access to those with avalanche gear. Due to its super easy accessibility from the chairlift (it's about 20 feet away), lots of people poach it without gear. Patrol sits at the exit and clips ticketes typically, but they didn't have the manpower to do it all day that day.
post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Posaune
German
Ahhhh! Tombone! It's all coming together.
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