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Skiing was GREAT today at Baker

post #1 of 21
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It feels sooooo good to be able to post a glowing early-season report. Mt. Baker put on a great one today.

After being starved close to death for snow last year while reading all about Tahoe getting dumped on, etc., etc. it's unbelievable how wonderful it feels.

It was a snow sliding extravaganza today. I've never seen so many cars there. People everywhere. Long lines for everything. And the crowd had grins a mile wide. A party of skiing and boarding.

I talked with people on the chair all day and I never rode with a local. That's really unusual for Baker.

18" of powder, or as close as it gets around here, which stuck around to be cut multiple times before settling down. Nice weather and good temps too.

I'm a happy man.
post #2 of 21
I'm going tomorrow. Hope that the forecast for rain below 4,500 ft doesn't hold to be the case. and gotta pick up my pass.... sigh.
post #3 of 21
Hey Posaune: I missed you today at Baker. It was indeed a feast - mid-winter conditions by any standard.

A bit of fog up top, and flat light in a few places. But, nothing to compain about. A delightful, quad-burning day.

I was pleased to find that I could still ski - always a bemused question as I approach the first off-ramp of the season. Technically, I've never felt as solid (it's all relative, of course), which seems to compensate for getting older.

That, combined with complete equipment indulgence.

Perhaps we should do next weekend?
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Perhaps we should do next weekend?
PM me.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Posaune
I talked with people on the chair all day and I never rode with a local. That's really unusual for Baker.
The locals were out in the nearby front-country after the second run, pigging out on clean lines in the faceshot realm. That may be why the captain could only see one excellent skier from the lifts! :
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by guest1
The locals were out in the nearby front-country after the second run, pigging out on clean lines in the faceshot realm. That may be why the captain could only see one excellent skier from the lifts! :
Well, I'm a local and I don't do the BC. I guess I'm too old and like going down hill too much. I'm positive that I'm missing out, but my return to serious skiing came a bit late in my life. Oh, well...
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Posaune
...my return to serious skiing came a bit late in my life. Oh, well...
Mine, too. I was 54 when I started skiing again -- ten years ago. A few years ago my knees had gotten so bad that I couldn't take the pounding of inbounds skiing. I needed smooth snow. So, I got into skinning around on the ridges in the Baker backcounty, sniffing out lines, getting to know the snowpack intimately. By now my knees have fully recovered, but I have become too addicted to the pow and smooth snow to ski tracked runs.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by guest1
Mine, too. I was 54 when I started skiing again -- ten years ago. A few years ago my knees had gotten so bad that I couldn't take the pounding of inbounds skiing. I needed smooth snow. So, I got into skinning around on the ridges in the Baker backcounty, sniffing out lines, getting to know the snowpack intimately. By now my knees have fully recovered, but I have become too addicted to the pow and smooth snow to ski tracked runs.
Posaune: Perhaps we should hook-up with Guest1 and do some BC turns. So long as we don't get swallowed by an avalanche, and we're with somebody who knows what they're doing, it could be fun.

Guest1: Meant to do this last spring with you, but kayaking beckoned.
post #9 of 21
You guys bring some avy gear, I'll take you down some easy access stuff... I've got an extra full set if you want to borrow it someday.
post #10 of 21
BB: A gracious offer! Are skins and AT bindings required?
post #11 of 21
BB, you may have more takers than you know what to do with
post #12 of 21
I also have a spare set of avi tools. There are days when it is safe to go out with relatively untrained folks, so if BB and I got together, you could both come. I am quite sure that BB and I would easily agree on a suitable set of lines for the conditions on any particular day.

There are lines close enough in to be booted to -- boarders do it all the time. The better stuff, of course, is beyond where the booters choose to go, but that can be for another day.

BTW, I do this a lot -- take newbies out for a day in the pow. The cost is putting up with an incessant chatter about avi conditions, snowpack, windload and that sort of stuff.
post #13 of 21
Gentlemen: Sounds like a plan. I suspect BB is young, and extremely fit. If he can keep up, he's welcome.

It's been awhile since I've done serious boot-packing. In addition, apart from guided cat and heli-skiing, I don't have much experience with avy gear.

Still, I'm game. I'd consider this a valuable learning opportunity.
post #14 of 21
I hit Baker Friday and Saturday. It was a long trip from upstate New York, but Saturday made the trip worthwhile. 18-24 inches of powder, and I stick by the term powder. Best November skiing I have ever had. Baker is a great spot. Funky layout, some funky cool people. Great time.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Gentlemen: Sounds like a plan. I suspect BB is young, and extremely fit. If he can keep up, he's welcome.

It's been awhile since I've done serious boot-packing. In addition, apart from guided cat and heli-skiing, I don't have much experience with avy gear.

Still, I'm game. I'd consider this a valuable learning opportunity.
Young is a state of mind, and shape is a relative term. Still, I can probably hold my own. Besides, I said I'd take you out there -- not wait for you at the bottom.

Easily accessed areas I start off with are lift-served traverses -- no boot packing at all. Hemispheres is an easy boot-pack up as long as you know your way down. I don't usually head very far out skinning with people I don't know, so that's out for now.
post #16 of 21
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I've been told in no uncertain terms that I am not to do this. But I wanna. So I may have to sneak around a bit in order to stay in a blissful relationship as well as get into the OB.

I suppose I could put my foot down, but I don't want to use up all of my points.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by BakerBoy
Young is a state of mind, and shape is a relative term. Still, I can probably hold my own. Besides, I said I'd take you out there -- not wait for you at the bottom.
Fair enough! Did someone on this board mention that you were in a freeskiing film?

If so, it may be worth noting that Posaune and I are likely about level 8 skiers - competent by a standard rec skier scale, but not film-ready.

I'm sure you can more than hold your own.
post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Fair enough! Did someone on this board mention that you were in a freeskiing film?

If so, it may be worth noting that Posaune and I are likely about level 8 skiers - competent by a standard rec skier scale, but not film-ready.

I'm sure you can more than hold your own.
Is this the part where I'm supposed to toot my own horn? Last year's Breathe & Stop by Theory-3, and this year's Echo, by Team13. Grab one of the Mt. Baker skier posters also -- that'd be me.

Posaune: Just don't show the "man of the house" any of these pictures... The Arm, Mt. Baker, 03-04... Photos were shot in-bounds from Chair 8 groomer by Ian Coble.







post #19 of 21
I'm thinking of hitting Baker next weekend... anyone know how far the drive is from Boise?
post #20 of 21
BB: Looks like you outran a slide. According to some mountaineers, this is a perferred strategy when a slide breaks under you, or from behind. I hope not to find out.

Awesome terrain and remarkable photography.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by bjtuna
I'm thinking of hitting Baker next weekend... anyone know how far the drive is from Boise?
Not exactly. Count on 3 hours from Seattle. A wild guess would be 10-12 hours.
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