Originally Posted by telerod15
Once I quit trying to ski down the middle of the natural half-pipe, things got better...
When the gully is 12 feet wide, there's not a lot of difference between middle and side.
Anyone with a gut-reaction to boarders as a symbol, or an attitude, is dealing with something else. That stuff means nothing to me.
This is about surviving an experience most know nothing about.
I'm a decent skier. But, rippers much better than me have expressed exhasperation over skiing past, through and around throngs of boarders at Baker.
I've been to almost every major resort in the west, and Mt. Baker is unique. No place comes close to the boarder concentration here. Unless you've skied here, you have no idea.
As I indicated to Mr. Birdman, it's easy for people (including me) to be precious about skiing with snowboarders, until they've dealt with the extreme version.
Avoiding a normal number of boarders on the hill (all with a 35% to 50% blind-side) is no issue. But, can you imagine doing it day-long on a crowded hill with 70% to 80% boarders, most of them teenagers?
If you have, and it's not an issue for you - you have my respect.
Everyone I know that skies at Baker, tolerates it, and does everything possible to avoid it. Steep, narrow terrain is the refuge.