Originally Posted by PhilT
What exactly is wrong with bellingham? where your location is listed
I expect a good number of people will question my sanity.
In spite of having renowned Mt. Baker an hour away, which holds the world's record for snowfall (almost 1200 inches), received 13 feet of snow in November alone, and is gifted with endless BC access, it's not my cup of tea.
a) No sun - almost never until April
b) Visibility - a high percentage of days, the fog is thick enough to cause vertigo
c) Rain - happens a fair bit
d) Wet - Snow has high water content - 16% or more
e) No "Runs" - Baker has few defined runs. Much terrain is comprised of short sections running into other sections. I find this layout less satisfying.
f) Angles - most "runs" are off-angle. Almost nothing is found directly down a fall-line.
g) Snowboarders - I've no wish to rile folks, or get into this topic, but I'm less comfortable on a hill comprised of 70% boarders (the blind-side thing).
To some people, none of these issues, are issues. They're fine with all of it, and just love the deep snowfall and "down home" simplicity of Mt. Baker - both of which I also appreciate.
Also, if you're BC-oriented (I'm not - won't accept the risks), the opportunities are almost endless.
But, due to points listed, I'd rather ski almost anywhere else in the west.
In my defense, I'm a member of the local ski club, and about half the members I've spoken to avoid Mt. Baker for many of the reasons I listed. Hence, I may be partially sentient.
Whistler is awesome, but it's 3 to 4 hours from here. Crystal and Steven's Pass are wonderful, but also more than 3 hours drive.
I love the Pacific Northwest. However, I prefer a different location than Bellingham. I'd take Vancouver in a heartbeat, but circumstances (business) won't permit.
In spite of all this, I still ski Mt. Baker. Skiing in fog, or rain, on wet, tacky crud, at peculiar angles, on short runs, while playing "chariot race" with teens on boards, is more fun than not.