Mt. Baker Conditions Report: November 20th

Matt Bansak |
Matt with Shuksan, photo by David Bruce
Matt with Shuksan, photo by David Bruce

For only being their second day open, today was really fun at Mt. Baker. Thanks to a couple weeks of near-continuous snowfall, there is a great base that sets the mountain up well for more snow, and nearly all of their terrain is currently open, with the exception of their extremely steep terrain. Conditions were a bit firm after a recent rain event, but there was enough snow after the rainfall that kept things chalky, and given how early in the season we are, there wasn’t a lot to complain about. Lots of fun natural features to pop off, fast top to bottom groomers, and chalk on the steeper terrain. Not to mention the fact that it was a cloudless bluebird day with epic views abound! I live in Lake Tahoe, but am up to visit friends and ski in WA. My friend David Bruce and I headed out early and skied much of the day. We met George on the hill, a friendly Portland resident who usually skis Mt Hood Meadows, but was taking advantage of the exchange program tickets through his season pass and was on a mission for great early season skiing. Baker didn’t disappoint, huge props to their team for a great opening!



Great blue sky views of Mt. Baker proper!
Great blue sky views of Mt. Baker proper!
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While Chair 5 didn’t open until later in the day, the Baker crew kept the other chairs and terrain open with quick sled bumps out of the basin. Props to them!
Quick stop at Nooksack falls on the way home

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