Snow Sports

Snowsports

Whooshing down slopes or navigating the back-country in quiet solitude.  Mt. Baker provides ample opportunities for winter snow sports.  Ensure a fabulous time by bringing proper equipment, appropriate clothing, current weather reports and a positive attitude!

Mt. Baker

Downhill Skiing

Snowboarders and skiers enjoy a variety of terrain, day lodges, ski lessons and rentals. Mt. Baker has the longest season in the state and the most snow in North America.

  • Average snowfall 701 inches (1,780 cm)
  • Vertical rise 1,500 ft (455 m)
  • Heather Meadows elevation 4,300 ft (1,300m)
  • White Salmon elevation 3,500 ft (1,060m)

8 quad chairs, 2 rope tows
Runs: 31% Expert, 45% Intermediate, 24% Beginner

Cross Country

Salmon Ridge Area
Provides up to 15 miles (25km) of trail depending on snow. Trails are groomed on a volunteer basis and is not guaranteed. Trail use is free, but a Sno-Park Permit is required to park at the trail head. The Trail is located about 13 miles beyond the town of Glacier on the Mt. Baker Highway, State Route 543 (between mileposts 46/47), and is across the road from Silver Fir Campground (Razor Hone Road #3070 and Anderson Road #3071).

Read Todd’s blog post: Learning How to Cross Country Ski at Salmon Ridge (Mt. Baker).

Snowshoeing

Most snowshoe trails can be found off the Mt Baker Highway (State Route 542), about a one-hour drive from Bellingham. These trails offer scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, majestic old-growth forest, unique geologic formations, mountain peaks and wild river valleys. Plentiful feet of snow can be found throughout the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest every winter. Fresh snow falls regularly on trails near and on Mt Baker from November-April.

Recent media story featuring Mt. Baker snowshoeing:

Snow, Spririts, and Spa by Andrew McCredie – The Vancouver Province

Some snowshoeing trails:

Coal Pass, FS 39:  Just east of the town of Glacier and milepost 34, turn south on Glacier Creek Rd/FS 39.

Excelsior Trail: There is a sizeable parking lot at the trailhead on the north side of SR 542, east of milepost 42. A steep, forested trail leads to the open meadows of Welcome Pass.   Route finding skills recommended.

Hannegan Pass: Just east of the DOT equipment sheds by milepost 46. There is a sizeable parking area where Hannegan Road meets SR 542.

Silver Fir Campground:  Across from the large SnoPark east of milepost 46. Flat, amid old growth, by the Nooksack River.

Bagley Lakes: Just west of Mt. Baker Ski Area. Drive SR 542 to the end. Park in the farthest corner of the farthest parking lot to access the Bagley Lakes Trail.

Artists Point: Follow SR 542 to the end. Park in the farthest corner of the farthest parking lot.

Canyon Lake Community Forest: East of milepost 16, go south on Mosquito Lake Rd, then left on Canyon Lake Road. Park at the snowline. The access road to Canyon Lake Community Forest was washed out in several places by the January, 2009 storm. The road is closed at the gate, requiring a 5.7 mile hike to the trailheads.

Snowmobiling

There are two groomed trails off the Mt. Baker Highway 542; Canyon Creek (Road#31) and Glacier Road (Road#39). Snowmobiling is allowed when the road systems are closed to vehicles and there is sufficient snow pack (24″). These Trails are designated Washington State Sno-Park and you need to show your permit in your vehicle window when parked at Sno-Parks.

Sledding

One popular place to sled is at Highwood Lake near the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Sled at your own risk and check ice thickness and condition for safety.
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Snow Sports Links & Resources

Note: Listings marked with a have a photo and/or description when you hover your mouse pointer over their name.

Fairhaven Bike & Ski
1108 11th Street, Bellingham
360-733-4433
Glacier Ski Shop
9966 Mount Baker Highway, Glacier
360-599-1943
Mount Baker Ranger District
810 State Route 20, Sedro Woolley
360-856-5700
Mount Baker Ski Area
360-734-6771
Mount Baker Snow Report
360-671-0211
Mount Baker Snowboard Shop
9996 Forest Street, Glacier
360-599-2008
Nooksack Nordic Ski Club
PO Box 28793, Bellingham
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
206-526-6677
Sportsman Chalet
2420 James Street, Bellingham
360-671-1044 or 800-600-1044
WA State Parks
1111 Israel Road SW, Olympia
360-902-8844
WA State Snowmobile Association
1795 Reser Road, Walla Walla
509-522-6804
 
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