Our trip to Mt. Baker is not an annual one. No, the last trip we took to this Northwestern nook was in December 2012. The inspiration to make the previous trip in 2012 and the 14 hour drive from SLC to Bellingham, WA was a NOAA forecast that was calling for feet upon feet of snow with no end in sight. That last trip stuck in our minds, and was one we talked about doing again in the future. This season we checked out the forecasts and saw that Baker was going to get enough snow for a pre-thanksgiving opening (which has not been the case in recent years) and on-top of that it looked like another storm was moving in. With the Saga truck loaded and after a full day of dealing with maintenance issues ( including a razor blade in the tire) we left SLC with a 6pm departure, not the most realistic time to be departing on a 14 hour drive. With some fog in eastern Oregon the trip tunred into 20+ hours, but I lost count or track of the time by then and spent most of the time asleep in the back while our TM Jerm was behind the wheel for the entire drive.
Once we arrived at Mt. Baker we enjoyed what was one of the only bluebird days I have ever experienced at the resort. We were able to tour out Blueberry road and enjoy views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker. We spent time exploring the resort as the clouds moved in over the first 2 days and lets just say our hopes for the storm moving in grew and grew as we took laps at the local ski area.
Unfortunately the storm was downgraded and our dreams about road laps and gaps were put on hold for this trip. Keefer being born and raised in Utah had never skied in Washington and was the most excited of the our group to experience what we call the PNW. We watched videos of Baker on a pow day to convince him that the subpar conditions at the moment are not the norm. Overall the trip was fun and you can’t beat being in such a beautiful location surrounded by the glacial peaks of Shuksan and Baker. To boost our spirits after departing for the long haul home we made a stop at Pikes Peak Market to pick up some fresh salmon and Piroshkys! I am positive that the allure of Mt. Baker will remain with our crew and next fall we will be checking the weather forecasts with hopes of another road trip!
Have to love a continental breakfast when they offer up canned pineapple juices.
Skins on and ready, the 4Frnt Saga X YLE.
The lifts at Mt. Baker Ski Area provide multiple opportunities to adventure beyond the ski area boundaries
Keefer with the Monarch bib pant happy as a clam
On our way back to Salt Lake City we ate lunch at a Seattle landmark, Dick’s
On our way back we stopped by Pike’s Place Market get some fresh Salmon!
Next stop, the gum wall. It was recently cleared off so we had the chance to be on the first layer of the new wall!
Time to get to work on the new gum wall…
Jerm leaving his mark
Keefer calculating just the right spot to place his gum
Can’t wait to come back to Baker!