Ski Areas in Washington

-The heart of the American Pacific Northwest, the State of Washington has a total of 17 ski areas ranging in size from tiny “town hills’ to gigantic “mega resorts”. This is a diverse region with wet and plentiful snow in the Western Cascades, and dry smooth snow in the Central and Eastern parts of the state.

Mt. Baker (WA)

Resort Classification: (Class 3) Medium

Mount Baker Ski Area is a medium sized ski resort in Washington State at the end of state road #542. Despite its name, Mt. Baker Ski Area actually resides on a ridge line between 10,781ft Mount Baker, and 9,131ft Mount Shuksan in the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Range.

Mount Bake Ski Area sits at a relatively low elevation compared to the surrounding peaks, but it’s location has made it a perfect magnet for abundant snowfall, and the ski area is known as the snowiest ski resort in all of North America.


Famous For:

-Being the snowiest ski area in North America, averaging 663″ per season including a world record season with 1,140″ in the 1998-99 season.

-A legendary banked slalom event held annually. 

-Unnamed chair lifts, all chairs only have number designations.


Infamous For:

-Being 18 miles out on a windy dead end road that is almost constantly snow covered.

-While they are famous for tons of snow, the type of snow they receive is very heavy and wet, known as “Cascade Concrete” and can be difficult to ski on deep days.

-Despite massive snow amounts, Mt. Baker does not extend their ski season beyond a normal calendar scheduled closing of mid-late April.


Closest town with lodging:

The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: The town of Glacier, WA. about 18 miles down the hill on WA-542 has a lodge, as well as cabin and AirBnb rentals. Also the city of Bellingham, WA. much further down the road has plentiful lodging options of all types and is below the snow line.


Closest City with An Airport:

The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: Bellingham International Airport, is 56 miles to the West via WA-542. 


Season Pass Reciprocation:

Mt. Baker usually partners with one or two other Pacific Northwest ski areas for a couple of days of reciprocation. However this changes by the year and is not announced until closer to the start of each season.

Mtn stats



Base Elevation: 3,500ft

Peak Elevation: 5,089ft

Vertical Drop: 1,589ft

Skiable Acreage: 1,000

Annual Snowfall: 663″

Number of Trails: 31


Terrain Stats



Beginner Terrain: 24%

Intermediate Terrain: 45%

Advanced  Terrain: 31%

Expert Terrain: –%

Av. Opening Date: Late Nov

Av. Closing Date: Mid Apr


Chair Lifts



Low Speed Doubles: 0

Low Speed Triples: 0

Low Speed Quads: 8

High Speed Quads: 0

High Speed 6 Packs: 0

High Speed 8 Packs: 0


Other Lifts


Half Day

Rope Tows: 2

Magic Carpets: 0

T-Bar / Pomas: 0

Gondolas / Trams: 0

Chondolas: 0

Snow Cats: 0




Inches of snowfall per season on average!

  • Snow Making
  • Night Skiing
  • Snow Tubing
  • Nordic Trails
  • Backcountry Gates
  • Uphill Traffic Allowed



Total lifts including 8 quad chairs and 2 surface lifts.

  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Snowboarding Allowed
  • Small Terrain Park
  • Big Terrain Park



Distinct base areas: Heather Meadows & White Salmon.

  • Slopeside Lodging
  • Free Parking
  • RV Camping Allowed
  • Wifi Available
  • Cell Service
  • Pass Reciprocation

This chart represents the different difficulties of terrain.

Beginner Runs


Intermediate Runs


Advanced Runs


Expert Runs



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Below is a series of ratings for this ski resort that is based upon the opinion of skiers and snowboarders directly associated with the Snow Life network of web pages. These ratings are based on personal experience from us actually going there and shredding it up. If an NR appears instead of the rating, it means we haven’t shred there yet, but rest assured, it’s on the list!!! Ratings are from 1-10, with 1 being poor, and 10 being the best.

sl rating:   7.6


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Bring your snow tires on an AWD or 4wd vehicles, the road is guaranteed to be snowy and icy and is one of the most winding and gnarly in the U.s.

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Resort hours and location

Below are the operating hours for the lift system during the Winter Season according to this ski resort.


The End Of, Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming, WA. 98244

Weekdays: 9am – 4pm

Weekends: 9am – 4pm

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