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I have lucky

As part of our ongoing process of sharing valuable information on backcountry travel and practices, we have an extraordinary (and very lucky) story of one man’s overnight survival ordeal in the backcountry/wilderness near Mt. Baker Ski Area.

Winchester Lookout locked for winter after abuse

Volunteer group and Forest Service close Winchester Lookout in winter after increased skier use led to increased damage. Story and photos by Oliver Lazenby For backcountry...

How to get started skiing in the backcountry

Story and photos by Jason D. Martin The words skiing and fun are essentially synonymous. The art of skiing is one of the most pleasurable...

Homemade Powsurfing: Equal parts exhilaration and terror

By Nick Belcaster Stepping on the board for the first time felt uncertain and foreign. With little sidecut, let alone edges, and foam deck padding...

Ode to Randy Hook: Remembering a Mt. Baker legend

  By Maya Hunger On January 1, the Mt. Baker Ski Area quietly greeted the new year. It was a calm and clear morning and the...

A Year in the Life of a Glacier: A skier’s research...

By Elizabeth Kimberly Early May The birds chirp a dawn chorus and the winter rain has diminished. The disparity between the snowy alpine and the verdant...

NWAC raising money for forecast system updates

The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) spring fund drive starts today. As more and more skiers flood the backcountry, NWAC’s avalanche and weather forecasts are...

Do it ‘cause you love it!

Do it 'cause you love it! By Grady McCombs Despite Mt. Baker Ski Area’s reputation for deep snow and glorious powder days, Gwyn Howat, operations manager...

Separated on the Glacier: Reflecting on a mountain mishap

A few turns off the summit, the author stopped to wait for his partner. The pair never found out what went wrong. By Ben Whitney A knot...

Take this job and shove it

I contemplate the sick day option One that I must use with caution What I really want to say is, “Please! Please won’t you let me ski the trees?”