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Grant Gunderson: 25 Years at Mt. Baker

25 years ago, Grant Gunderson moved to Bellingham to ski and pursue a degree in plastics engineering at Western Washington University. That year, Mt. Baker was about to set a world record for …

Mountain Trivia: Round Six

This article marks the sixth time that Mount Baker Experience has featured mountain trivia. I hear it all the time. When is the next mountain trivia issue coming out … ? Well, you asked. And so, you shall receive. With that said, let’s get to it!
The view from the top of Chair 5 on the Shuksan side of Mt. Baker Ski Area on opening day, December 13.
Mt. Baker Ski Area is open for winter, finally. After a wet and warm start that delayed opening by a month, the lauded ski area opened for season pass holders on Wednesday, December 13 after …
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John, L, and Drew and dogs in the ski sales area.
Once upon a time, there were two brothers, John and his younger brother Drew, who grew up in their parents’ ski shop on Northstar Mountain in California. When they weren’t outside sliding on the snow, they ran around the ski shop getting in the way of ski techs and other mountain people and generally making a rambunctious nuisance of themselves. Sure, they learned about DIN settings, camber and torsional rigidity but what really rubbed off the on these boys was their love of mountains and skiing.
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Maddie Downie hiking back down Glacier Peak.
It’s no secret the glaciers and the alpine environment are changing, yet despite extensive media coverage, it remains an issue that’s tough to fully comprehend. Those who are lucky enough to live in the shadow of big, glaciated mountains can only see so much change from down below. From Bellingham, it’s easy to spot the difference in Mt. Baker’s soft, snowy winter coat and its rocky summer skeleton, but it’s hard to notice how increasingly famished it become each summer.
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If there’s one person who can illustrate the tumultuous history of the initial incorporation of the park, the inception of its caretaker, North Cascades Institute, and the ongoing efforts to educate and share the pristine wilderness with all, it would be John C. Miles.
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Video of the Week: Waiting for Winter

Some Mount Baker locals teamed up with The Ski Journal for this fun video about the beginning of this ski season. Micah Evangelista, Sophia Rouches, Kelson Callahan and Jake Little, ripping as usual. …

Video of the Week: Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon

The first ever Mt. Baker Ultra Marathon went off last weekend, and nearly every racer made it from the town of Concrete to the top of Sherman Peak and back. Race director Dan Probst has been working …

Video of the Week: Below the Trees by Port Side Productions

Port Side Productions is a Bellingham-based video production company. Here's its latest video from local trails. https://youtu.be/wf0d330y3lA  
Winter sports
Snowboarding
The view from the top of Chair 5 on the Shuksan side of Mt. Baker Ski Area on opening day, December 13.

Mt. Baker Ski Area opens for winter

Mt. Baker Ski Area is open for winter, finally. After a wet and warm start that delayed opening by a month, the lauded ski area opened for season pass holders on Wednesday, December 13 after …

Glacier's Back

Leave your sack lunch at home this ski season, because the restaurant scene is heating up in Glacier.

Winter 2023 Newsroom

Mt. Baker Highway reopens for traffic, NPS considers reintroduction of grizzly bears to North Cascades National Park, and other news from around the PNW.

Road to Artist Point Closed for Winter

By MBE Staff Washington State Department of Transportation courtesy photo The gates at milepost 54 on State Route 542 (otherwise known as Mt. Baker Highway) were officially closed for winter on the …
Skiing
Happy winners!

MBE hosts fundraiser for Northwest Avalanche Center in downtown Bellingham

Mount Baker Experience hosted a night of drinks, brats, and dozens of raffled gifts all going to benefit Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), who work tirelessly to keep backcountry recreators safe and …

South Lake Tahoe pro skier killed in avalanche in Japan on trip with Baker locals

Kyle Smaine skiing at Mt. Baker Ski Area on a powder day. Grant Gunderson photo, from 2021 winter issue cover By Ian Haupt U.S. freestyle skiing gold medalist Kyle Smaine died in an avalanche while …

Snowboarder dies in deep snow immersion at Mt. Baker Ski Area

Looking southwest from Mt. Baker Ski Area's chair 1. Ian Haupt photo A Bellingham man died while snowboarding at Mt. Baker Ski Area December 10 in a deep snow immersion incident. Whatcom County …
Snowshoeing

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club has been organizing like-minded skiers to get out on groomed trails around its namesake river since the 1990s. What started as a small group of dedicated winter recreationists has slowly grown into a yearly institution in the Mt. Baker foothills.

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Adventures

2023 Mt. Baker Hill Climb Gallery

Story and photos by Nolan Baker The 2023 Mt. Baker Hill Climb was a rousing success atop Artist Point on Sunday, September 17. Hundreds of cyclists from among the Pacific Northwest and around the …

Trail Running in the North Cascades

Photo by Tony Moceri. Story and photos by Tony Moceri The feet in front of me deftly navigate the rocks and roots as they scamper up the trail. Quickly, the trail running shoes I’m following reach …
 
High ridge walking with the Dakobed Range and smoky haze low in the valleys. Photo by Jason Hummel.

Fall 2023 Gallery

COVER: A waterfall hundreds of feet high, full of stair-stepped drops, born on high snowfields and alp slopes, presents Jenny Abegg with a view to ogle over while fording. Photo by Jason Hummel. Fall …

Tumbling Down a Hillside with Holly Koon

"The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - Williams B. Yeats Courtesy Holly Koon By Luca Williams Photos courtesy Holly Koon Watching Holly Koon hike down …
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Local film to be chosen for 5Point Film Festival

The 5point Film Festival's "On the Road" tour is coming to Depot Market Square in Bellingham. The outdoor screening will feature the year's best adventure sports cinematography and storytelling, and …

Culture

The Zen of Fishing

Past, present, and future come together on Lummi Island in the practice of reefnetting. Photo by Travis Moose. Story by Erin Deinzer. Photos by Travis Moose. Historical photos courtesy Washington …

NW Tune-Up Livens Downtown Bellingham

Photo by Jasmine Long Words and photos by Jasmine Long A warm breeze and a cold beer on a hot summer day in the Northwest give us pleasant memories to hold through our cold dark winters. Enjoying …

Cultural Bias in Risk Management

By Jason D. Martin Jason Martin nears the summit of Mt. Rogers. Photo by Jim Mediatore. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) trainings teach us about biases that society has programmed into us. The …
 
Mauricio Posada and Marteen Dijkstra pond skimming at Baker. Albert England photo

Summer 2023 photo gallery

Tara Simpson on the Ptarmigan Traverse. Jason Hummel photo Kayakers enjoy an early summer sunset off the shore of Larrabee State Park. Audra Lee Mercille photo Pete Devries on the beach corner, …

Silver season

The inlets near Seward, Alaska, which admirably depicts the beautiful surroundings while fishing for silver salmon. Janessa Anderson photo Angling in southern Alaska during late summer coho abundance …
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