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  • Legendary Banked Slalom 2020 gallery - Photos by Oliver Lazenby and Louise Mugar The Legendary Banked Slalom course was slightly shorter than last year, but prime conditions made it at least as much fun. If the course was different, it wasn’t enough to throw off Pro Women and Pro Men winners Audrey Hebert and Seth Westcott, who both snagged their second-in-a-row […]
  • Q&A: Grant Gunderson on his photography career, safety in the backcountry, mountain biking and more - For more than 15 years, Bellingham-based photographer Grant Gunderson has shot for ski publications around the world and exposed skiers to destinations ranging from Japan to the Mt. Baker Ski Area. He grew up in Yakima, skiing at White Pass, and wrangled his love of skiing and photographing his friends into a dream career while […]
  • Avalanche Skills Guide: Identifying the mental traps that lead to most accidents - Story by Jason D. Martin You’ve skied this slope a hundred times and nothing’s ever happened before. The line isn’t what you thought, but, hey, you’re here. You may as well stick to it. You know you’re a badass. You can ski anything. You know all about avalanche terrain. You’ll be fine! It’s a beautiful […]
  • Community-built hut is the first of three in the Whistler backcounty -  By Lisa Pulsifer Just beyond the chairlifts and busy slopes of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort lies over 750 square miles of protected land encompassing jagged peaks, deep valleys, glaciers, rivers and lakes. Multi-day backcountry exploration beyond the confines of the ski resort has been limited to the committed few. That changes this season. The community-built, […]
  • Opening Day: An ode to the unscheduled holiday - Story and photos by Brad Andrew Opening day at Mt. Baker Ski Area – the day when snow-lovers rejoice and reunite – happens annually. Exactly when, no one knows, and that is why it is so extraordinarily special. It’s not marked on a pre-printed calendar and manufactured by conglomerates with bottomless pockets. There are no […]
  • Strengthen and lengthen your core for ski season - By Luca Williams The young children walking beside me through the tiny village in Kenya carried small loads on their heads. They were practicing to be like their moms, who effortlessly carried 40-pound buckets of well water on their heads every day, singing, smiling and gossiping along the way. They cajoled me into balancing a […]
  • Wake ‘N Bakery: Glacier institution has new owners - By Oliver Lazenby After 15 years in business – growing from a coffee cart with baked goods on the porch of the Glacier Ski Shop to a café that, for many, is the heart of Glacier – the Wake ‘N Bakery in Glacier, Washington, has new owners.  Drew Schwehr and Jen Henson bought the business […]
  • Whistler on a budget – shoulder season fun - By Lisa Pulsifer Whistler is a high end, world-class ski resort, but it doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet. The picture-perfect, international destination is much more than gondolas and lifts – the whole municipality spans over seven and a half miles in a lush valley with five lakes, miles of hiking trails […]
  • Mt. Baker Slush Cup: The pond skim emulated around the world - By Oliver Lazenby Historic photos courtesy of Marshall Lockman Deep, wet snow, steep terrain and pond skimming: A few years after the first ski lift came to Mt. Baker in 1953, those are among the things the area was known for. Early each summer, skiers and snowboarders gathered at Terminal Lake, near the Heather Meadows […]
  • Profile: Micah Evangelista’s playful approach to Mt. Baker - By Oliver Lazenby The first time Micah Evangelista experienced Mt. Baker’s deep snowpack, he was less than a year old and swaddled onto his ski-patroller father. He started to ski as soon as he could walk, and by high school Micah and his older brother Mattias were skiing more than 60 days a season. With […]

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  • Q&A: Hana Beaman talks Ladies Lay-back Weekend at Mt. Baker - Hana Beaman, along with Barrett Christy and Robin Van Gyn, organized a women’s jam last year at Mt. Baker Ski Area called Lay-Back Weekend. The party started with a kickoff on Friday, January 5, and continued through the weekend with a laid-back snowboard contest, a skate ramp, a camp-out in the parking lot, snow safety […]
  • Avalanche Forecast Refresher: Brush-up and stay safe in the backcountry - By Jason D. Martin | Images courtesy of the Northwest Avalanche Center It snowed on Wednesday. On Thursday, it rained. Today it was sunny. Tomorrow, it’s supposed to snow again … So, should I go backcountry skiing tomorrow? Will it be dangerous? Will there be avalanches? Maybe. It’s almost always possible to ski in the […]
  • Fix pain from snowboarding with the tree pose - Snowboarding’s asymmetry can extract a physical toll. If you let it. By Luca Williams My mother grew up in a small town in the mountainous region of Panama. She was one of five kids all born at home without a doctor. My grandmother, Abuela Carolina, was a single mom making money by sewing dresses with […]
  • Snowboarding returns to its essence - Story and photos by Beau Gaughran Banked slalom races are spreading throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Although Mt. Baker Ski Area’s Legendary Banked Slalom started over 30 years ago (shortly after the sport itself), the format has only just started to reach the wider world of snowboarding. Just last winter both Stevens Pass and […]
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  • The FNRad Snowboarding Podcast - By Oliver Lazenby The surest way to create something interesting is to follow what interests you. That’s Eric Traulsen’s formula for his passion project, the FNRad Snowboarding Podcast. Through interviews with snowboard legends, Traulsen chronicles the sport’s early days, from duct-tape covered Sorel boots and the invention of the snurfer to the Mount Baker Hard […]
  • Postcards: Greetings from a slow car (but fast house) - By Nick Belcaster and Evan Skoczenski If you parked in the Heather Meadows lot of Mt. Baker this winter you may have picked out a gray ’86 Vanagon with sky-blue California plates, skis leaning up against the side and a smokestack protruding from a window, puffing away. When Evan Skoczenski parked it in early December […]
  • Legends of the Turn: 31st Legendary Banked Slalom 2017 - Photos and words by Beau Gaughran Last weekend, some of the best snowboarders in the world migrated to the Mt. Baker Ski Area to compete in the Legendary Banked Slalom. And they weren’t alone. They joined an enormous family of snowboarding zealots—men, women, boys, and girls ranging in age from as young as eight to […]
  • Mountain News, March 2015 - Mountain News for March 2015: The ski area remains closed, but a series of events keeps the Mt. Baker Highway busy this month.
  • Liz Daley dies in avalanche in Argentina - Liz Daley dies in avalanche in Argentina On September 29, Elizabeth Devon Daley, a professional snowboarder from Tacoma, Washington died in an avalanche in the Fitz Roy Massif region near El Chaltén, Argentina. She and her party of five were descending Cerro Vespignani (2,146 meters) when the avalanche struck, carrying her 200 meters. Daley, 29, […]

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