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  • Still Sideways: Tandem Snowboarding the Banked Slalom - Devon Raney, a surfer, snowboarder, and homebuilder, had life pretty well figured out until he began losing his vision at age 33. In this excerpt from his new book ‘Still Sideways: Riding the Edge Again After Losing my Sight,’ Raney finds a way to keep snowboarding. February is an exciting time for Glacier, and more […]
  • Citizen scientists measuring snow in places scientists can’t - By Elizabeth Kimberly With the onset of spring in the Cascades, the mountain snowpack begins its annual phase change: dense snow becomes cold, flowing water – sustenance to the watershed.  To better predict the volume and timing of snowmelt, scientists need an accurate yearly record of snow depth in the mountains. On a grander scale, […]
  • Who tames the Khumbu Icefall, and other mountain trivia - This is the third installment of Mount Baker Experience Mountain Trivia. Find the answers at the bottom of this page. By Jason D. Martin 1 The well-regarded novelist behind the “Hyperion Cantos” science fiction series penned a piece of historical fiction about Mt. Everest. In his book ,“The Abominable,” a year has gone by since […]
  • Newsroom, Spring 2020 -   World paddling film festival The Paddling Film Festival World Tour is coming to Bellingham for the second year in a row, bringing about 25 films to Bellingham Technical College on April 3. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and films start at 7 p.m. The festival, launched in 2006 by Rapid Media, shows films in […]
  • 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 […]

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  • Vision exercises for snowboarders and skiers - The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust By Luca Williams From the moment we wake up, our eyes are at work, allowing us to text, drive, work on a computer, stare at our kids, friends, and partners with love or frustration. Then, for […]
  • 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.

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