Mount Baker, the Snowiest Place on Earth

Winter explorations on snowshoe: photography adventure in the backcountry of the Cascades, outside of the ski resort at Mount Baker.

One perk of moving to Bellingham, is that it is central to almost anything your adventurous heart desires – mountain biking, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering, surfing…

Mount Baker sits less than two hours east of Bellingham, and is known as the snowiest place on Earth. Fascinating, but what has really intrigued me about this, ever since moving here, is that the ski resort sits at the end of a dead end. Mount Baker Highway, SR 542, ends at the ski area in the winter, and the Artist Point trailhead in the summer. Having grown up in Colorado, and even with a short trip to Åre, Sweden, I’m familiar with ski areas that are easily accessible, along a highway that is en route to other exciting destinations.

Which is one of the things that makes Mount Baker truly unique.

Below are a range of images captured on various adventures. Some ski touring, some snowshoeing, and whatever other winter adventure has drawn me out into the cold.