Baker Ski To Sea Race
The Mount Baker Ski Area is host to the annual Ski
To Sea festival, a seven-legged, 100-mile competition held each
year. The race begins on the ski slopes of Mount Baker and
includes outdoor activities Bellingham is famous for, cross
country skiing, downhill skiing, running, cycling, canoeing,
mountain biking and kayaking. The race also once included other
activities such as mountaineering, horse back riding, fishing
boat, and waterskiing. The race has also been shorted.
the Ski to Sea race ran from the city of Bellingham to the top of
Mount Baker and back, however the race was cancelled when a runner
fell into a crevasse. Today the race is from the ski slopes of
Mount Baker down to Bellingham Bay covering 94 miles. The final
leg of the race is the sea kayak where competitors hop in their
kayak at Squalicum Harbor and paddle across Bellingham Bay to
Marine Park in
Fairhaven District, hop out and run up the shore to ring a
bell at the finish line.
MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA DIRECTIONS: Take I-5 North
From Seattle To Bellingham WA- Exit East On Sunrise-- This becomes
the Mt. Baker Highway. Keep Driving Until You Get To The Ski Area
52 miles east of Bellingham - Drive Time Approximately 1 hr 15
For more information call Mt.
Baker Recreation (360) 734-6771.
Snowfall On Mt. Baker
Mt. Baker holds the world record for measurable
snow fall in one year during the 1998-1999 snowfall season. The
state reported that over 1,140 inches fell. The snowfall
measurement was taken daily on a flat surface. This claim was
carefully scrutinized by experts from NOAA, The Western Regional
Climate Center, The American Association of State Climatologists,
and The National Climatic Data Center.
Once verified this new
record beat the old snowfall record by 18 inches. The previous
record was set 1972 on the slopes of Mt. Rainer.
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The Mt. Baker Ski Area Prices
Below are some sample prices for Mount Baker Ski Area Season
Passes (Subject to change without notice - Check official Ski Area
website for current pricing)
Adult: $ 765.00
Child: $ 215.00
Senior: $ 445.00
Young Adult 16-17 years old: $ 520.00
College - Full Time Students: $ 675.00
HOURS OF OPERATION
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather Permitting*
THE MOUNT BAKER
Mount Baker is at the northern end of the Cascade Range
of volcanoes with a peak reaching 10,781 ft. making it the
third-highest mountain in Washington State. Mt. Baker is one of
the Cascade range's youngest volcanoes and is considered active.
Several eruptions have been observed from Bellingham during the
1800's. In 1860, passengers on a boat travelling to Victoria B.C.
witnessed Mt. Baker belching out large volumes of smoke and ash.
In 1975 a large increase in fumaroles activity melted snow and ice
in the Sherman crater which prompted the closure of Baker Lake
recreation area on the south slopes of Mt. Baker.
Saucers Over Baker
Know? The phrase "Flying Saucer" was first coined in 1947 just
weeks before the famous Roswell incident when small plane pilot
and businessman, Kenneth Arnold described nine disc objects flying
over Mount Baker and then travelling at high speed to Mount
Rainier before flying off into the distance.
Bellingham Is Known For Being An Outdoor
Lover's Dream Destination and having something for everyone with just
about every kind of outdoor activity you could imagine. Bellingham
is also home to the southern terminus of the Alaskan Marine
Highway Ferry System offering car and passenger service north to
If you're looking for some winter fun in the
snow, the Mount Baker Ski Area has it all, in fact it holds the
world record for the average annual snowfall of any resort in the
world - over 53 Feet of snow! It also holds the record for the
most snowfall ever measured in the USA - 93.5 feet. Tackle Mount
Baker's intermediate or more challenging runs with colorful names
like Chicken Ridge, Pan Face, and The Chute. If the Mount Baker
Ski Area looks somehow familiar its because it has often been
featured snowboard and ski films.
52621 Harbor Loop Dr.
4255 Mitchell Wy
From Interstate 5 Exit 258
West & Turn right on Airport Way - Or use a park-and-ride lot off
Interstate 5 and take the shuttle to the airport.
Exit 255 off Interstate 5 and travel East of Bellingham 52 miles
on State Highway 542
Phone (360) 734-6771
4 Clubhouse Circle
3005 Cinema Place