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Mount Baker Resort Reviews

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Mount Baker Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Mount Baker Ski Resort

  • April 12, 2016
    from Canada

    Global warming has changed this mtn. from snow to rain on many days. When it does get a big day the management will call a "late opening" usually an hour or more wait in a long line up. Powder is gone in a run or two. Lift tickets are considered good value but a 10:00-3:30 day is not good value in my books especially after driving 3 hours. No line-ups in the rain though. The website snow report is a joke and rarely updated beyond 5am when it might have below zero temps. Try an independent site or be sure it is 25 degrees at 5am or it will be raining by the time you ski.

  • Mount Baker Ratings

    Overall: 2.7. Based on 62 votes and 54 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mount Baker.

    Public Transport: 2.1

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Baker, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.8

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 2.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Mount Baker, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 1.9

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.5

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mount Baker.

    Ski in/Ski out: 1.4

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 1.6

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Mount Baker, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mount Baker is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 1.2

    (1) Mount Baker relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Baker, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Baker are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.3

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mount Baker is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 1.7

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Baker, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.0

    (1) Mount Baker usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 3.6

    (1) The staff at Mount Baker are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Baker are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.5

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 2.8

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 3.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.8

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Baker has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 2.7

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.2

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Baker, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.1

    (1) Not even a kicker at Mount Baker, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 3.6

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.3

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mount Baker, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mount Baker has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 2.9

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 2.8

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.1

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 1.4

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 1.6

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 2.4

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.6

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Mount Baker is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Mount Baker is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • April 01, 2016
    from Canada

    Mount Baker is no good. Do not go there. Nothing good about that place. Now you know.

  • December 01, 2015
    from United States

    Ever since losing the terrain park if it doesn't snow it can be very boring. It's usually crappy concrete snow which is dangerous if you're trying to have fun. Bring cash so you aren't charged for every swipe. Watch out for deep ruts in the "freshly groomed" trails, wtheck man?

  • November 30, 2015
    from Canada

    Mt. Baker is a true skier and snowboarder's paradise. Challenging terrain, consistent deep snow, no BS. This is a real mountain for real riders, not your fancy fashion show. I have never waited more than 5 mins for a chair. Compare that to 30min line ups at Whistler. The food and service are great. And the price is unbeatable. So all you haters writing ridiculous comments, good, stay off this mountain. Might as well keep this gem to ourselves.

  • November 28, 2015
    from Canada

    We are from Vancouver, BC and absolutely love Mt Baker! We stay up there over night all the time in our RV, ski all day have a couple drinks in the lodge and have a little propane fire at night. The staff are amazing; always happy to help, always with a smile. We would way rather go to Mt Baker than Whistler any day! Prices are reasonable for lift tickets and rentals. We don't feel robbed like Whistler for lift tickets and rentals. Highly recommend Mt Baker :)

  • May 21, 2015
    from United States

    Despite some site commentary, I am here to say Mt. Baker is an absolute gem! Particularly for advanced and backcountry skiers. Featuring highly complex terrain, I am still finding new facets and new exposures after 10 years of intense skiing at Baker. Warning: if you want to stay on groomed piste and have a spa, this is not your mountain. But if you want challenging off-piste skiing, deep snow and real mountain experience, this is the place. And if you don't mind hiking a bit, there is at least three times the area offered beyond the resort than what lies within it. A real big mountain experience. Find a local and let them show you the goods. Cheers!

  • February 09, 2015
    from Canada

    I see a lot of negative comments about management in these surveys but I feel exactly the opposite. I lost my keys a few days ago on the mountain and the Baker staff bent over backwards to help me. I got service that other resorts can only hope to match. Thank you Baker management and staff. Very much appreciated!

  • December 03, 2014
    from Canada

    I had such good memories of Baker as a teen and I wanted the same for my family. I purchased a vacation property at Maple Falls and for years brought my two sons here to snowboard all winter. Unfortunately, the removal of the snow park has been a game changer. They now only want to go to our local mountains, in Vancouver, with snow parks. Mount Baker is great but if you put it beside our local mountains with easy bus access and artificial snow machines and night skiing, well, hard to compete. Please note, I have a great vacation property for sale.

  • November 11, 2014
    from United States

    Mt Baker is dying slowly. It used to be much less packed. At weekends it's not even worth going. Weekdays can be rad. Management is terrible. If you like to go really fast you'll have to get yourself a beacon and start hiking, or either get run into by beginners or collide after catching air since they have no terrain park; people like to jump off stuff. Cat tracks, wind lips, and lack of transitions are your only option. The management is too cheap even though it's says if you hurt yourself it's not their liability; it's still too much liability. How about the liability of me flying 60+ mph across a run to hit that jump we built. Pssssh, come on people.

  • October 31, 2014
    from United States

    As many others have said, the only thing holding back this mountain is poor and ineffective management. Extremely poor customer service and 1970's chairs and equipment; it's a miracle there hasn't been a tragedy due to poor safety controls and clowns running their safety programs. It's sad because this could be a premier ski area particularly with the snow depth it gets but don't expect that happening anytime soon with these local yocals running it.