I've been heading to Baker for 3 years now and have yet to be disappointed. East Coast mountains and Colorado "resorts" can't hang with Baker. How could they when Baker gets more snow before January than most resorts get all year.
Baker is NOT a resort. It's a ski area where only those who love to board and ski have great things to say about it. I've never seen anybody toking or drinking in the parking lot. Probably b/c I'm more concentrated on which run to catch first. So just stay at home Dec. 23rd TOURIST, one less body to crowd the mountain.
For more pictures and write-ups about Baker, check out the FEB 2008 edition of POWDER magazine. Baker is a mecca completely underestimated. If you take the time to drive out and see for yourself then you won't be disappointed.