Snow, snow, snow... variety of terrain, friendly staff, inexpensive
Remote, no apres ski...
Compared to Whistler and Mt. Hood, the two big vertical resorts of the upper northwest, Mt. Baker holds its own for it's snow, beautiful locale, friendly staff and inexpensive lift tickets. Tucked away 30mi from the nearest town, gas up and cash up before you go, no ATMs at the mountain. None of the lifts have safety bars... locals are friendly responsible people. When the powder falls which is almost always... trails, not well marked, don't matter. You just get off the lift and go. The most difficult terrain minus one double black chute, appropriately named The Chute, is not that difficult, so don't expect too much. For most, there is enough variety to have fun for several days as my 11 yr. old son and I did over Thanksgiving... but then we crossed the expert only ropes all afternoon. Great fun!