MT BAKER

If you want to ride hard, Mt Baker is quite simply epic, but après-ski heaven it is not. The reason for its reputation is this: dumps of snow, deep, untracked pow, superb downhill terrain (voted No.1 by OnTheSnow visitors), and a progressive open boundary policy. Add to that the diversity of its natural terrain – gullies, canyons, tree runs and hits – and you’ve got a true snowboarders’ mountain.

Another reason for its immense popularity is that amid the commercialisation and hype of snowboarding the family-run resort has managed, to its credit, to preserve a grassroots feeling about the place. “Each February, top professionals like Tom Burt, Terje Haakonsen and Victoria Jealouse pass up the television exposure and big purses of mainstream contests elsewhere in the world just to compete in the Baker slalom and celebrate the simple and unsullied passion for riding that brought them to the hill in the first place,” says the NY Times.

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