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Baker Exchange

The Story

THE STORY BEHIND THE BAKER EXCHANGE The idea for the Baker Exchange started this summer after I went with the WRO crew on trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and was reminded again of the power of wilderness. Hanging out alone up in one of the hot springs I thought of how much my friends, family and “Baker people” I know would appreciate both the spectacular beauty of the wilderness and the pure fun of the adventure.
That combined with the idea of supporting the hard working and like-minded people who run independent businesses in these amazing places and I couldn’t NOT try to do something for us all.
So here you go – more ways for the Baker community to go out into the world and have fun. These businesses have been selected because they are independently run businesses owned by people who know what it is to value beautiful places, be part of the community, and have some serious fun!
I wish for you this next year that among many fun days at Baker, you may also get to see more stars then you can imagine over the Main, alpen glow on Mt. Hood, a sunset on Chuckanut Bay, sea otters along Wildcat, and a fresh powder field that leads to camp. And hang on - because these people know how to drop in!

5 FREE DAYS at Mt. HOOD MEADOWS

FOR ALL 18-19 PASSHOLDERS

Present a valid 2018-2019 Mt. Baker season pass and photo identification oneligible days at the Mt. Hood Meadows ski area ticket office in exchange for that day’s lift ticket.

  • Valid weekdays December 3, 2018 through March 1, 2019 (excluding Dec 17 - Jan 4) and ANY DAY of operation from March 2, 2019 through the end of 2018-2019 season.See each ski area’s operation calendar for details.
  • Must present a valid 18-19 season pass and photo ID at the ski area ticket office in exchange for that day’s lift ticket.
  • Exchange lift tickets are for pass holder only and are not transferable.
  • Passholder is responsible for knowing and adhering to exchange ski area’s mountain policies and guidelines.

ABOUT MT. HOOD MEADOWS Flanking along the shoulders of the volcano, Mt. Hood Meadows was founded in 1968 by CEO Matthew Drake’s father, Franklin Drake. Mt. Hood Meadows remains one of the largest ski areas in the Northwest and has been a valued part of winter life for 3 generations of Oregonians and Pacific Northwesterners. The Baker exchange with Meadows started 5 years ago when Gwyn and Matthew met in a brewery in Hood River, OR and talked about experiences “growing up” in the ski business and it’s many changes. This led to the realization that Baker and Meadows now remain two of only a handful of originally owned/ independent ski areas left in The West, if not in the country. This exchange is part of supporting just that, and helping our passholders have access to another fun ski area in the Northwest. Find out more www.skihood.com .


THE TRIP LOTTERIES & DISCOUNTS

6-DAY RAFTING TRIP IN IDAHO

6-Day Rafting Trip in Idaho
2 FREE LOTTERY SPOTS
plus 10 2-for-1 LOTTERY SPOTS

WILDERNESS RIVERS OUTFITTERS
THE TRIP
A custom charter trip for Baker passholders through the heart of the Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness on the Main Salmon River in Idaho. With class III Rapids and many large sand beaches, the Main is a true American West gem that pairs a beach vacation with the solitude of vast wilderness. The waters are warm for swimming, or grab your hiking boots to explore historic homesteads, rocky canyon ridge tops and Native American pictographs. Trip launches September 2nd 2019.
THE EXCHANGE 2 FREE LOTTERY SPOTS plus 10 2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1 LOTTERY SPOTS. Baker passholder needs to purchase the trip, but the second person can be a non-passholder friend or family. See How It Works for how to get a spot. Value $1,850 each


ABOUT WILDERNESS RIVER OUTFITTERS
Seth Tonsmeire and his family have owned and operated Wilderness River Outfitters since 1972 and offer top rated river experiences in the American Wilderness gems of The West. Seth grew up in the WRO business. Now going on 200 multi-day river trips he has dedicated himself to carrying on the WRO tradition of quality wilderness adventures for you all for years to come.
When Mt. Baker Professional Ski Patroller, PJ Moran wraps up winter at Baker, he heads to Idaho and, among many other adventures, spends his summers as a lead wilderness river guide at WRO. www.wildernessriver.com
Thanks Seth, PJ and WRO crew for helping get a good thing started.

1/2-DAY KAYAK TRIP TO CHUCKANUT ISLAND



1/2-Day Kayak Trip to Chuckanut Island
50 FREE LOTTERY SPOTS

MOONDANCE SEA KAYAK
THE TRIPS
5 custom charter trips for Baker passholders. Half-day sea kayak adventures from Wildcat Cove to Chuckanut Island (Dot Island) in Chuckanut Bay. Gliding past Chuckanut Sandstone formations and keeping an eye out for wildlife, we will stop and stretch our legs on a Nature Conservancy protected Island in the bay or a beautiful beach along the way. Ages 7 & up
THE BAKER EXCHANGE FREE for Baker passholders who get a spot on one of 5 trips. 10 passholders per trip - 50 Total spots Spots on the June trips are for Baker passholders only, but Kristi at Moondance says she is open to trying to accommodate you on another trip of similar value if you want to bring a non-passholder. See How It Works for how to get a spot.
BAKER TRIPS June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 VALUE $76 each


EXTRA DEAL FOR ALL BAKER PASSHOLDERS
20% off our daytime Moondance trips in 2019


ABOUT MOONDANCE Owner and guide, Kristi was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she spent her childhood playing in the Wasatch Mountains. When she was younger she had the opportunity to spend summers in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, where her love of the Pacific Northwest began. She worked at Mt. Baker Ski Area when she first came to Bellingham and has served as an AmeriCorps member, worked as a naturalist, a ski instructor, bike/ski/snowboard mechanic, snow-cone specialist, sailing + kayak instructor and spent her fair share of time working in the big world of outdoor retail. When Kristi is not in her kayak you can find her skiing Mt. Baker, mountain biking with her pups, frying up a breakfast miracle, spending time with friends and family or rafting some of the worlds most beautiful rivers. Find out more at moondancekayak.com.

1-DAY CAT SKI TRIP IN CASCADES



1-Day Cat Ski Trip in Cascades
2 FREE LOTTERY SPOTS

CASCADE POWDER GUIDES
THE TRIPS
Two single-day cat skiing/boarding trips. Includes a full day of skiing or boarding with 7-10 runs, 8,000-10,000 feet of skiing, and lunches and snacks. Includes transceiver, shovel, probe, safety briefing, and guiding with a max 6:1 ratio. Intermediate & Advanced only. Ages 15 & up. Minors must be accompanied by adult.
THE BAKER EXCHANGE 2 SPOTS TOTAL FREE for Baker passholders who gets a spot. VALUE $525 each


EXTRA DEAL FOR ALL BAKER PASSHOLDERS
$150 off Catski Weekend - 3 Day Yurt Trip with Cascade Powder Guides
Save $150 when you book a weekend trip with 3 days of skiing or riding and hanging out at a yurt lodge. Baker Passholder Price $1045 each (reg. $1195)


ABOUT CASCADE POWDER GUIDES Having skied, climbed and mountaineered their way across the globe, owners, Austin Shannon, Ryan Murry and Aaron Mainer have set up the heart of their operation here in the Cascades. From cat and snowmobile skiing to overnight yurt trips and avalanche course, this crew knows snow. Find out more: www.cascadepowderguides.com


CRACKED CRAB DINNER CRUISE



Cracked Crab Dinner Cruise in Bellingham Bay
140 FREE LOTTERY SPOTS

SAN JUAN CRUISES
THE TRIP
2 Custom charter Chuckanut Cracked Crab Cruises along the scenic Chuckanut Coast and scenic areas of Chuckanut Bay, the Viti Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, Eliza and Lummi Islands and Bellingham Bay. Dinner includes the Northwest's finest Dungeness Crab served with Baked Chicken, our signature Broccoli Salad, roasted potatoes, freshly baked bread and dessert. Full bar with selection of NW beer, wines, and cocktails available for purchase. For ALL ages. Baker Trips on June 1 and June 8, 2019.
THE BAKER EXCHANGE FREE for Baker Passholders who get a spot on 1 of 2 trips. 70 passholders per trip - 140 Spots Total. Must be a Baker passholder to use a spot. If not all spots are filled with passholders, will will open it up to non-passholder friends and family. Value $59


EXTRA DEAL FOR ALL BAKER PASSHOLDERS
25% off our Deluxe whale watching tours in 2019


ABOUT San Juan Cruises Bellingham local, Drew Schmidt, has owned and operated San Juan Cruises since 1987. San Juan Cruises specializes in outings to the San Juan Islands, Chuckanut Bay, and private charters, and is based out of the Alaska Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven.

HOW TRIP LOTTERIES WORKS


THE TRIP LOTTERY DETAILS

SIGN UP ON 1 or ALL of the “ I WANT TO GO ” LOTTERY lists
Sign up in person at business office in Bellingham or over the phone 360-734-6771. We will need: Full Name, Baker Passholder Number, Email and/or Phone Number, & Age. Once you put your name will stay there and be part of each drawing until all spots are allocated. The sooner you get on the list, the better chance you have.
CHECK BAKER EXCHANGE CALENDAR
To give a chance at these spots to as many Baker passholders as possible, we will draw a certain number of open spots each Friday until November 2 or until all spots are filled. See Baker Exchange Calendar for how many spots each week will be open.
STAY TUNED FOR DRAWINGS
If your name is drawn, we will notify you on which drawing you won and your name will be given to appropriate partner to book the trip directly with them. We will keep the I Want To Go list and should a booked spot become available, it will be offered in order of sign up on the list.