If you've been to Mt. Baker, you might have discovered that this place is so much more than just a place to ski or snowboard. The mountains are rugged and beautiful, the snow is bountiful (oftentimes the most snowfall in the world is here), the trees are old and twisty and BIG. The people who work here and play here tend to feel like family - one big family and countless small families. Many people have put down roots at Mt. Baker. Some are deep roots that have grown over decades, others are brand new after their first visit. In this section we want to spotlight some of these people. Artists, photographers and filmmakers who celebrate this beautiful place and capture the magical feeling of skiing and snowboarding. Local companies who we work with to build and maintain the facilities and make unique, quality food and merchandise. Non-profit organizations who are working to break down financial and logistical barriers to provide snow sport opportunities and education to a wider range of people. Locals and other people who have had an impact on making the ski area what is today. Our crew, who we consider the best ski area operators in the world, from the first-year lifties to the 50-year veterans. And a history timeline of the area because the history here is deep. Mt. Baker Ski Area has been locally owned and operated since 1953, and there are many more stories from the decades and centuries prior.
We will be adding content here through the year, so be sure to check back for more spotlights, stories and ways to connect to this mountain community of ours.
Winner of the 2021-22 Season Passholder Art Contest
Allyson comes from the lovely state of Virginia. She works mainly in watercolor, pen and ink, and acrylic paints, focusing on animal subjects. In early 2020, she moved to Bellingham for the phenomenal mountain biking and snowboarding this area has to offer. Since moving to Bellingham, the amazing people and places here have greatly influenced her artwork and she is very grateful to have Mt. Baker Ski Area be a part of that.
Winner of the 2020-21 Artist Point & Shoot Contest
Cole Brooks is only at the beginning of what could be a promising career behind the lens. His photography caught our eye and has already earned him accolades within the Mt. Baker media sphere with his win of our Artist Point & Shoot Contest held in collaboration with The Ski Journal and The Snowboarder's Journal. We look forward to seeing more from Cole as he and his craft grows.
Rider: Brayden Charette
SPOTLIGHT LOCAL BUSINESS
Hardware Sales and Mt Baker Ski Area have a long history going back decades. Check out our first Local Business Partner photo/audio spotlight, where you can hear Mt. Baker's Duncan Howat and Ty McClellan of Hardware Sales tell a few stories of their history and how each local business has helped the other over the years. And see just a few of Hardware Sales mind-boggling array of items!
Anne is a filmmaker based in Bellingham. Anne spends her winters at Mt. Baker eating french fries and trying to keep up with her friends on the bootpack with her heavy camera pack. She specializes in honest, fun, slice-of-life cinéma vérité films. She runs a production company called Mad Trees, directing and producing a variety of projects in the outdoor industry and beyond.
Spotlight Community Program
This program is working to provide opportunities for Lhaq'temish Tribal Members of Coast- Salish Puget Sound Region Tribes to enjoy the wonders of the snow at Mt Baker. The ski area has developed special pricing for this program, and the foundation helps to provide transportation, equipment and opportunity for the members. Stay tuned throughout the season for more information and opportunities to get involved.