We find fun, adventure, beauty, community, perhaps a little magic, and so much more here in the mountains. But we acknowledge that there are many barriers for many people in accessing and enjoying these mountains – economic, historical, racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and other barriers. Mt. Baker is working internally, as well as with a number of organizations, to help break down these barriers and provide opportunities and education to everyone. Our involvement ranges from special pricing programs and creation of education programs, donating paid crew time to work on programs and events, to straight up donations. Here are some of the programs and organizations we working with or would like to spotlight. You can find links below to learn more, donate or volunteer time and/or expertise. We will be adding more programs to this section in the months to come, and we are looking forward to continuing our own learning and expanding the scope of our involvement in the years to come!
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.
Vamos Outdoor Project
Vamos Outdoors Project (VOP) works to eliminate barriers to access that make it harder for Latinx and English Language Learner families to participate in outdoor, recreational, and environmental education activities. We provide supervision, transportation, food, and all necessary equipment for the activities provided by our partner organizations.
Northwest Weather & Avalanche Center (NWAC)
The Northwest Avalanche Center exists to increase avalanche awareness, reduce avalanche impacts, and equip the community with mountain weather and avalanche forecasts, education, and data.
We envision a community of backcountry users in the Pacific Northwest aware of avalanche risk, making informed decisions, and returning safely.
Mt. Baker Snow School Program
Mt. Baker Snow School combines hands-on science education with snowshoe powered exploration for grades 6 - 12 at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. All schools are welcome! This program is in cooperation with Mt. Baker Ski Area, North Cascades Institute and Northwest Avalanche Center. The programs focus on Snow Science, Winter Ecology & Natural & Cultural History, Watershed Education: Baker to Bellingham, Mountain Leadership & Mountain Safety, and Winter Recreation.