Saturday Winter Ride FAQ
WHAT IS SATURDAY WINTER RIDE? The Saturday Winter Ride Program is an 8 week ski and snowboard program for middle and high school students. For over 50 years, Mt. Baker has been proud to host this program, providing youth with access to the winter mountain environment. Established local ski/snowboard organizations/groups arrange transportation from designated locations in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, and Island counties. Once at the ski area, Mt. Baker provides discounted Season Passes, Lessons, and Rental Equipment.
WHAT DOES MT BAKER PROVIDE/ NOT PROVIDE? Mt Baker provides discounted Season Passes, Lessons and/or Rentals to middle and high school student enrolled in the Saturday Winter Ride program through their local organization/group. These are the only services provided by Mt Baker to students enrolled in the Winter Ride Program.
Mt Baker does not provide or assume any responsibility for transportation. All transportation services associated with the Winter Ride Program are the responsibility of the local organization/group coordinator. Mt Baker does not provide or assume any responsibility for supervision or guidance of Winter Ride participants outside of a regularly scheduled lesson class. Any services offered to participants in the Winter Ride Program other than discounted Season Passes, Lessons and/or Rentals are NOT the responsibility of Mt Baker Ski Area.
WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR FIRST? You must be registered through your Local Coordinator before you are eligible for discounted Season Passes, Lessons, and/or Rentals. Your Saturday Winter Ride Season Pass, Lesson, and/or Rental purchase will be will be verified against the roster provided by your Local Coordinator.
WHERE DO WE PAY AND TURN IN PAPERWORK? Registration and payment for transportation is handled through your Local Coordinator. Registration for the Saturday Winter Ride Program, including Season Pass, lesson, and rental purchases are processed through the Mt. Baker Ski Area Business Office in Bellingham. Some Local Coordinators prefer to collect this paperwork and payment for their participants, and deliver these in a bundle to the Mt. Baker Office. Your Local Coordinator will let you know which they prefer.
WHY TAKE LESSONS? Our experienced instructors can help skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels progress their skills and increase their mountain knowledge and we strongly recommend that first time Saturday Winter Ride participants take lessons. Saturday Winter Ride lessons are offered at a significant discount off regular lesson prices, and are offered for all ability levels. Lessons take place from 9am-11am each of the first 6 days.
WHAT IS A SATURDAY WINTER RIDE SEASON PASS? A Saturday Winter Ride Season Pass is a photo ID badge that allows the Passholder to ride the chair lifts at Mt Baker Ski Area for the entire 2019-20 season. The Winter Ride Onward Pass is similar but is only valid from January 5 until the end of the 2019-20 season. Either a Season Pass or individual lift tickets are required each day of the program. Both of the season passes are priced to be a significant savings over purchasing daily lift tickets. See our pricing comparison in "Choose Your Saturday Winter Ride Season Pass Type".
WHY SHOULD WE RENT EQUIPMENT FROM MT. BAKER? Renting equipment from Mt. Baker means that there is no heavy, wet gear to bring home at the end of each week. Each morning of program, Saturday Winter Ride renters grab their rental cards from a rack just inside the Heather Meadows Mountain Shop, then head downstairs to grab their gear. The rental cards make it easy for our Rental Shop Technicians to get them quickly set up with the right gear.
WHAT OTHER WINTER RIDE PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE? Along with the Saturday Winter Ride Program, Mt. Baker also offers One Day Winter Ride for grades 6-12 and Multi-Day & Mid-Week Multi-Week Programs for grades 2-12. More information contact Mt. Baker Winter Ride Program Coordinator, Kenny Hutson.
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We live in a special place. It is a joy for us to help younger people in our community have fun, play, learn and grow up in these mountains. The Pacific Northwest, and Mt. Baker in particular, is one of the most stunningly beautiful and exciting places to ski or snowboard in all of North America...and many would say in the world. Breath fresh air, form new friendships, learn a new skill, engage and explore, gain independence and become part of the Baker community.
For over 50 years, the youth ski and snowboard programs have been a fun and exciting way to spend time in a memorable natural environment. The benefits of spending time in nature have been shown to increase well-being and engagement and improve overall health and academic achievement and skiing and snowboarding are such a fun way to do that!
How To Sign Up For Saturday Winter Ride
STEP 1: Register With Your Local Group
STEP 1: REGISTER FOR YOUR LOCAL PROGRAM THROUGH YOUR LOCAL ORGANIZATION/GROUP’s COORDINATOR (”LOCAL COORDINATOR”)
Your Local Coordinator will provide you with the forms necessary to sign up for your local program, including transportation.
Season passes, lessons, lift tickets, and/or rental equipment are the only services provided by Mt. Baker to Winter Ride participants. Transportation is arranged through established local organization/groups, not Mt. Baker. The Local Coordinator for your organization/group will provide you with information about registration and payment for transportation. You must be registered for your local program in order to be eligible for discounted Winter Ride season passes, lessons, and/or rentals.
STEP 2 Choose Your Saturday Winter Ride Season Pass Type
Save up to $30 on Saturday Winter Ride Full Season Pass over Regular Season Pass Pricing!
Either a Season Pass or individual lift tickets are required each day of the 8 week program. A Mt. Baker Season Pass is a photo ID badge which allows the Passholder access to ride the chair lifts at Mt. Baker Ski Area. We have priced the Saturday Winter Ride Season Passes so they offer significant savings over purchasing individual lift tickets and regular priced season passes.
SATURDAY WINTER RIDE FULL SEASON PASS valid for entire 2019-2020 Season.
SATURDAY WINTER RIDE ONWARD PASS valid from January 4, 2020 through end of 2019-202 Season.
STEP 3 Add Lesson and/or Rental Options
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL WINTER RIDE RATES ON LESSONS AND RENTALS!
SKI & SNOWBOARD LESSONS 50% OFF REGULAR PRICING
Saturday Winter Ride Lessons are offered at a significant discount off regular lesson prices, and are offered for all ability levels. Our experienced instructors can help skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels progress their skills and increase their mountain knowledge & safety awareness. Lessons take place from 9am-11am each of the first 6 days. We strongly recommend that first time Saturday Winter Ride participants take lessons.
SKI & SNOWBOARD RENTALS 25% OFF REGULAR PRICING
Renting equipment from Mt. Baker means that there is no heavy, wet gear to bring home at the end of each week. Each morning of program, Saturday Winter Ride renters grab their rental cards from a rack just inside the Heather Meadows Mountain Shop, then head downstairs to grab their gear. The rental cards make it easy for our Rental Shop Technicians to get them quickly set up with the right gear.
Winter Ride Lessons
Winter Ride RentalsPrices doe not include 7.9% WSST
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STEP 4 Complete & Submit Paperwork
Submit Season Pass, Lesson, and/or Rental Paperwork along with payment. Paperwork and payment can be submitted directly to Mt. Baker Ski Area Business office. Some coordinators may choose to collect all paperwork and payments and submit as a group. Check with your group coordinator.
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Mt. Baker Instruction Program