The unforgettable powder of Mt. Baker

 

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“Adventure is Worthwhile in itself”

-Amelia Earhart

For as long as I can remember, adventure has fuelled my soul. It has ignited my passions. When I moved to British Columbia, I knew that adventure would be knock knock knocking right on my doorstep. Big, and small, I knew it would be mine for the taking. And on a recent trip to Mt. Baker in Washington State, I had one of my more unique adventure experiences. I wanted to share my experience with you, and give you some tips, tricks, and ideas to make a Mt. Baker trip of your own.

Now I should start off by saying I love to ski, but I am no expert skier that is for sure. I grew up in Ontario where I thought Blue “Mountain” was a challenging place. Even now a days, I feel more comfortable in the pizza formation then french fry and you will find me on the blue squares and never on the black diamonds. Yet this year for my birthday I was surprised with a brand new and super cool pair of skis and so I decided it would be my mission to make the most of this ski season.

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About Mt. Baker:

  • Just a short two hour drive from Vancouver but bring your passport because you have to cross the U.S. Boarder
  • It is the third highest mountain in Washington
  • It gets epic snowfalls every year. In fact back in 1999 it set a world record (1140 inches)
  • Mt Baker is home to twelve glaciers

Best time to visit:

Mt. Baker is one of those places that offers activity all year long. The town really revolves around the mountain so expect plenty of skiing in the winter and hikes + mountain biking in the summer. It is really up to you your preference.

Where to Stay:

A small ski town, there are no real hotels in the air. If you are planning a trip to Mt. Baker I would suggest looking into airbnb in the area. We were able to snag a beautiful wood cabin complete with a hot tub for post ski relaxation.

Who is this for?

Do you love adventure? skiing? snowboarding? biking? Then Mt. Baker should be on your check list. The small ski town won’t be as busy as the resorts and so you really get to enjoy the great outdoors without the crowds of people.

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Our  Day at Mt. Baker 

We left for the mountain bright and early. The 20 minute drive to the mountain was filled with twist and turns. Winding through the green forest that slowly turned to snow covered trees.

As we took the first chairlift up, I noticed the powder was even deeper than I had expected. Down below there were ski causalities buried deep below. Snowboarders trying to wiggle their way out of waist deep snow. I knew at that point this was going to be a ski experience like none other.

Once at the top, I was really surprised at how many options and slopes there were. Four different chairlifts and three different ski sides of the mountain. It really was a place for people of all levels.

Skiing down, the snow was even deeper than I imagined. I could feel my skies sinking as I glided past spectacular views. Snow covered trip tops sparkled in the sunning. It was a real life winter wonderland.

After a full day on the slopes it was time to make our way back down, but not before a quick pit stop for lunch.  We stopped into the Raven Hut Lounge where we were welcomed and warmed by not one but two fireplaces, and ordered a delicious burger with fries which we chowed down. Just a little side not, this is the smaller restaurant so if it is overcrowded try the White Salmon Day Lodge.

With full bellies and warmer fingers and toes we made our way all the way down to the bottom of the slopes.

Mt. Baker was a unique and wonderful skiing experience. It is the perfect spot if you are looking for a quieter slope that revolves around skiing. There are no villages, or shopping. This is purely about enjoying the mountain. You should also check out their website for special events that will make your trip even more memorable.

Happy adventuring my friends,

xo

Mia

**some more snaps of Mt. Baker **

There’s No Place Like Home: Whistler

 My most recent trip to Whistler was pretty magical. It was early in the season, probably the second weekend the slopes were open. The night before we went up there was a huge snow fall. About three feet of fresh snow covered the mountains when we arrived bright and early. We were one of the first in line when the lifts opened.
We made our way over to the far end of Blackcomb and were literally the first run of the day. The sun was shining bright in the sky and felt warm on my face. Blue above and white below as my skies sunk into the fresh powder. I sped down the hill taking in the picturesque views along the way. From white covered trees to hidden creeks it was like I had the entire mountain all to myself. I could smell how fresh the snow was below me, and with the sun beating down it was actually the perfect day.

Where to stay

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While it is pricier to stay in the Village I would highly recommend shelling out the extra dollars for the experience. You are closer to all the Apres parties, shopping, restaurants, and of course, mountains.
I also recommend that if you are a skier you will want ski in ski out access because trust me after a day on the slopes, the last thing you want to do is carry those skis while walking in those snow boots for a long time.

 

Budget Friendly 
Pinnacle Hotel: This beautiful boutique hotel is right in the heart of Whistler’s pedestrian village and is seconds away from the mountains as well as fine dining and a bustling nightlife.
Luxury Stay 
Delta Whistler Village and Suites: I felt like an absolute princess when I had a chance to stay at the Delta Whistler Village and Suites. From the beautiful newly renovated bedrooms to the 2 outdoor hot tubs and relaxing sauna this is the place to feel pampered for your entire stay.
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Relax at the spa
The Scandinavia Spa Whistler is the perfect place to rejuvenate and recover after a hard day on the hills. The spa provides an age-old Finnish tradition of soaking in soothing outdoor baths, transitioning from hot water to cold. The unique spa is located in the forest and has breathtaking scenery. It is secluded and tranquil which offers the perfect relaxing environment.
Après Ski like a pro 
You earned it. That cold beer at the end of a hard day on the hills. Reward yourself like the champ you are and find the best après spot in the village. Toast to a successful day.
Whistler Après Guide 
  • The Longhorn: This is the après of après. Located right at the bottom of Whistler Mountain it is the perfect spot to grab a drink after a long day. The heated patio is the perfect spot to sit and take in the scenery. They also serve delicious nachosThe Longhorn is the most noticeable après mountain establishment in Whistler. Located right between Blackcomb and Whistler Gondolas in the Village looking up
  • Dusty’s: This is the original watering hole in Whistler. Located right at the base of Creekside Gondola, Dusty’s has delicious wings and Caesar to satisfy you after a long day.
  • Whistler Brewing Company: Why not try some delicious crafted and local brews and even take a tour of the brewery while you are out.

Eat world class food

Sushi Village 

Hands down my favourite restaurant in Whistler. It is located right in the heart of Whistler and is famous for its casual yet vibrant atmosphere. Eating here is an experience from start to finish. When we arrived we were asked to take off our shoes and sit on billows at a square table. You cannot go wrong with the sushi and I highly recommend trying some of the sake margaritas. My personal favourite is a mix of the strawberry and lime!

The Mexican Corner 

In the mood for tacos and margaritas? This is your spot. It is a fun latin atmosphere that serves up some spicy authentic Mexican cuisine and some of the best margaritas I have ever tasted.  Choose from originally, strawberry, and mango. Trust me you cannot go wrong.

El Furniture Warehouse

I don’t usually like putting chains on here, but I love the Warehouse. Good food and super affordable it is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. I mean Whistler is expensive, so why not enjoy a full meal for $4.95. Plus there are daily drink specials to complete your dining experience and with a live DJ the party never stops.

 

Whistler in Pictures

 

 

Well there you have it. My guide to everything Whistler. This truly is a spectacular place that you have to see to believe. Whether an avid skier or not, this is a must do.

Happy traveling my friends,

xo

Mia