I figured I'd throw up a quick TR from out here in Anacortes, Washington (about 2 hours from Baker) where I'm sitting, listening to the winds gusting and attempting to knock one of these huge Pacific North-West pine trees into our house.
We were supposed to fly out on a direct Dulles-Seattle flight on Sunday, December 21st, but the flight was canceled as part of the huge pre-Xmas weather-related mess in the PNW. After much fretting and many phone calls, we got the last seats on a flight from Baltimore to Chicago, then Chicago to Seattle on Tuesday, the 22nd. We flew standby on the ORD-SEA flight, and were the last pair to get a seat, thanks to my wife's frequent flier status. 198 people were on the standby list behind us, and didn't get to go... Suffice to say, I won't be in a hurry to fly United again (the event was horrible mismanaged, and actually NOT weather related).
Anyway, powder cures all wounds, and the North-West, specifically Mount Baker, has LOTS of it right now. Even downtown Seattle and the San Juan islands were covered in two feet of snow when I got in, which is very rare for this part of the state. Mount Baker got an extremely late start to the year, not opening until mid-December, but they're fast making up for it.
I'm having a hard time finding snow totals, but right around Christmas we got 36-40 inches, and the rest of the days are probably averaging 10 inches per day or so. The base jumped from 30-something inches when we arrived, up to the current 87, and everything is light, dry, and fluffy right now (again, a rarity for the PNW).
The only downside would be tough visibility conditions, but we were lucky enough to get a few hours of bluebird skies yesterday, before the latest snowfall started around 3pm. It's been a long time since I've skied in snow this deep, but that's a great problem to have. Santa brought me a new pair of High Society Freerides mounted with Marker Griffons, which I've put three days on and am very pleased with. It's my first twintip, but I had the bindings mounted back, at the freeride line, for all-mountain use.
We've been too busy skiing to take many pics, and I realized I had a dead battery in my DSLR our last trip up the mountain, so this was taken with a compact Canon SD850IS, at the base of the mountain. We're taking today off, but I'll try to get some decent powder shots tomorrow when we resume skiing.
This one is a few days ago (the snow is seriously much deeper now), when I hit a flat runout and my tips dove.
More pics to come later this week.