This is backcountry skiing and snowboarding you’ve only ever dreamed of. The Mount Baker Backcountry receives the most snow of anywhere in the world. This isn’t hype, this is a hard, documented fact. Fierce Pacific storms collide with the unique topography of the Mount Baker Backcountry, creating a meteorological monster. The resulting snowfalls are immense.
What does all this mean? Well, your chances of having the greatest ski day of your life just got a lot better. Like any guide service, we can’t guarantee incredible snow and fantastic conditions, but with Baker Mountain Guides, the odds are in your favor.
The Twin Sisters are a rugged subrange of jagged peaks to the west of Mount Baker. The terrain is spectacular and uncharacteristic of the Cascades. Steep couloirs and big alpine faces rise high above beautiful bowls and perfect glades. Fierce Pacific storms roll off of the ocean and immediately slam into the Twin Sisters Range, unleashing their wintry fury. Imagine – the Grand Tetons meet the Pacific Northwest.
Best of all, roads into the Twin Sisters Range are gated, and Baker Mountain Guides has the key. Limited access and a snowmobile approach all but ensure that we have the entire Twin Sisters Backcountry to ourselves, all winter long.
Mount Baker was designed with skiers and snowboarders in mind. Rising 7000 feet above the surrounding landscape, Mount Baker offers over a vertical mile of skiing and riding. Massive winter storms bury the mountain each season, transforming the glaciers into smooth, endless runs. Headwalls, icefalls, and crevasses complete an iconic ski and snowboard mountaineering experience.
Baker Mountain Guides operates Mount Baker Ski Descents January through June. During the winter, we access the mountain with snowmobiles and ski powder on cold, clear days. The spring corn season begins in late April and often lasts well into the summer.
Valdez, Alaska is a sleepy fishing village tucked between The Pacific Ocean and the legendary Chugach Mountains. The Richardson Highway cuts through the Chugach and connects Valdez to the outside world via Thompson Pass. From the road, glaciated mountains rise over 5000 feet. Fierce Pacific storms roll over the pass each winter and bury the range under 600 – 900 inches of snow. Welcome to the birthplace of big mountain skiing and riding.
Baker Mountain Guides’ Valdez Ski Mountaineering adventure samples some of the best objectives on the pass. When conditions allow, as they often do, we focus our efforts on steep skiing and riding in big, Alaskan terrain.
Japan is famous for its legendary powder skiing. The polar jet stream descends off Siberia, soaks up moisture from the Sea of Japan, and unloads mass amounts of cold, low-density snow over the island of Hokkaido. Forests of twisted birch trees blanket a volcanic landscape formed by fire and shaped by water. Backcountry skiing and riding in Japan is as unique as Japanese culture.
Baker Mountain Guides Japan Backcountry Skiing program combines world-class powder with local accommodations, Japanese cuisine, and traditional onsen culture. Our focus on backcountry touring allows us to escape the crowds and deliver the ultimate untracked experience.