Winter Sports in North Cascades National Park
Mt. Baker, just off the park's far northwest corner, is one of the Northwest's premier skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing regions—the area set a U.S. record for most snow in a single season during the winter of 1998–99 (1,140 inches). The Mt. Baker Highway (Route 542) cuts through the slopes toward several major ski sites; main access is 17 mi east of the town of Glacier, and the season runs roughly from November to April. Salmon Ridge, 46 mi east of Bellingham at exit 255, has groomed trails and parking.
Stehekin is another base for winter sports. The Stehekin Valley alone has 20 mi of trails; some of the most popular are around Buckner Orchard, Coon Lake, and the Courtney Ranch (Cascade Corrals).
Mt. Baker. Off the park's northwest corner, this is the closest winter-sports area, with facilities for downhill and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and other recreational ventures. The main base is the town of Glacier, 17 miles west of the slopes, where lodging is available. Equipment rental and food service are on-site. Hwy. 542, 52 miles east of Bellingham, Glacier, WA, 98244. 360/734–6771; 360/671–0211 for snow reports. www.mtbaker.us. All-day lift ticket weekdays $50, weekends and holidays $55. Nov.–Apr.
North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin. A well-known winter-sports base, the lodge offers snowshoe rentals and Nordic skiing. 1418 W. Woodin Ave., Stehekin, WA, 98852. 509/682–4494. www.lodgeatstehekin.com.
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