Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Whistler/Blackcomb BC and Mt Baker WA. 12/21/12

Merry Christmas from the Great White Pacific Northwest! Ruth and I are just back from Canada (where all the cold air comes from) and northern Washington. My parents live in Bellingham WA, about 40 minutes from the Canada border and an hour and fifteen minutes from Mt Baker ski area. We had a good time visiting them before we spent a day boarding knee deep powder in the trees on Blackcomb at Whistler. This place is a huge operation, two big mountains and a nice village that was basically rebuilt for the Olympics a couple years ago. The mountain had been getting pasted with inches of snow daily for the past week. This is why people go to Whistler. Powder.
We had a fantastic day at Baker, which had received 18" of pow overnight. I spent the morning cutting up knee deep, untracked fluff. Baker shows up in pretty much every ski and boarding magazine. This relatively small operation is a locals' mountain. We've been there so many times that we actually recognize some of the other skiers that we've seen there over the years. I took quite a bit of video footage which may make an entertaining clip. Anyway, Mt Baker remains, and will always be, one of our favorite places to ride.

Upper Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler BC.
Blackcomb Mountain.
Lower Blackcomb, from Lot 7. Brrr!
Horseshoe Bay, Sea to Sky Highway, BC.
Powder for breakfast, Mt Baker WA.
The brand new Baker Bus! A serious improvement over the old one.
Mt Baker Highway.
The Nooksak River.
Mt Baker Highway.

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