Snowboarding Mt. Baker During a La Nina Winter

Holiday crowds and cold temperatures over the weekend had the Mt. Baker Ski Area doing it’s best Colorado impression. Even the backcountry hike from the top of the resort featured heavy traffic everyone had one thing on their mind pow.

Mt. Baker La Nina Snowboard Photos

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Mt. Baker has a very unique backcountry policy, skiers and snowboarders looking to leave the ski areas boundaries must be wearing an avalanche beacon, backpack equipped with a shovel and probe, and must ride with a partner at all times. The resort is blunt when it comes to safety as stated on the website “Because as a visitor here, you will encounter an ever-changing and at times severe mountain environment. Your safety is NOT guaranteed.”

Morgan Hebert

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Morgan Hebert has been crushing it this season riding at Mt Baker on an almost daily basis. The kid is putting in an hour and half drive each way to get to the hill in his old Subaru wagon. Morgan spends a total of 3 hours in the car each time he goes snowboarding, now that’s what I call commitment.

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

And best of all he seems to beat me and everyone else to the mountain each and every day, always with a front row parking spot.

Morgan rides for Homeschool Snowboarding and odds by the end of this year a bunch of other companies looking for a motivated and talented rider. It’s been a rad season trying to follow Morgan around the mountain and I truly feel my snowboarding has improved because of our daily laps.

The video was shot with a GoPro attached to the end of a ski pole while trying to get some shots for Morgan, the edit is short be the snow was fun.

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker NYE 12-31-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

The snow has once again started to pile up at the Mt Baker Ski Area, resorts across the pacific northwest and all the way up to AK. The rest of the country, however, is hurting for snow especially Lake Tahoe in the midst of the second driest December on record.

With new snow and cold temperatures, I linked up with Alaskan transplant Morgan Hebert for some fun jib laps around the resort. We figured our friends in less snowy places could appreciate the soft snow!! Morgan busted out his Jones Flagship Snowboard and was dominating the mountain, on a board that some have called a “secret weapon”.. Hopefully after SIA we will have a line on testing these incredible shred sticks.

The big lines on the mountain are starting to fill in and should be ready to go by the weekend…

Morgan Hebert - Mt Baker Photo Mike Hardaker | mtnweekly.com

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker | Photo Mike Hardaker

Maria DeBari

Maria DeBari - Mt Baker Photo Mike Hardaker | mtnweekly.com

This will go down as one of the best, no scratch that – the best storm cycles I have ever witnessed since moving to the mountains 13 years ago. Mt. Baker Ski Area has been hammered with 92″ of snow over the last few days with an impressive 8 feet falling since Saturday. The 24-hour snowfall totals are starting to get ridiculous, the last 5 days read as follows 15″, 19″, 19″, 14″, 19″ – anyone that has ever enjoyed a powder day can surely appreciate snowfall totals like these.

Forrest Burki

One of the great things about riding the Mt Baker Ski Area is an abundance of snow and lack of crowds and cool guy vibes. This is a welcome relief to the shit show the ski and snowboard industry and most resorts have become. Kudos to Mt Baker, and for WA locals like Burki, Temple, Blair, Lucas and so on.

And it’s not just the last week that’s been going off, Baker has been firing all season. As of March 13th the ski area has received 654 inches of snow. Combined with cold temperatures thanks to a La Nina winter.

March has been fun, with 137″ of snow and counting. The level of stoke at the resort is unparalleled to anywhere else in the country. Were swimming in snow while places like Colorado, Utah, and California are wondering when and if this winter will ever start.

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, with all the snow comes unique problems. Today the road to the ski area closed around 8 am as trees were according to the WA Department of Transportation “Trees are buckling under the weight heavy snow and falling across Mt Baker Hwy. The road will remain closed through the night. Crews will reassess the tree and snow conditions in the morning. ” hopefully we can get up to ride tomorrow.

GLACIER, WA – Mt Baker powder days seem to never stop! The ski area currently has a 200″ base and conditions are simply epic. The best part is Mt. Baker Ski Area now has more snow than Jackson Hole, Squaw and Snowbird combined!!

Moving our main product testing facility to the northwest for the season turned out to be a wise investment as the snow is deep, wet and will not only test your riding abilities but will show you what gear really works in the worst or as some may say best of conditions.

Today I wanted to take it old school and jumped on the board of my late friend and up and coming pro snowboarder Josh Malay. Ripping around the mountain on a cambered snowboard was thrilling, some people love reverse camber but I have been having tough time with my heel side turns, there are you happy I admitted it!!

Josh Malay's Santa Cruz Board Loving Mt Baker POW!! Photo Mike Hardaker

Luckily I picked up one of Josh’s board at a fund raiser and took it out in his honor for some deep pow laps. I got barreled for A-Rob too.. I felt one with the snow and really was stoked to be rocking camber again. Ain’t nothing wrong with that..

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Morgan Hebert

Flat light conditions not a problem with the Aibrakes Mike Hardaker Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Morgan Hebert

Flat light conditions not a problem with the Aibrakes Mike Hardaker Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Morgan Hebert

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Morgan Hebert

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Morgan Hebert

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Mike Hardaker

Morgan Hebert Mt Baker 2-1-11 Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

260″ of Snow in March at Mt. Baker

MAPLE FALLS, WA – Hands down this is the best snowboard season of my life, and it’s still going!! The Mt. Baker Ski Area was absolutely annihilated with snow during the month of March, as 260″ of the white gold fell from the sky. To put this in comparison the resorts I used to ride in Colorado averaged about 300-350″ inches of snow each season.

On Friday I had the pleasure of riding with Fritz Sperry the author and photographer behind the popular mountain adventure website, Makingturns.com. Fritz had been road tripping chasing pow and made a stop at Mt. Baker over the weekend and was looking for a riding partner. Since my crew was up in Alaska and the rest were starting to get burnt out on all the snow I was excited to have a new person to attack the mountain with.

Fritz was product testing some sweet looking Ski Logik skis and really enjoying all the NW pow. I was impressed that he was able to ski hard in the deep snow after spending a long winter in Colorado riding on boilerplate snow.

Halfway through the morning Fritz graciously offered to take some pictures of me riding for his website and I happily obligated. Normally I the one chasing down riders trying to get photos, I can’t even begin to say how much fun it was knowing someone was willing to take pictures of me riding and better yet capable of getting the shots. Needless to say, I was trying my hardest to huck off anything in my path and slash powder until my legs could go no further.

Big thanks to Fritz for taking the time to capture one of the more memorable days on the mountain this season.

Mike Hardaker

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker sending it at Mt Baker – Photos Fritz Sperry

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry

Fritz Sperry

Mike Hardaker Mt Baker Photo Fritz Sperry - makinturns.com

Fritz Sperry Mt Baker Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Got this message recently from a dear friend “Life is good… but looks better where you are! I get snow reports every day on my I-phone. It’s Still Snowing I’m sick of Baker always getting 22″ of snow or more each day….”

People here in the Pacific Northwest are stoked on this winter, everywhere else not so much! With it sill snowing Kemeth and I went back for another round of pow surfing and face shots.

Char even got in on the action.

There are even some great hiking trails in Washington for when the snow melts.  If you like to hike in the rain this is the place.  We put together a list of the best hikes in the NW.

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