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Old Posted Oct 27, 2013, 4:03 AM
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wow, that last picture is truly amazing. i can't seem to get my jaw up from off the floor...
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Wow, that new sunrise shot is crazy! Is that the Burnaby skyline now?

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Wow, that new sunrise shot is crazy! Is that the Burnaby skyline now?
Yep, that is Metrotown, one of Burnaby's several town center skylines. It's located some 100 meters above the sea level and most of Metro Vancouver, which means that the buildigns in there not only have great views, but are also above the fog on those foggy days. Like some of the skyscrapers in Downtown Vancouver (like my building).
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Yes, from the West Hills on a clear day it's visible behind Mt. St. Helens.

IMG_1065 by Derek Abraham, on Flickr



Mount Baker looks fantastic, I haven't been up there yet but I'm hoping to get up there (and Whistler!) for some skiing this season.

Amazing!! Is that a suburb of Seattle?
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Summer has not yet started on Mount Baker. The road up the mountain is still several meters below snow and will perhaps open in couple of weeks. Photos from yesterday and more can be found in here.



Few photos along the Horseshoe Bend Trail on our way to Mount Baker.









Scenery is getting more alpine as we go higher...





This is where the road ends before they manage to open rest of it. Mount Baker received 15 meters (623 inches) on snow this past season.











Panorama on the way back featuring Mount Shuksan.

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Wow, the Pacific Northwest is one of my absolute favorite areas. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!
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Old Posted Oct 2, 2015, 2:21 AM
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For once I had my cell phone at hand when we took off from Vancouver International Airport. Mount Baker looks absolutely stunning from the air. Mount Rainier next to Seattle (some 200 kilometers away) is the hump just below the wing.





Coulds around Cascade Mountains. Scattered glaciers here and there, but no sign of fresh snow justyet.



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Old Posted Jan 14, 2016, 8:53 PM
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I have been to Mount Baker twice during summer, but never in winter. Last Saturday we decided to give the local ski center a try and drove there from Vancouver. As expected, the snow was just heavely and already now crazy deep!

The drive up the mountain is beautiful, even in the first morning light.





Closer we drove, higher the snow banks got. No wonder that the base is currently at respectable 282cm (111 inches)12:36 14.1.2016.





One of the biggest surprises to us was that 6 out of 8 chair lifts at Mount Baker have no safety rail whatsoever! I have never seen such and found it very unpleasant to be sitting there when you suffer from minor vertigo. I just wonder how often people fall off from these lifts and hurt themselves badly. Incredible that such lifts still exist in 2016!





The ski center is actually not on Mount Baker (3,286 meters / 10,781 feet), but on a ridge between Baker and Mount Shuksan (2,783 meters / 9,131 feet). You cannot even see the former, but you can see the latter, which looks epic. The ridge right from the mountain is a backcountry skier's heaven!

Be aware that the ski center is on a north face of the ridge and is in a shadow for the most of the day.







View from the top of the ski center (1,551 meters / 5,089 feet) is gorgeous on a sunny day.



Yeah, there is no lack of snow on Mount Baker. They hold the world record for snow fall at 29 meters (1,140 inches) and even the average annual snow fall is 17 meters (669 inches)!







After a full day of skiing we drove to check out the famous Picture Lake, which was frozen all over.







Back in Sumas the sun was already setting and it felt like spring. All mountains behind the trees is Canada.



Mount Baker definitely makes for an amazing day trip from Vancouver. You just have to leave at 6am and you will be there when the lifts start running at 9am. We will be going back, since the snow on Baker is so heavenly dry and crazy deep.
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Gorgeous! I love those first shots, the colors are striking.
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Old Posted May 12, 2016, 4:15 AM
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Just how crazy it is to look out of your window and see Mount Rainier. No, I don't mean Mount Baker (3,286m / 10,781ft), which is only 100 kilometers away and an ever-present backdrop for Metro Vancouver.



I really mean bloody Mount Rainier which is behind Seattle, some 286 kilometers away (that's 177 miles)!

Mount Rainier is actually so far away that due to Earth's curvature only the very tip of this giant (4,392m / 14,411ft) can be seen this far.

Yeah, I really love our new apartment's crazy view.



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Old Posted Apr 19, 2017, 2:08 AM
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Last weekend was the season end at Mount Baker in Washington state. This winter having been as epic as it has, we couldn't resist driving up there for one more day in deep snow.

It's a funny feeling to start your day down in a valley where leafs are opening and flowers are blossoming, just to be shortly later in full winter setting.











Mount Baker has this winter had an incredible snowfall of almost 21 meters (830 inches). That is more than any other ski resort on the planet! Snow depth at the base was close to 6.5 meters (250 inches) which is insane.









It's quite thrilling to drive up a road that is carved deep in snow.









There was some 5 meters (200 inches) of snow surrounding the parking lot.



Deep snow covers everything, even buildings.





And how was the skiing? Pretty damn amazing!! There was some 15cm (6 inches) of powder overnight which made for fresh tracks all morning.









Really. Deep. Pistes.



There was no seeing of Mount Baker itself, but the 2,783-meter (9,131 feet) tall Mount Shuksan was seen on few occasions. The mountain appeared fairytale-like, shrouded in the clouds.





All in all it was an epic ending to an epic ski season here on West Coast. I manager to double my normal ski days with 16 days in the slopes. The La Nina weather pattern really delivered on the snow this winter and one can just hope for a similar one next year.

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Wow - just amazing. I really need to make the drive up there some day and check it out. Epic snow
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This really made me ponder how incredible nature can be.
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Wow. What a thread! Very cool. Gorgeous pics, and the distant views of Rainier are neat.
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2017, 4:27 AM
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Thanks for the comments, guys! Mount Baker is pretty unique, as the mountain holds the world record for season snow fall with 29 meters (1,140 inches) some 15 years ago. Even their average annual snow fall is ridiculous 17 meters (669 inches)!

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Wow - just amazing. I really need to make the drive up there some day and check it out. Epic snow
This winter saw "once-in-10-years" snow, so you better hurry if you want to see the snow at its height as in my photos. It will take until August for all the snow to melt and sometime in July they will be able to open up the road up to Artist Point which is a very beautiful viewpoint in the first photos on this thread.

Mount Baker ski resort is not very developed and offer enough runs for one day, but the location and the snow is the reason why people travel there, even internationally. It is definitely worth a drive from both Seattle and Vancouver.
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