Wow! I though Tahoe had a lot of snow and Squaw had some sick lines, but this place....wow.
Storming all day, and 36 inches since Wednesday skied like 36 inches, everywhere. Visibility was terrible all day, so not much stopping for pictures. This out of bounds cliff line brought the camera out tho....
Glacier, 18 miles down mountain and the closest town (if you can really call it that)/Lodging to Baker, is a sleepy looking town, but the bar is hopping. Chair 9 (hill has Cairs 2-8) is a fun little place.
A few words about Baker......while it may only be 1,500 vertical t is NOT small. More so than any Western resort I've been to, not only can you ski anything you see...but you can actually get to it. It skis bigger than it's statistics. On top of that there is easily accessible side country, notwithstanding the ability to get cliffed out easily.
Soft knee deep powder (closer to blower than Cascade concrete) in the morning gave way to heavy cut up with some warming in the afternoon. Never got above freezing as it was snowing all day, with nice refreshing late afternoon. Cat tracks and groomers, where needed, were soft and velvety early, turning to high water content packed late. While the Canyon and Gunner Zones were closed due to risk of avalanche into the canyon (terrain trap), other than that everything was in play in bounds wall to wall. Ventured one run under the rope into the sidecountry where it was steep and deep. Got myself into a dicey cliff zone on that one, a curving chute lookers right of the huge rock face in my picture. 45+ degrees, ski width wide, for 200 vertical feet. My side slipping skills got a workout there. Incredible conditions. Fortunately the avy forecast is moderate today at and below tree line so we should have some incredible conditions and fun in the backcountry today. Considerable above tree line so it will be very conservative on the open slopes.