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In the morning, stop in Glacier before heading to the mountain. The Wake n’ Bakery, located just behind Milano’s, offers local coffee, chai, and…

In the morning, stop in Glacier before heading to the mountain. The Wake n’ Bakery, located just behind Milano’s, offers local coffee, chai, and homemade scones. Operating under the slogan, “Get Sconed”, Wake n’ Bakery is a quintessential Mt. Baker pit stop.

On big powder days, get to the mountain early, park in the Heather Meadows lot, and hike into Chair Five. A line will accumulate, but it is worth the…

On big powder days, get to the mountain early, park in the Heather Meadows lot, and hike into Chair Five. A line will accumulate, but it is worth the early, cold, and sometimes wet wait to get fresh tracks under the lift. The lines are all direct, with no traversing or hiking off the lift, and there are plenty of steep options with fun features to explore on your way back to the bottom.

One of the newest buildings in Glacier, Chair 9 offers wood-fired pizzas, local beers on tap, and ping-pong. It’s the only bar in town with a…

One of the newest buildings in Glacier, Chair 9 offers wood-fired pizzas, local beers on tap, and ping-pong. It’s the only bar in town with a television, so if you are trying to watch your favorite team, order a pitcher, some pizzas, and don’t forget to check out the local artwork. Often hosting special events, such as music, movie previews, and fundraisers, Chair 9 has become Glacier’s social hot spot.

This legendary Italian restaurant is undoubtedly some of the best food you will find between the Canadian border and Seattle. Owned and family…

This legendary Italian restaurant is undoubtedly some of the best food you will find between the Canadian border and Seattle. Owned and family operated, the DeBari’s are legendary in their own individual ski talent and motivation. Try the salmon affumicato with a glass of red wine and finish with a slice of northwest berry pie a la’ mode.

Located an hour from Mt. Baker in the nearby college town, Bellingham, the Mt. Bakery will inevitably delay your ski day with ridiculously delicious…

Located an hour from Mt. Baker in the nearby college town, Bellingham, the Mt. Bakery will inevitably delay your ski day with ridiculously delicious chocolate croissants and espresso. They open at 7 a.m., so save this stop for a rainy down day—another inevitable experience in this region.

After packing your calories at the Mt. Bakery, cruise up to Glacier for a few rounds of Frisbee golf at the local course. Rain or shine, a few locals…

After packing your calories at the Mt. Bakery, cruise up to Glacier for a few rounds of Frisbee golf at the local course. Rain or shine, a few locals will already be amidst a session. Jump in and enjoy a fairytale, rainforest version of the biggest slacker sport ever invented. The course is located less than half a mile east of Glacier on the left hand side of Highway 542, the road to Mt. Baker.

Undoubtedly, travelers will forget one of the essentials. Base layers, gloves, skins, shovel, or even the unlucky misplaced ski boots---regardless,…

Undoubtedly, travelers will forget one of the essentials. Base layers, gloves, skins, shovel, or even the unlucky misplaced ski boots—regardless, Backcountry Essentials in downtown Bellingham has you covered. A huge supporter of local mountain culture and activity, the city’s only ski shop occasionally hosts photographer slideshows and ski movies. Get your Intuition liners worked on by one of their attractive and competent boot girls and be on your way.

Tanner Hall loved them and so should you. The Chair Seven trees are the fastest, most accessible lines on the mountain. Get on Chair Seven at the…

Tanner Hall loved them and so should you. The Chair Seven trees are the fastest, most accessible lines on the mountain. Get on Chair Seven at the base of Heather Meadows Lodge (the lower parking lot lodge) and at the top go directly skier’s left into the trees. Helpful for those snowy whiteout days you will often find in Washington, the trees drop you off on a cat track that you can easily skate on back to the lift. Quick laps, steep pitches, and a variety of pillows and jumps, these trees are some of the best terrain on the mountain.

Know and love this website: www.nwac.us .The Maritime snowpack allows for a certain amount of backcountry leniency, but being complacent on the wrong…

Know and love this website: www.nwac.us .The Maritime snowpack allows for a certain amount of backcountry leniency, but being complacent on the wrong day could be disastrous. The Northwest Avalanche Center provides day-to-day updates for various regions throughout the Northwest. Find the Mt. Baker region on the forecast map and it will take you directly to that day’s forecast. Also, a detailed weather outlook can be found on the site.