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Turns All Year skiing and snowboarding photos from the Mt. Baker backcountry
Mt. Baker Backcountry, Washington
The Mt. Baker lift area is renowned for its heavy snowfall and great snowboarding, but the Mt. Baker backcountry offers the off-piste snowslider far more varied choices in terrain and a vastly extended season. The term Mt. Baker backcountry is usually taken to mean the large area extending from Mt. Shuksan on the east to Mt. Baker on the west, including the connecting ridges of Shuksan Arm and Ptarmigan Ridge in between. Here, the choices of tours and terrain are almost limitless. A long tour, with turns, is to ski southwest from the Mt. Baker lift area along Ptarmigan Ridge to the Coleman Pinnacle, the Sholes Glacier, or even farther to the Rainbow Glacier right at the base of Mt. Baker. When fresh snow limits trips covering long distances, great backcountry skiing and snowboarding can be found on the slopes of Table Mountain, Mt. Herman, and Shuksan Arm. When winter is over and forest roads begin to melt out, the north and south sides of Mt. Baker itself become accessible, opening great backcountry skiing and snowboarding destinations, including the summit of Mt. Baker. On the south side, the Easton Glacier and Squak Glacier offer long backcountry runs, as do Heliotrope Ridge and the Coleman Glacier on the north side. High avalanche potential and active, crevassed glaciers, however, create significant objective hazards throughout the year. The photos in this gallery are from backcountry skiing and snowboarding trips to the Lake Ann - Shuksan Arm, Ptarmigan Ridge, Coleman Glacier, and Mt. Herman - Table Mountain areas of the Mt. Baker backcountry.

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Skinning near Lake Ann, Mt. Baker backcountry
Skinning near Lake Ann,
Mt. Baker backcountry
Tracks near Lake Ann
Tracks near Lake Ann
Skinning up Shuksan Arm
Skinning up Shuksan Arm
Telemark skiing off Shuksan Arm
Telemark skiing
off Shuksan Arm
Skinning up Coleman Glacier, Mt. Baker
Skinning up Coleman
Glacier, Mt. Baker
Summer backcountry skiing on Coleman Glacier
Summer backcountry
skiing on Coleman Glacier
Skiing toward Coleman Glacier crevasses
Skiing toward Coleman
Glacier crevasses
Fresh July snow on Coleman Glacier
Fresh July snow
on Coleman Glacier
275 consecutive months of backcountry skiing
275 months of
backcountry skiing
July snowpack at Austin Pass
July snowpack at Austin Pass
Telemark skiing off Ptarmigan Ridge
Telemark skiing
off Ptarmigan Ridge
Park Glacier on Mt. Baker
Park Glacier on Mt. Baker
Heading for Table Mountain and Mt. Herman
Heading for Table Mountain
and Mt. Herman
Powder telemark skiing, Mt. Herman
Powder telemark
skiing, Mt. Herman
Snowboarding, Mt. Baker backcountry
Snowboarding,
Mt. Baker backcountry
Telemark skiing, Mt. Herman
Telemark skiing, Mt. Herman
Backcountry snowboarding at Mt. Baker
Backcountry snowboarding
at Mt. Baker
Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker ski area
Mt. Shuksan and
Mt. Baker ski area

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