Recreational Activities

Snow Sports


Road/Weather Pass Report

Dial 511 or 1-800-695-7623,

Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

(206) 526-6677,

Snow Park Permits Required

Must purchase a permit to park in the “cleared” lots near trail heads. For more information, please visit: $8 day pass /$20 yearly pass ($1 more at vendors). Bellingham: Backcountry Essentials, (360) 543-5678. Fairhaven Bike & Mountain Sports, (360) 733-4433, REI Store, Sehome Village, (360) 647-8955, Sportsman Chalet, (360) 671-1044. Mt. Baker Area: Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop, Glacier, (360) 599-2008. Sedro Woolley Mt. Baker Ranger District Office: 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, (360) 856-5700

Washington State Parks - Winter Recreation Program

For more information please visit:


Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan County

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Provides snowboarders and skiers with a variety of terrain, day lodges, ski lessons and rentals. Mt. Baker has the longest season in the state and the most snow in North America. Average snowfall 647 inches (1,638 cm). Vertical rise 1,500 ft (455 m). Heather Meadows elevation 4,300 ft (1,300m). White Salmon elevation 3,500 ft (1,060m). 2 quad chairs, 6 doubles, 2 rope tows. Runs: 31% Expert, 45% Intermediate, 24% Beginner. For more information, please visit: or call (360) 734-6771 or (360) 671-0211 for the recorded Snow Report.


Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain offers some of the best skiing in Vancouver, and one of Western Canada’s most respected Ski and Snowboard Schools. Day or night, you’ll enjoy great conditions and a wide variety of runs for skiers of all levels. Snowboarders will love the awesome variety of Free riding terrain, along with kicking parks and pipes all over the mountain. With the most expansive terrain and the largest vertical rise on the North Shore of Vancouver, Cypress Mountain is Vancouver's premier winter playground. Whether you ski or snowboard, spectacular views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Georgia Straight and Howe Sound are yours to enjoy on the two mountains at Cypress, Mt. Strachan and Black Mountain. Located at: Cypress Mountain, PO Box 91252, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 3N9. For more information, please call: (604) 926-5612 - Guest Services, Season Passes or (604) 922-0825 - Cross Country, Snowshoeing, and Snowtubing. Snow Phone: (604) 419-7669. Please visit:

Grouse Mountain

At Grouse Mountain, on Vancouver's North Shore, the snow hills are made for thrills. Grouse Mountain offers outdoor adventures for everyone, including helicopter rides with breathtaking views of B.C.'s incredible mountains and valleys. The ultimate challenge awaits skiers and boarders on the Peak, and the snowboard park features a challenging mix of terrain. Grouse Mountain is located only 20 minutes north of downtown Vancouver. Take Hwy 1 to Capilano Road and go north to Grouse Mountain. The public transit system offers regular service to the base of Grouse Mountain every half hour. Catch Bus 232 from Phibbs Exchange or Bus 236 from Lonsdale Quay. Located at: Located at: 6400 Nancy Greene WayNorth Vancouver, BC, V7R 4K9. For more, information, please call: (604) 980-9311 or visit:

Mount Seymour

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, we invite you to join us for a season of fun, excitement and a variety of winter activities! With a reputation for receiving the most reliable and consistent snowfall of the three north shore mountains, Mount Seymour offers a wonderful escape from Vancouver's dreary rainy days! Mount Seymour offers so much more than just skiing and snowboarding - we're a complete winter wilderness mountain facility! Directions: From Vancouver head west on Hwy 1, cross the Second Narrows Bridge, take the 3rd exit (# 22) onto Mount Seymour Parkway, and follow the signs to Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Turn left at Mount Seymour Road (at Mohawk Station) and continue 15 minutes up the road. Location: 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1L3. For more information, please call: (604) 986-2261 or visit:

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, BC

Two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, rise up a mile out of the valley (1,609 m/ 5,280 ft) and access over 7,000 acres of prime mountain terrain - including 12 alpine bowls, three glaciers and more than 200 marked trails. Thirty three state-of the-art lifts deliver an hourly lift capacity of 59,000 skiers to a skiable terrain covering 2,863 hectares (7,071 acres) - highest lift accessed elevation 2,284 m (7,494 ft). Whistler Blackcomb is located 100 miles (160 km) north of Vancouver - approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours driving time. From Vancouver, follow Highway 1 west towards Horseshoe Bay, and take the Squamish/Whistler exit onto Hwy 99 North, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway. Hwy 99 North will take you through Squamish and on to Whistler. Located at: 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B4. For more information, please call (604) 932-3434 or Toll Free at: 1-800-766 0449. More information also located at:


Washington State Parks

For more information please visit:

Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties

Heather Meadows, Mt. Baker Washington

Heather Meadows has been drawing tourists as one of the most photographed mountain views in the world. Nestled between Mounts Baker and Shuksan, this area has been a “must-see” for tourists since the first lodge was built in 1927. It is located at the end of the 57-mile Mt. Baker Scenic Byway. Watch heather and huckleberry meadows roll on for miles. See the alpine lakes glisten against the ridgelines blanketed in mountain hemlock. The setting may look familiar, as it was used in both Clark Gable’s "Call of the Wild" and Robert DeNiro’s "Deer Hunter." There is a 4 kilometer trail which begins at the Heather Meadows ski area parking lot. Cost is by donation at a self-pay station at the trail head. Rent telemark skis for a more challenging experience on the slopes. For more information, please visit:

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club

The Nooksack Nordic Ski Club was formed in 1992 to foster cross country skiing opportunities in Bellingham, Whatcom County and the state of Washington. We have great meetings with some fun programs. The meetings are usually at ReStore upstairs: Sustainable Living Center classroom, 2309 Meridian, in Bellingham. Our members go on lots of ski trips to our "home" trails we maintain, and to other areas. Come join the fun! Our "home", our Salmon Ridge Ski Trail System, includes all the trails the USFS permits us to use, including Anderson Creek Road, Ridge Road, Hannegan, White Salmon Road as well as the Razohone Road "core" area. We groom and maintain the trails for everyone's skiing pleasure with lots of work from volunteers. For more information, please visit:

Salmon Ridge Cross Country Trail

Managed by the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club- Provides up to 13 miles of trail depending on snow. Trails are groomed on a volunteer basis and are not guaranteed. Trail use is free, but a Sno-Park Permit is required to park at the trail head. The trail is located about 13 miles beyond the town of Glacier on the Mt. Baker Highway, State Route 543(between mileposts 46/47), and is across the road from Silver Fir Campground (Razor Hone Road #3070 and Anderson Road #3071). For other trails and current trail conditions go to their website or call: (360) 371-3554.


Wilderness Nordic Skiing/Snowshoeing

Contact the Mt. Baker Ranger District in Sedro-Woolley for trail information. Use caution and check avalanche conditions at: (360) 856-5700.

Whatcom & Skagit Counties

Anderson Creek

2 miles east of Baker Lake Highway and junction with USFS Road 1106 Sno-Park permits are required for road shoulder parking.

Baker Lake Area USFS Road 12

12 miles north of State Highway 20 on Baker Lake Highway to USFS Road 12; left on USFS Road 12 to the Sno-Park signs 75 spaces available at Sno-Park area 2 miles up USFS Road 12 when snow levels allow.

Canyon Creek

Mt. Baker Ranger District Area. 2 miles east of Glacier off Highway 542

Salmon Ridge

Take I-5 to Bellingham, Exit #255, Mt. Baker Highway SR 542. Travel east 46 miles Groomed 20 spaces (See Cross Country Above)

Shadow of the Sentinels

15 miles north of State Highway 20 via Baker Lake Highway and 9 miles north of Concrete on Highway 20 15 spaces Snow has to be down below 800 feet for this to be usable

Finney Creek

4.5 miles southwest of Skagit County Road. Sno-Park permits are required for road shoulder parking.


Mt. Baker Ranger District Area. 1 mile east of Glacier off Highway 542


Whatcom County

Picture Lake

One popular place to sled is at Picture Lake near the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Sled at your own risk and check ice thickness and condition for safety.


Whatcom County

Fairhaven Bike & Mtn. Sports,

(360) 733-4433

Glacier Ski Shop,

(360) 599-1943

Mt. Baker Ski Area,

(360) 734-6771

Mt. Baker Snow Board Shop,

(360) 599-2008


(360) 647-8955


(360) 733-1080

Back Country Essentials,

(360) 534-5678

Direct: (360) 319-4939
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