Backcountry Skiing at Baker Lodge - March 17-19

Want to practice skiing steep terrain in deep snow conditions? Join us for a weekend of backcountry practice at our Mt. Baker Lodge!
Placeholder Contact Profile Thomas Jolley
Foothills Ski Committee
March 11, 2017
Backcountry Skiing at Baker Lodge - March 17-19
Photo by Thomas Jolley.

If you're looking to take your backcountry skiing to the next level, we hope you'll join us for an immersive weekend at our Baker Lodge March 17-19. We'll use the Baker Ski area to practice skiing tactics in steep terrain while building confidence to ski the backcountry.

This weekend is designed for skiers with some backcountry/ sidecountry experience or those aspiring to ski out of bounds. We'll meet at Heather Meadows at 9am on Friday, March 17 to kickoff the weekend. You can sign up for all three days, two days, or just a single day. Our progressive practice will be focused on individual need. 

We'll be based out of our Mountaineers Baker Lodge - a unique ski in/ski out home nestled in the northwest cascades. The lodge will be open Friday afternoon, come on up after Friday's work to avoid super early Saturday drive, or ditch work on Friday to join us for all three days. When you stay at the lodge breakfast and dinner are provided, and trust me, the morning view of Mt Shuksan while you’re having breakfast is something special.

If you plan to stay at the lodge, you need to register in advance:

Bring your day pack and Avy equipment, if conditions allow a simple tour out of bounds could be organized. We'll have an option to practice companion rescue skills Saturday afternoon before dinner.



Thomas first started skiing at Ski Acres (now Summit Central) when Dwight Eisenhower was President. Ski debut was with hand down equipment that often now found on museum walls, dad saying “do like me”.  After two runs on the rope tow, Thomas was congratulated with a pat on the rump, ”see you at lunch, good luck”. Further training was by watching others and trying to mimic the ski skills he was able to identify.

Thomas discovered backcountry skiing 12 years ago. He started attending ski camps to improve skiing skills and confidence to get himself home from the backcountry safely. This continuing journey has lead him to become a certified, ski instructor and avalanche awareness instructor.