My climbing buddy Dorian and I drove up to the Mt Baker Ski Area this weekend -- about 2.5 hours north of Seattle. We intended to get out into the backcountry to get in some turns on fresh powder, but we deemed the avalanche danger too high to venture out of a controlled area. Instead, we took our backcountry skis up the lifts on Saturday. On Sunday, we did end up using the climbing skins on our skis and took a few turns just out of bounds.
The snow conditions, weather, and scenery were spectacular!