This story was published in a different form as an assignment for the MatadorU Travel Writing program.
Mount Baker, in the Northern Cascades, is one of the snowiest places in the world. In 1999, Baker’s ski area set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season: 1,140 inches. In early February 2013, my boyfriend Dane and I set out for Mt. Baker with our camper and good friend Chad in tow. The Airstream was loaded with food, beer, and snowboarding gear, fueling our mission of exploration and potentially making this our local mountain. It resulted in my favorite ski experience thus far, and a sense of truly getting to know Mount Baker. <