Top 3 Freeriding Resorts in the Northwest
Givin’s “Thank You Too Mt Baker” originally intended as a submission for the Mt Baker Film Festival
Mt. Baker is a holy grail in snowboard lore. It was one of the first places to embrace (rather than outlaw) snowboarding and many prolific characters have hunkered down here for good reason. Storms dump some of the most snow in North America and the undulating terrain has distinct flow that can go from fun to doom real quick.
Standout Terrain: Hemispheres, The Arm, Grandmas
Don’t Miss: Legendary Banked Slalom, misty pros and legends, Milanos, Wake ‘n Bakery
Average Snowfall: 727 inches
Crystal is predominantly regarded as a ‘skiers mountain’, but that doesn’t mean snowboarding is outlawed. In fact, the line choice between one plank over two leaves many hits and skinny, billygoat chutes untouched. For those that don’t mind meandering, Crystal has an open boundary policy with loads of untapped and expansive terrain.
Standout Terrain: Largest acreage in Washington, Silver Basin, Silver King, Silver Queen, Gun Tower Ridge
Don’t Miss: Early breakfast gondola, skier joeys, Blair Habenicht, The Snorting Elk
Average Snowfall: 486 inches
Sitting deep in the Cascades on the tipping point of west and east lays Stevens Pass. The place is stuffed with wide-open rollers, steep treed terrain, windlips, chutes, cliffs, and a head start into loads of awesome sidecountry. The terrain is broken up by flat sections so hold your speed and bring some clear lenses. They have night riding, too.
Standout Terrain: Big Chief Bowl, Cowboy Mountain, Powerline Booters
Don’t Miss: Night laps, Sultan Bakery, Whistling Post, Sky Deli, Foggy Goggle, Icicle Brewery, South
Average Snowfall: 450 inches