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Mt Baker Road Trip 2016

One of the big highlights of all 12 week Pro Ride courses is the Mt Baker Resort Road trip.   Why Mt Baker, this little local ski and snowboard resort located in Washington, USA?   It receives a huge annual snowfall and currently holds the world record for the most snowfall in a season of ~30 meters in 1998-99.   The ski area also host to the largest snowboard race in the world with 240 competitors in its annual Legendary Banked Slalom Race.

The trip started at the Pro Ride camp house with a 4am wake up and then we hit the road on track to make the first lift up.  The trip wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop at Tim Hortons for Coffee and donuts to go.  After a stop at the US boarder to make sure everyone’s paper work was in order we made it into the US for the winding Mt Baker Hwy.  As we started to reach the top it was clear we were going to be riding powder for the day, 20cm of it. 

With lift tickets in hand we had a quick lesson how to attach an old school wire lift ticket (not as easy as it sounds for some) and then all waited patiently for Jevon to get his morning coffee fix.  Chair 7 took us up to the top for our first fresh tracks run with everyone feeling a little sketched out that there are no safety bars to stop you falling off. 

Duncan guided the pack of 11 campers with Coach Tim trailing behind, it was a little like racing boarder cross with carnage everywhere.  We lapped chairs 8 and 6 continually getting fresh lines as being a small local mountain the runs take a while to get tracked.  Once we were done on the opens runs it was time to find trees and cliffs to drop for the remainder of the day. 

At 3.30pm after a full days riding, we dragged our tired legs back to the carpark with huge smiles on our faces ready to drive back to Whistler.    A quick stop in Vancouver at Five Guys Burgers for dinner then back on the highway for a good night’s sleep ready to ride powder in Whistler the next day. 

Looking forward to next year’s trip already.