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Ten feet of (still) fresh at Baker

A soggy day in the Baker backcountry inspires thoughts of heading south.

Updated: June 15, 2010, 1:52 PM ET
By Blair Habenicht

Overhead snow banks peppered with gravel and dirt lined the sides of Mt. Baker Highway as I drove into the upper parking lot of the ski area. Looking up the Chair 1 cable line, more than enough snow lay under the quiet lift to turn the bullwheels. It's a solid base, and much more than any rider would hope for on opening day, let alone the last week in May.

Blame normally falls on the U.S. Forest Service when the lifts stop, but from what I've gathered -- through years of ...

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