Trails/Reports

Our ‘home trails’, including Razor Hone and White Salmon, are at the Salmon Ridge SnoPark, about 47 miles up the Mt. Baker Highway from Bellingham.

And please review a few ski trail etiquette tips along with making sure that you have the right permit

*Have you been wondering about the pictures at the top of the web page?

Backcountry @ Mt. Baker – The Ski to Sea race (held in May) has a cross-country leg which is held at the Mt. Baker downhill ski area.  As the mountain closes for downhill skiing in the spring, they groom a cross-country trail for skiers to practice on before the race.  It’s an awesome time to go ski up in the mountains/sunshine with skinny skis. And it’s free. Put it on your calendar! There are also multiple places to ski with back-country skis off to the sides of the ski area.  But be avalanche aware.

Cougar Loop Bridge – Many Bellingham skiers start off skiing the Razor Hone trail.  It’s a relatively flat, out-and-back trail taking you to the banks of the North Fork of the Nooksack River.  As you go out, you will see a branch of the trail angling off uphill to the right, named Cougar Loop.  Looking at the map, you will see that it makes a loop, coming back to the main trail.  The Cougar Loop Bridge is near the top of this loop. The near (first) leg is a significant uphill ski, but quite do-able. The far (East) leg is fairly steep! I will sometimes ski up the far leg and back the near leg.  Often I go up and back on the near leg.  I don’t normally ski down the far leg!)  It’s 2.7 km from the parking lot to the first turn-off, then another 1.7 km to the bridge. (That’s a 5.4 mile round trip from the parking lot – a nice ski!)

Ski Callaghan – When it comes down to it, some of the best skiing for Bellinghamsters is in Canada.  Ski Callaghan is an ‘old-school’ cross-country area next to the Whistler Olympic Park, north of Vancouver.  Watch the weather; when it’s sunny, go for it! They can have excellent snow and exceptional grooming!  (And you can find reasonably priced accommodations in Squamish.

Razor Hone Creek – this picture was taken of the creek from the Cougar Loop Bridge.  A nice destination to aim for.