Of all the ski and snowboard resorts on the west coast, Mt. Baker in Washington probably has the best reputation. Mt.Baker is very well known not only for its groomed trails, but also for its back country opportunities for those interested in cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
If you've been itching to try out cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, Mt. Baker is really the place to give it a go. The views are amazing from the top of the mountain and the area is secluded and quiet so you're guaranteed to have a great time. At Mt. Baker you'll have all of 119 miles at your disposal for background discovery and freedom. If you're new to Mt. Baker and cross-country skiing, it is recommended that you take serious care in planning out your route so that you don't get lost on the mountain. Talk to guides at Mt Baker ski resort before you head out into the wilderness. You can also check out the U.S. Forest Service at Mt. Baker's website.
If you are planning to try cross-country skiing, it is important to take a backpack with supplies with you. Because you are venturing out into the wilderness, you never know what you'll need. Besides, while it may be extremely cold out, you'll warm up quickly when cross-country skiing and may need to shed some layers...and this goes for downhill skiing too! Always take extra clothes, because you can always shed what you don't need later. Try out this comfortable backpack if you haven't got one yet, to store all of the items you may need.
There are several cross-country loops that are highly recommended by the U.S. Forest Service. If you're interested in following suggested loops, look at the U.S. Forest Service's website and plan your runs. You can also opt to snowshoe if you're not quite comfortable on skis. Snowshoeing can be done in the same areas as cross-country skiing and is a very great experience. Snowshoeing is one of the best workout and calorie-burners around since it's very difficult and requires a high level of exertion. No matter which activity you choose, Mt. Baker is the prefect ski resort.