Ya, but exploring with out avy gear is a bit smarter then exploring with avy gear and having no idea how to use it, and more importantly any idea how to avoid using it...
The funny thing about this thread is that it DID rain at Mt. Baker Ski Area today. Sure it snowed at Mt Baker its self, but that ain't where the ski area is.
Seriously though, Mt. Baker, or any area in WA for that matter, really are not good 'destination' ski areas. For the most part there is a significant lack of lodging with in 30 minutes of the areas. If you look hard, you can find good lodging for not much more at Whistler or other 'destination' resort, that will be within 10 min of skiing. (not parking). The other part is that the PNW is very hit or miss, even in the snow heavy months (which February ain't, it is usually our lowest). For example, skiing today, and skiing yesterday were very different. The weather changes quickly here, and often not according to plan. You can start the day at 20 F and sun shine, and by noon be soaking wet at 33 F and pissing rain. You just roll with it. Really, if you want the good snow that we get, you have to hang out here, and be ready to go at a day or less notice when it hits. The forecast for today (11/22) changed 2-3 times a day over the last three days.
Also, there really isn't that much to set our Mts apart when there is no new snow. The parks are all right, but nothing great. They don't compare with Tahoe, Whistler, CO, UT, etc...
I literally laugh every time I see these threads.
"is it a hoax or what?
even if it is, i say they leave you as a mod for real and you conduct a noob genocide"
"this is a sig550, it's designed to destroy anything in it's 400m trajectory; and there are over 500,000 of them kept in swiss homes." - why no one invades Switzerland.