The kids and I checked out Mt. Baker ski area yesterday. It was quite a drive, but well worth the effort. I can honestly say that I think this ski area is the best kept secret in Western Washibington and I can't believe that I haven't been there before, oh yeah, the drive.... One ski magazine described this area as the best value for a lift ticket in the country. I haven't skied very many places outside of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Canada, but based on my limited experience, I would have to concur. This has been a poor snow year for the west coast as anyone even remotely following the winter Olympic games already knows. The snow at Mt. Baker was pretty damn good, espeically near the top. The runs were nicely groomed and, for a small area, there were a ton of them. Did I also mention that the food prices were fair, if not downright cheap. I hope that we can make time to visit again before the season is through. If not, we will come back next year.