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The Enforcer

Mt. Baker general manager Duncan Howat wants you to enjoy the überdeep backcountry powder his resort
 is famous for—but only if you do so by his rules.
A skier shreds deep in Mt. Baker's out-of-bounds terrain. Photo: Garrett Grove

The powder arrived late to Mt. Baker Ski Area last season.

Where to Ski Next: Crystal Mountain, Wash.

One of the Northwest’s biggest ski mountains is determined to become a destination resort. Here’s how.

My timing couldn’t be better. Seven feet of light, dry snow fell on Crystal Mountain earlier in the week. The February storm’s ferocity shut down power to the resort, forcing a midweek closure. Which means the powder is still there, untouched and waiting, when I arrive on a cloud-covered Thursday.

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