It rarely snows in
Bellingham, but the North Cascades are directly
to the east. There are groomed trails within driving distance and all
sorts of ungroomed snow!
- The Nooksack
Nordic Ski Club
is the local cross-country skiing connection. Their home trails (Salmon
ridge) are 45 miles east of Bellingham (That's no worse than going to
Hatcher Pass from Anchorage. And there have been some years that we
have had to do that!) I do admit that I just bought a new
'performance' fishscale classic skis. I didn't even know they
existed when I was in Alaska.
Cascades National Park (nps site)
- Friends ski here. It's pretty neat! The only problem is that once the
pass closes on the North Cascades Highway, it's a long way around to
get to it.
site with lots of ski areas
- Whistler Olympic Park
- premier cross-country site. I skied there last year.
awesome! And three hours away. Inexpensive
just down the road - what a place for 2-3 days. (check the
- US Forest Service - logging roads
- The Mt.
Baker Ski area is a downhill area 52 miles to the east of
Bellingham. They had 1140 inches of snow in 1999!
Mountain - welcome to the big time! It's not too far, but it
is on the other side Vancouver.
- City is bike-friendly - many streets have bike lanes.
Stores sell excellent lights for night-time riding (be safe!)
Municipal bike trails. You
can park your bike at the airport while off on vacation
- Mountain Biking - The WHIMPS
Mountain Bike Coalition
There are at least two pools in Bellingham, plus a number of fresh-water and salt-water beaches.
YMCA - Whatcom County YMCA has a nice building in downtown Bellingham, complete with pool and 40 foot climbing wall.
Lakes (Whatcom County Parks)
My wife says that the Vancouver beaches
are special because they are warmed by the Japanese Current. In looking
for confirmation, all that I could find was that one of them was
'clothing optional'. (the one by UBC, with no lifeguard...)
One of Bellingham's
trademark spring events is the Ski-to-Sea
A 7-leg relay race from high on Mt. Baker to the shores of
Bellingham Bay (90 miles, 4000 racers). Last year, an Alaskan
Bellingham fronted a Texan team for the first ski leg. Can we
have a pure Alaskan team next year?
warrants a separate page
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