2020-21 SEASON PASSES ON SALE SEPTEMBER 15. See Snow Report For Details



Mt. Baker  Winter Season Jobs
For questions about the application process, contact our our Business Office in Bellingham at 360-734-6771
20-21 Job Listing Chart


Welcome! Like you, especially this year, we are looking forward to the coming winter! We’re glad you found your way to us and are considering working at Baker this season. Our off-season crew has been busy developing all the plans we will need to facilitate fun and successful operations during these COVID times and we are going to need plenty of help this winter in order to implement these plans and adapt as needed in the best possible ways.

In addition to running the ski area in many of the same ways Baker is known for in our unique and challenging mountain environment, we also understand it is also our community and greater global responsibility to facilitate our ski area operations in as healthy and safe manner as possible and within the health parameters expected during these times of COVID-19. This is not just our responsibility in our business operations, but also as individual members of the community we are part of. And this will also be your responsibility too, either as an employee or a visitor here.

When you get a moment, please read over our info for this year’s season passholders and info about general ski area operation plans so you have a sense about what we are anticipating for this winter. If you do end up getting a job here, whether it's for one or a lifetime of winters, for certain your time here will have a lasting impact on your connection with nature, personal growth, and experience in the workplace. This place is rugged, beautiful, challenging, AND one of the snowiest and most remote ski areas in the world. Working in this environment is a unique job experience – to say the least! Mt. Baker Ski Area is 100% off the grid at the end of a two-lane mountain road. We sit at the edge of the wilderness between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, surrounded on all sides by the scenic wild mountains of the North Cascades. We have 8 chairlifts, 2 free handle tows, 2 base areas and 3 lodges.

Here at Baker, we are not controlled by equity firms, off-shore banks or a big conglomerate. In fact, we are one of a handful of independently operated and originally owned ski areas still left in the United States. Our President, Duncan Howat, has been here 52...yes, count ‘em...52 years. In our upper leadership, I have literally spent a lifetime here, Mike and Sam aren’t far behind with the years they have spent in these mountains and many of our core Baker crew working here now have literally built this ski area with our own hands, hearts and ideas. We are proud of our contributions to our local, as well as the ski and snowboard, communities. We are Mt. Baker and we are here to ski and snowboard. Enjoying Nature remains the reason we are here, and we will continue to adapt to the weather, the mountains as well as COVID.

That said, working in the mountains is not always easy. You will have your share of dark early mornings in sideways snowstorms, soggy gloves and challenging days. But these challenges are also part of the great opportunity to be part of the very special business that is recreation; re-creation. Where our jobs are to help each other and our customers rejuvenate, have fun, enjoy the natural world, spend time with friends and family, shred pow (or at least try to) and continue to make Mt. Baker a good place to be.

We know the job application process can be tedious and dry, but if you believe you could make a good and positive contribution to helping make this place run this winter, go ahead and drop in because we look forward to learning more about you and your reasons for wanting to work with us. If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact Britta at our Business Office in Bellingham and she can help you out; hr@mtbaker.us or 360-734-6771. Duncan, Mike, Sam and I wish you well in the hiring process and we hope to see you on the mountain.

Gwyn Howat
Chief Executive Officer
Mt. Baker Ski Area, Inc.

Duncan, Gwyn, Mike & Sam


Start Date & Winter Season
If hired, orientation and training for 2020-21 season occurs in Late October or November (TBD) with normal scheduled work beginning whenever the ski area opens.
Mt. Baker Ski Area opens as soon as we have enough natural snowfall to operate. This typically happens in mid to late November and our last scheduled day of the season is at the end of April.
During the ski and snowboarding season Mt. Baker’s business depends on employees being able to work on scheduled days which will include key weekends and holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Winter Break, New Year’s Day, Presidents Day, Legendary Banked Slalom Weekend, Easter Weekend, Spring Break, etc. While special circumstances may be accommodated on a case by case basis, know that unavailability at these key times may affect your job status in a given department.
Jobs are typically grouped into two types of schedules;
1. Jobs that are typically between 2 and 4 days a week with between 4 and 20 hours per week (Seasonal Part-Time)
2. Jobs that are typically between 3 and 5 or more days a week with between 15 and 56 hours per week (Seasonal Variable Hour)
These estimated hours will vary by department, review job descriptions for more information.



Jobs at Mt. Baker Ski Area have a base and starting wage rate of $13.50 unless otherwise noted. Increases for experience, merit, and tenure possible.

Transportation & Limited Employee Shuttles

*For the 20-21 season, employee shuttle availability will be subject to possible COVID-19 restrictions*

If your housing is off the mountain, it is key you have reliable transportation and/or utilize our free employee shuttles. Free employee shuttles transport employees who are scheduled to work that day from designated locations in Bellingham, Maple Falls and Glacier to and from Mt. Baker Ski Area; with the exception employees who are required to work before shuttles arrive - these employees will need to provide their own transportation to the ski area.

Limited Employee Housing

*For the 20-21 season, employee housing availability will be subject to possible COVID-19 restrictions*

A limited number of room & board dormitory style housing accommodations are available for qualified and authorized employees. The supervisor of the department in which you apply will need to recommend you to our Housing Coordinator for an application, as you will need to apply separately for housing. If your ability to work here is dependent on receiving employee housing, please note this on your application to begin the process of approval. Fees for room & board, including dinner, are TBD.

Seasonal job benefits and info subject to change and subject to terms & conditions.


This is an overview of employee benefits and general benefit eligibility requirements for employees of Mt. Baker Ski Area. If you have questions or would like more detailed information please contact hr@mtbaker.us or360-734-6771.

  • Off-Duty Skiing & Riding Privileges
  • Limited Free Employee Shuttle *Subject to potential restrictions because of COVID-19
  • Free Breakfast and Sack Lunch On The Days You Work
  • Ski or Ride At Other Ski Areas *Subject to potential restrictions because of COVID-19
  • Limited Employee Housing *Subject to potential restrictions because of COVID-19
  • Discounts on Lift Tickets, Food In Day Lodges, Retail, Rentals & Repairs, and Instruction. *Subject to potential restrictions because of COVID-19

Potential Long-Term Benefits

This is an overview of employee benefits which can be earned through length of employment, number of hours paid, or at the discretion of management.

  • Insurance Benefits
  • 401K
  • Paid Time Away from Work (PTO, Comp, EML) / Overtime after 40

For the complete eligibility policies and more detailed information regarding any of the above benefits, please contact hr@mtbaker.us or 360-734-6771