July 30, 2017 Mammoth in July Uncategorized

Mammoth in July

Fourth of July weekend gave us an inspiring fireworks show off the top of Mammoth Mountain, with the sunset and the Minarettes (more...)...

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June 17, 2017 Mammoth in June Current Conditions

Mammoth in June

There’s no end in sight to this season of spring skiing delight at Mammoth Mountain. June conditions are clearly as good as they’ve been since 2011 (more...)...

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June 8, 2017 Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs Skiing

Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs

After a long break, I made my way back to the Sierra’s Palisades Crest for a climb and ski of Mount Sill. My expectations were modest on this one (more...)...

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June 1, 2017 Mammoth In May Current Conditions

Mammoth In May

Mammoth in May is simply untouchable. There is no place on Earth I’d rather be. Give me the free-fall magic of Wipeout/Dropout in sun-kissed spring snow (more...)...

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May 19, 2017 Birch Mountain—Still Big Video

Birch Mountain—Still Big

This past weekend Bill, not one but two Prestons, and I headed to Birch Mountain for a climb and ski, and in the early morning hours, somewhere in the first two thousand vertical feet of climbing (more...)...

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May 3, 2017 Mount Russell - Northeast Couloir Skiing

Mount Russell – Northeast Couloir

I haven’t skied anything remotely like this since Mount Muir six years ago. This is normally just a giant cliff face. When we crested Russell-Carillon Col and saw (more...)...

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May 2, 2017 Mount Carillon — Southeast Face Current Conditions

Mount Carillon — Southeast Face

Mount Carillon’s southeast face was supposed to be just an incidental snowfield en route to California fourteener Mount Russell, but instead it turned out to be 2000+ vertical feet of perhaps the best skiing I’ve ever had (more...)...

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April 27, 2017 Skiing The Thumb Skiing

Skiing The Thumb

A few quick notes: jeez, the wind was bad on this one, but the trip itself was great. This is a new format designed to better feature my photography. Yes, I know a lot is broken right now (more...)...

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April 24, 2017 What Current Conditions

What’s Going On Out There?

Yesterday I and two partners climbed and skied The Thumb from the Birch Creek trailhead, marking my first 7000-vertical-foot Eastern Sierra day (more...)...

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April 15, 2017 The Air Is Alive With Snow Current Conditions

The Air Is Alive With Snow

I ski for many reasons, but for a sunny Southern California resident days like this are a rare treat indeed. Mammoth’s record-setting 2017 winter continued (more...)...

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