August 8, 2018 At Least We Have The Beach California

At Least We Have The Beach

I am sorry—I just can’t bring myself to write about the California wildfires. If you want quality coverage (more...)...

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July 29, 2018 Interlude summer

Interlude

Monsoon moisture flows every summer from Mexico to the American Southwest, driven by (more...)...

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June 12, 2018 Summer Arrives Current Conditions

Summer Arrives

Seeing Mammoth Mountain this early June really hammers home how outstanding the skiing was last season (more...)...

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April 29, 2018 Maybe Skip Onion Valley... Current Conditions

Maybe Skip Onion Valley…

The good news is the road is open all the way to the parking lot at Onion Valley. The bad news is that’s because there’s no snow up there (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 3 Comments
April 17, 2018 Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition Skiing

Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition

You should have seen the look on my wife’s face when I brought out my skis this past weekend. For the record, this was 100% Al’s doing, not mine (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 4 Comments
March 26, 2018 March Miracle for Mammoth Current Conditions

March Miracle for Mammoth

California has indeed gotten its Miracle March—parts of it, anyhow. Mammoth reports reports 17 feet of snow (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 4 Comments
March 14, 2018 SoCal Rain (and Snow?) Current Conditions

SoCal Rain (and Snow?)

This is Bear Mountain’s Bear Peak Cam, as of this morning, March 14, 2018, and (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 9 Comments
February 11, 2018 Gorgonio & San Jacinto Current Conditions

Gorgonio & San Jacinto

Here’s an aerial view of the north aspects of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Jacintos, taken yesterday Feb 11, 2018. Gorgonio, at least (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 5 Comments
January 20, 2018 SoCal Backcountry Report Current Conditions

SoCal Backcountry Report

Well. The cursed pattern persists. This most recent storm seems to be focusing its efforts (more...)...

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January 16, 2018 Snow Valley, Express Edition Current Conditions

Snow Valley, Express Edition

Happy 2018 everyone! While we are once again watching the long range forecasts and hoping for the elusive ‘pattern shift’ (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 2 Comments

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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