February 26, 2015

The Kabookie Bids Adieu

The Kabookie Bids Adieu

A sad bit of news I unfortunately have to report following the WWSRA demo at Mammoth Mountain is word the Kabookie will not return for the 2015-2016 season. As the metal-free version of Blizzard’s smash-hit Bonafide, the Kabookie’s niche was always precarious: a little too heavy by modern touring standards, yet also a little too light in the eyes of Alpine skiers (more…)

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February 23, 2015

At The Eleventh Hour, Snow

At The Eleventh Hour, Snow

I was thinking, yesterday, about skinny runs. For those of you who skied in the 70’s or 80’s, I’m sure you remember them, because that’s all there were: narrow, winding runs that ran through trees. We skied a lot closer to trees in those days—and a lot slower. By the wide-open-highway standards of today, many of those old runs would look more like catwalks (more…)

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February 17, 2015

2015 WWSRA Mammoth Mountain

2015 WWSRA Mammoth Mountain

It’s been hard, these past dry years, to think much like a ski buyer, but the makers have continued their work notwithstanding, and, snow or not, they’ve made some fantastic skis. To see what’s coming for 2016, last week I attended the WWSRA (Western Winter Sports Reps Association) demo event at Mammoth Mountain (more…)

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February 11, 2015

Mammoth Found Encased In Ice

Mammoth Found Encased In Ice

Yes, I’d heard Mammoth Mountain saw rain virtually from top to bottom over the past few days, but some things you just have to see with your own eyes to believe. Holy Mr. Freeze, Batman, that’s a lot of ice! Mammoth looks like it’s been speed-glaciated. Great gleaming sheets of ice are everywhere, along with the staccato scrape of screaming ski edges (more…)

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February 11, 2015

Above and Below the Line

Above and Below the Line

Here’s a fairly dramatic look at just how high the snow level was during this last Sierra storm cycle. This looks like the aftermath of some kind of freakish summer snow squall, but no, that’s what we got from the weekend’s “atmospheric river”. Eyeballing the line on this shot of Birch Mountain and the Sierra crest, that’s a snow level right around 9.7K (more…)

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February 9, 2015

Reluctant Post-Storm Discussion

Reluctant Post-Storm Discussion

I guess we have to say something about the storm, though for the past few hours I’ve been wondering if maybe it would be better if we all just pretended it never happened. Hey—how about those northeast blizzards? Makes you want to grab your XC skis and catch a flight to JFK, no? OK, sorry about that: back to the west: (more…)

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February 2, 2015

San G Siren Song of the Day

San G Siren Song of the Day

Yes, there it is, the continuing siren of San Gorgonio Mountain’s north face, as seen yesterday from the View Haus at Snow Summit. Sorry the photo quality is so poor: one of our cost-cutting measures over the summer was to dump the Nikon and the long lens, which leaves me (temporarily, I hope) without a good way to get telephoto shots (more…)

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January 24, 2015

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

January links for your internet amusement…. (more…)

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January 20, 2015

The January Report

The January Report

This is not Year Four: I refuse to call it that. Yes, there are indications Mammoth Pass will see its lowest February water survey reading in history, and yes, Mt. Baldy has already given up the ghost here in SoCal, but I am not yet ready to face reality. We still have a solid thirty days or more to choose to believe a March Miracle is coming (more…)

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January 12, 2015

Kids: The Snowplow Returns

Kids: The Snowplow Returns

As parents we are oh-so-sensitive to regression. We fight tooth and nail for every scrap of developmental progress, be it reading, eating with utensils, escaping diapers, or not drawing on walls, and when those inevitable moments of regression shatter our complacency, our sense of loss and even outrage can be overwhelming. (more…)

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