March 25, 2015

Marmot Front Range Jacket

Marmot Front Range Jacket

For cold but fair-weather Alpine skiing, I love wearing a windproof fleece jacket. But I’d gotten tired of looking like a fuzzy black puffball in my Patagonia R4. When my old R4’s zipper finally gave up the ghost, I knew it was time to find something new (more…)

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March 22, 2015

Telluride Blues

Telluride Blues

As is my annual custom, last week I traded Southern California for Colorado’s San Juans, spending six days in the town of Telluride. And, as is also now a yearly tradition, complex thoughts swirl in my head as I try to reintegrate back here at home (more…)

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March 9, 2015

Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust

Those of you who made it to the Big Bear area this past weekend found conditions about as good as they’ve been all year, thanks to fresh snow and a furious bout of snowmaking. Curiously, despite 60-ish temperatures at resort-level, the snow (more…)

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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 (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 (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 (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 (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” (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 (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 sell the Nikon (more…)

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