April 14, 2019 Mount Islip Video

Mount Islip

Oh, Caltrans! I am always a bit skeptical as to whether or not the road reports are accurate, but in this case, Caltrans had specifically (more...)...

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April 7, 2019 Our Magnificent Mountain Video

Our Magnificent Mountain

Los Angeles skiers can be forgiven for feeling like exiles—we are surrounded by an endless sea of concrete and steel. (more...)...

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April 3, 2019 Baldy Bowl Sunday Current Conditions

Baldy Bowl Sunday

Here’s Baldy Bowl Sunday, looking very tasty if a little bit burnt for the last day of March 2019. Temperatures may be warmer (more...)...

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March 25, 2019 Mountain High East Skiing

Mountain High East

I knew I loved to ski Mountain High East, but I had forgotten why: MHE offers by far Southern California’s best intermediate/cruiser skiing (more...)...

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March 20, 2019 Waterman Spins its Lifts Skiing

Waterman Spins its Lifts

Here’s one of the Holy Grails of Southern California skiing: I finally got to ski Mount Waterman, which opened this past weekend (more...)...

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March 18, 2019 Baden Powell From Inspiration Point Current Conditions

Baden Powell From Inspiration Point

Here’s Baden-Powell from Inspiration Point just past Mountain High on California Highway 2. BP’s east face looked terrific yesterday (more...)...

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March 8, 2019 WWSRA 2019 Ski Reviews Gear

WWSRA 2019 Ski Reviews

After a bit of a ski review hiatus I managed to make it to the 2019 WWSRA show at Mammoth Mountain last month (more...)...

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February 22, 2019 LA Basin Snowfall! Current Conditions

LA Basin Snowfall!

Winter storm Quiana has brought snow (more...)...

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February 6, 2019 Southern California Dreaming (Reprise) Skiing

Southern California Dreaming (Reprise)

Motivated by forecasts of ultra-low snow levels and dreams of cold-smoke glory, Trevor and I returned yesterday to the San Jacinto Wilderness (more...)...

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February 2, 2019 What Current Conditions

What’s Going On Out There?

Rain is the big story for Southern California once again as yet another powerful winter storm (more...)...

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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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