December 1, 2017 December Current Conditions

December

Happy December to you, Sierra skiers and beyond. Hope you had a short but sweet summer; now is the time for long shadows, piercing afternoon sunshine, breath in the air, and of course snow (more...)...

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September 10, 2017 Mammoth in August Current Conditions

Mammoth in August

We’re a little late with this update here, but I did want to mention that Mammoth Mountain closed August 6 (more...)...

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August 24, 2017 In the Path of Totality Science

In the Path of Totality

I first saw a total eclipse in 1991, in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, and while I remember specific details of the event (more...)...

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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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