April 24, 2017 What Current Conditions

What’s Going On Out There?

Yesterday I and two partners climbed and skied The Thumb from the Birch Creek trailhead, marking my first 7000-vertical-foot Eastern Sierra day (more...)...

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April 15, 2017 The Air Is Alive With Snow Current Conditions

The Air Is Alive With Snow

I ski for many reasons, but for a sunny Southern California resident days like this are a rare treat indeed. Mammoth’s record-setting 2017 winter continued (more...)...

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March 25, 2017 Scarpa F1 Review Gear

Scarpa F1 Review

Maybe Scarpa’s F1 doesn’t quite fit into the “ultralight” Alpine Touring ski boot category, but at just less than five and a half pounds per pair, it’s very, very close (more...)...

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March 20, 2017 Scouting Folly Current Conditions

Scouting Folly

What do you do when the mountain says, ‘I want to hurt you’? That was the question this past weekend, when Al and I scouted Folly Peak, for a planned but aborted ski descent (more...)...

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March 16, 2017 Pieps Micro Review Gear

Pieps Micro Review

With its new Micro avalanche beacon, Pieps has managed an impressive feat: they have added a genuine innovation to what would otherwise seem to be a fully-mature technology space. (more...)...

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March 13, 2017 Go West, Young Man Video

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it (more...)...

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March 11, 2017 Sugarloaf aka The Bump Video

Sugarloaf aka The Bump

I am pleased at long last to announce success in my longtime quest to climb and ski Big Bear’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Sadly and contrary to expectation (more...)...

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March 7, 2017 Baden-Powell - East Face Video

Baden-Powell – East Face

Baden-Powell is one cool mountain. This is easily a premier SoCal backcountry skiing destination, but snow and road issues have kept me away (more...)...

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February 24, 2017 Scouting Sugarloaf Skiing

Scouting Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain is kind of a nondescript bump at the east end of the ridge that connects Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas above Big Bear Lake. I’m tempted to ski it every time I’m in the area (more...)...

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February 19, 2017 Lost in the San Jacintos Video

Lost in the San Jacintos

Ah, that incomparable feeling when you’re deep in the wild and you suddenly realize you have no idea where you are. This happens to me a lot in the San Jacintos (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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