April 23, 2006 Skiing

Cucamonga Wilderness Traverse

It’s that happy but busy time of year now where everything skiable is starting to look good…get it before it’s gone. I’ve finally put together a trip report from my recent tour in the Cucamonga Wilderness, right after an April-Fool’s storm dropped two feet of snow all the way down to 5000′. I decided to (more...)...

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April 18, 2006 Current Conditions

Snowy Thoughts

What good is a record-setting snowpack if you can’t ski it? That’s the question some Sierra skiers may be asking, especially after yesterday’s in-bounds avalanche at Mammoth Mountain. Surveying the Southern Sierra this past weekend, I was stunned by the amount of snow I saw. Skiable lines were appearing in places that are normally bare (more...)...

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April 11, 2006 News

Mammoth Patrol Fundraiser

Mammoth Mountain will contribute 100% of lift ticket sales on Friday, April 14, to help support the families of the three patrollers who died last week. James Juarez, John Scott McAndrews, and Charles Walter Rosenthal (President and a founding member of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center) were killed while trying to fence off a hidden (more...)...

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April 5, 2006 Skiing Stockton Flats Skiing

Skiing Stockton Flats

Stockton Flats is not the benign glade it appears to be on the trail map. I strongly discourage anyone from entering the region unless they’ve studied a topo map, are prepared to travel through cliff-bound terrain, and are properly equipped to get out. We all have to make our own choices when it comes to (more...)...

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April 5, 2006 News

Say It Isn’t So

Multiple sources are confirming that Doug Coombs has been killed while skiing in La Grave, France. Coombs apparently slipped and fell while trying to aid a friend who had just fallen over a cliff. Coombs, 48, was one of the giants of American extreme skiing. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he eschewed the flashier side (more...)...

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April 4, 2006 Health


I’ve been reading a collection of articles on the SunRockIce website. One that caught my eye is called Decision Making for Wilderness Leaders, by Ian McCammon, of the National Outdoor Leadership School. It’s probably no secret that the avalanche education industry has undergone a crisis of confidence in recent years. Disturbing studies suggest not only (more...)...

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