SoCal Mountains Update

Here in the city, rainfall has been off-and-on the past 36 hours, but the local mountains are reporting snow: 6-12 inches at Mountain High, a foot plus at Mount Baldy, and 4-6 inches at Snow Summit (South winds apparently aren't as favorable for the San Bernardino Mountains).

If those numbers sound disappointing, don't forget that we're talking about a foot of new, heavy, wet snow—a perfect base for the ski areas, and quite possibly enough to make ski touring in the San Gabriels feasible in higher locations.

For the big numbers we turn to Mammoth, which reports a stunning 5-7 feet of new snow in two days.

Obviously, there's more news than just happy skiers in the Sierra. The storm knocked out power to a million plus in the state, closed highways, and is even blamed for a few deaths. The much-feared mudslides (on burn ground) have not as yet materialized, and things are expected to gradually dry out as the weekend passes.

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

brian January 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Any guess whether we received enough snow to snowboard Baldy Bowl?

Andy January 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Brian, my guess is there will be enough snow to fill in the bowl above the ski hut after this storm is done. I don't know if there was anything up there before (though the north side looked good), but 2 feet of wet snow goes a long way as a base. Be sure to give things at least 48hrs to settle--and please post beta if you get a chance!