Report from Our Man in the Field

Well, it's been raining all day in the Basin, and our dubiously-accurate patio thermometer is now reading a very frosty 37° as of 5:33 p.m. Pacific (official West L.A. temp at Santa Monica Airport is 45°). All this cold rain is translating directly into snow in the High Country. Mount Baldy Ski Area now reports a 2-3' base with chair 1 open all the way down to the parking lot, and snow to the Village. Not bad for one storm!

Now is the time when I'd be planning a quick getaway to the San Gabriels to sample conditions first-hand, but instead I'm going to do my best to behave and stay home. So, if anyone out there wants to send in a report on local ski conditions, feel free to either email or post comments below. Please be sure to stress how poor conditions are, ie, ruined expensive boards on rocks, snow was windcrusted and crappy, got turned back by chain restrictions/mudslides/etc. Enclose photo only if shows self grimacing in disgust.

All right...I'm going to get back to my back exercises. Grrr.

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

skiing the backcountry December 18, 2008 at 9:39 pm

With winter getting such a late start you haven't missed too much yet:)