March 31, 2009 Black Iron Bowl - Dihedral Chute Skiing

Black Iron Bowl – Dihedral Chute

The upside of April showers is…fresh tracks on the hike-to terrain. Did the walk up the ridge to the top of Black Iron Bowl’s Dihedral Chute. This is just such a fun, classic line, and getting it with untracked powder was oh-so-nice. What a beautiful day this was! There’s hardly anybody on the mountain right (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 1 Comment
March 30, 2009 Clothing Apparently Not Optional... Current Conditions

Clothing Apparently Not Optional…

Checking in here from Telluride, Colorado. This was totally a last-minute trip, but opportunity came knocking, so I thought I’d shirk my Sierra responsibilities and head east to the Rockies. Funny thing: it just never crossed my mind that I’d see anything other than spring skiing over here. Because I was flying, I stripped out (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 0 Comments
March 28, 2009 Youthful Exuberance Skiing

Youthful Exuberance

Just a heck of a fun day today at the Arizona Snowbowl. Some kind of an informal race going on at the resort, so the place was filled with kids in costumes. That kind of completed the picture: warm Spring skiing, smooth silky corn, lots of good vibes. Perfect. (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 2 Comments
March 28, 2009 Skiing

SoCal Mountains – Aerial Update

Mount San Antonio Mount San Jacinto Hopped a flight to AZ yesterday, en route again to Colorado for a little fun. I got a chance to snap a few photos of the Southern California mountains to check snow conditions. Things look pretty burnt. Baldy Bowl is starting to look bare, even above the Ski Hut, (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 3 Comments
March 26, 2009 News

Shane McConkey Dies in BASE jumping Accident

Various net sources are reporting that Shane McConkey has died in Italy in a basejumping accident. The Tahoe Daily Tribune has one of the more detailed reports available at present. McConkey was nothing less than an artist when it came to skiing and big air. He was a pioneer in the high-stakes game of combining (more...)...

Posted in News | 0 Comments
March 24, 2009 Hasty Search Tips & Technique

Hasty Search

“Hasty Search” was originally the title given to the first location effort in a search and rescue operation. This phase, obviously, takes place after a qualified individual has assessed conditions for existing hazard and the decision has been made to put people into the search area. Hasty search has now been renamed “Immediate Search,” (more...)...

Posted in Tips & Technique | 0 Comments
March 23, 2009 On the Chairlift Current Conditions

On the Chairlift

Went up Sunday to ski in-bounds at Mount Baldy. It was one of those kinds of days that only a mother could love: high wind, no visibility, and cold, damp air that coated everything in ice. As for the skiing, the new snow was scattered in drifts everywhere like washboard ruts, forming a patchy covering (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 0 Comments
March 21, 2009 Film & Television

The Last Battlestar

The greatest high-wire act on television came back to Earth last night—in more ways than one. It’s not entirely fair to say Battlestar Galactica’s legacy will be determined by “Daybreak”, the series finale, but the last episode is the capstone on the series, and it will be remembered as either expanding the show’s breathtaking streak (more...)...

Posted in Film & Television | 0 Comments
March 19, 2009 The Importance of Self Rescue Tips & Technique

The Importance of Self Rescue

One of the most jolting things I learned this past weekend at the Southern California National Ski Patrol’s one-day avalanche rescue course was, paradoxically, the importance of self rescue. By “self rescue” I do not mean cultivating the magical ability to dig oneself out of an avalanche, but rather rescue initiated and completed by members (more...)...

Posted in Tips & Technique | 0 Comments
March 18, 2009 Avalanche Rescue Course - Overview News

Avalanche Rescue Course – Overview

Last Sunday I participated in a one-day avalanche rescue course offered by the Southern California National Ski Patrol. This course was specifically intended for rescue personnel who might be called upon to participate in an actual avalanche incident. Over a hundred people attended, including members of regional agencies like police and fire, and also numerous (more...)...

Posted in News | 1 Comment

→ Read More SierraDescents

Hiking Favorites


Gear Reviews



About SierraDescents

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.

Pray for snow.