February 28, 2011 Sweet, Sweet Jean Video

Sweet, Sweet Jean

Cold Storm Good. Mmmm… (more...)...

Posted in Video | 3 Comments
February 26, 2011 Nordica Fire Arrow Gear

Nordica Fire Arrow

Pay attention to skis like Nordica’s Fire Arrow. Part of a growing trend in ski manufacturing, they attempt to combine the best of traditional and modern ski designs. If you’ve got roots in the hard snow/carving universe, a ski like this is almost certain to end up in your quiver. The Fire Arrow combines a (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 1 Comment
February 25, 2011 Everest Designs Sherpa Hat Gear

Everest Designs Sherpa Hat

Have you noticed it’s hard to find warm hats nowadays? Used to be you could walk into any ski shop and get a wool ski cap that would get you through pretty much anything. These days I find hat racks dominated by lightweight beanies and the occasional wind-stopper fleece cap. Both are great—they certainly have (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 3 Comments
February 23, 2011 Arizona Snowbowl: Top to Bottom Video

Arizona Snowbowl: Top to Bottom

Continuing my award-winning Top to Bottom video series, here is a POV ski descent of the Arizona Snowbowl via the Spur Catwalk, Lower Bowl, Logjam, Wild Turkey, and Round Up—or, as the locals like to call it, “Bowl”. Chair was running smoothly today, crowds were light, and sun was shining, so all is forgiven. The (more...)...

Posted in Video | 1 Comment
February 23, 2011 Wolfgang Lert Skiing

Wolfgang Lert’s “Mugelhupf”

Wolfgang Lert died in his San Francisco home on Feb 13, 2009 at the age of 91. He was one of the founders of SMS as well as a builder of the San Antonio Ski Hut. In 1936-37 he made a ski movie, “The Original Mugelhupf Movie” filmed on Mt. Baldy. This 23-minute video opens (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 0 Comments
February 21, 2011 TNF Freedom Pant Gear

TNF Freedom Pant

I wouldn’t call North Face’s ski and snowboard-oriented Freedom pant perfect, but it does get a lot right, making it quite appealing for this price point. You’ll have no trouble finding things to like about the Freedom pant, starting with its very economical price tag, and continuing with its vibrant color choices, relaxed fit options, (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 5 Comments
February 20, 2011 The Inbounds Powder Experience Skiing

The Inbounds Powder Experience

About a foot of new snow on the ground here in Flagstaff meant it was a mad-dash morning for a powder day at the Arizona Snowbowl. Those of you who sometimes wonder if you’re crazy for climbing hours up mountains only to ski a few minutes back down, the answer is yes—but maybe only a (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 3 Comments
February 15, 2011 Palmyra Peak Video

Palmyra Peak

You really can’t understand how extraordinary Telluride’s hike-to 13,320′ Palmyra Peak is unless you actually go up the bastard. This is wild country, fully deserving of its EX rating, offering the kind of remote and intimidating skiing you just don’t get within the bounds of (realistically) any other major North American resort. My brother was (more...)...

Posted in Video | 1 Comment
February 11, 2011 Dynastar Course WC Gear

Dynastar Course WC

These skis scared me—and that was long before I even put them on the snow. Take a look at that narrow tip and tail. Pay particular attention to that expansive 23.6-meter turn radius. And how about a crazy-slender 66mm waist underfoot? Indeed, riding Dynastar’s Course World Cup ski, a pure-blooded GS race board, is somewhat (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 4 Comments
February 9, 2011 The Heater is Gray Musings

The Heater is Gray

Over Christmas I bought a space heater for my room at my parents’ house in Flagstaff, which tends to be cold. I liked the heater so much I decided to get another one when I got back to my L.A. apartment, which also tends to be cold. Problem was, the one I got in Flagstaff (more...)...

Posted in Musings | 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.