February 24, 2017 Scouting Sugarloaf Skiing

Scouting Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain is kind of a nondescript bump at the east end of the ridge that connects Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas above Big Bear Lake. I’m tempted to ski it every time I’m in the area (more...)...

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February 19, 2017 Lost in the San Jacintos Video

Lost in the San Jacintos

Ah, that incomparable feeling when you’re deep in the wild and you suddenly realize you have no idea where you are. This happens to me a lot in the San Jacintos (more...)...

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February 10, 2017 Snow Valley Musings Current Conditions

Snow Valley Musings

2017. Whatever you were expecting, I doubt this was it. Took the kids to Snow Valley this past weekend. Slide Peak is open, and that does tip (more...)...

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February 2, 2017 Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain Skiing

Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain

At 8831′, Mount Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County and, believe it or not, the 11th most prominent peak in California (more...)...

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January 30, 2017 Snoverload Current Conditions

Snoverload

It is like the Sierra of old: a great gleaming white shield dominating the horizon. Do you have a fantasy line? The Sirens are calling. (more...)...

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January 25, 2017 Damn Frickin Video

Damn Frickin’ Lucky To Be Here Day

More than 20 million Southern Californians work and play within an 80 mile radius, and yet I was literally all alone yesterday exploring (more...)...

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January 23, 2017 Waterman Current Conditions

Waterman

Snow, snow, and more snow. Al and I wound our way up the 2 on Saturday during the mid-storm break to check out Mount Waterman (more...)...

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January 17, 2017 It Current Conditions

It’s a SoCal Winter!

Southern California dead-enders rejoice: 2017 will finally mark the end of the past semi-decade’s accursed endless summer (more...)...

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January 8, 2017 Super Storm Current Conditions

Super Storm

The satellite images are stunning but also sobering. With Mammoth currently reporting a 170″ upper-mountain snowpack, yet another powerful storm is (more...)...

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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.

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