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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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 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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November 15, 2016 Mammoth Opens Current Conditions

Mammoth Opens

Conditions out there, I know, are stormy—very, very stormy. We’ll talk about skiing for now (more...)...

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March 29, 2016 Mammoth News Current Conditions

Mammoth News

Back from Spring Break at Mammoth Mountain and trying to catch up on the usual backlog of things I’m supposed to be doing. Let’s start by (more...)...

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March 6, 2016 Information Underload Current Conditions

Information Underload

As we progress through what must our driest wet winter ever (or is it the wettest dry winter?), I have really been struggling to piece together what has happened, will happen, and even is happening out there (more...)...

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December 22, 2015 Back To Snow Current Conditions

Back To Snow

I am pleased to report I got back into ski boots and successfully carved GS turns on the groomers at Snow Summit yesterday (more...)...

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July 16, 2015 Flagstaff Current Conditions

Flagstaff

Back in my other hometown of Flagstaff now for some R&R; maybe some hiking on the agenda, maybe not. Monsoon mostly quiet right now (more...)...

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