August 21, 2021 The Smoke Season Current Conditions

The Smoke Season

In summer we used to worry about thunderstorms and permits. Now we worry about smoke. Climate change is transforming the Sierra (more...)...

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April 18, 2021 Closing Day Current Conditions

Closing Day

Snow Valley spun its lifts for the last time for the 2020-2021 season today (more...)...

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June 15, 2020 Is Throop Still Going? Current Conditions

Is Throop Still Going?

For those of you who built the kicker at the bottom of the last snowfield on Throop Peak and were still hitting it as of yesterday…I salute you. 🙂 (more...)...

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May 17, 2020 Gorgonio Current Conditions


Yes, there is snow on Gorgonio’s north face—but if you want it you’ll have to work for it (more...)...

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April 27, 2020 Baldy Current Conditions

Baldy’s North Face

Here’s Mount Baldy’s north face, as seen from near the summit of Throop Peak (more...)...

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March 28, 2020 Los Angeles With Clean Air Current Conditions

Los Angeles With Clean Air

Thanks to our continued unsettled weather and our unprecedented statewide sequestration, Los Angeles is currently enjoying air quality (more...)...

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February 13, 2020 Sierra Snowpack Update Current Conditions

Sierra Snowpack Update

We were off to such a good start this winter, but the storm spigot closed essentially at the end of December (more...)...

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January 27, 2020 Snow Valley Sunday Current Conditions

Snow Valley Sunday

Sunday at Snow Valley was a handsome day, starting out mostly cloudy and then finishing off with a nice burst of sunshine in the afternoon (more...)...

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December 29, 2019 San Jacinto Grind Current Conditions

San Jacinto Grind

A truism of Southern California is you don’t get good SoCal skiing unless you risk getting bad SoCal skiing (more...)...

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December 25, 2019 Christmas Snow Current Conditions

Christmas Snow

We were just about to head to the car yesterday when they suddenly opened Chair 23 (more...)...

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