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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July 10, 2015 Is It Time to Buy El Nino Insurance? Current Conditions

Is It Time to Buy El Nino Insurance?

Well, the El Nino predictions for this coming winter seem to be firming up, just when I was starting to kick my Howard Sheckter addiction (more...)...

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June 13, 2015 Surviving the Gloom Current Conditions

Surviving the Gloom

Among the many challenges residents of Southern California face, perhaps none is so dire as the loss of the very thing that defines our existence. I am speaking, of course, of the sun, and that dreaded time of year known as the June Gloom (more...)...

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May 26, 2015 The Winter Wrap: 2015 Current Conditions

The Winter Wrap: 2015

What happened? I think I can safely speak on behalf of most Californians when I say 2014-2015 was not the winter we were hoping for (more...)...

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May 8, 2015 Say No To Summer Alert! Current Conditions

Say No To Summer Alert!

On the strength of an out-of-nowhere May storm that has dropped 12-18″ of fresh snow and is still going, Mammoth Mountain has cancelled their planned closure this weekend (more...)...

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May 2, 2015 Mammoth in May Current Conditions

Mammoth in May

Here was my thought: what if I could pretend I was skiing in August, instead of May? Today’s conditions would be pretty spectacular, I reasoned, if we were skiing in August (more...)...

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March 9, 2015 Dust to Dust Current Conditions

Dust to Dust

Those of you who made it to the Big Bear area this past weekend found conditions about as good as they’ve been all year, thanks to fresh snow and a furious bout of snowmaking (more...)...

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February 23, 2015 At The Eleventh Hour, Snow Current Conditions

At The Eleventh Hour, Snow

I was thinking, yesterday, about skinny runs. For those of you who skied in the 70’s or 80’s, I’m sure you remember them (more...)...

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February 11, 2015 Mammoth Found Encased In Ice Current Conditions

Mammoth Found Encased In Ice

Yes, I’d heard Mammoth Mountain saw rain virtually from top to bottom over the past few days, but some things you just have to see (more...)...

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February 11, 2015 Above and Below the Line Current Conditions

Above and Below the Line

Here’s a fairly dramatic look at just how high the snow level was during this last Sierra storm cycle (more...)...

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