April 24, 2017 What Current Conditions

What’s Going On Out There?

Yesterday I and two partners climbed and skied The Thumb from the Birch Creek trailhead, marking my first 7000-vertical-foot Eastern Sierra day (more...)...

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April 15, 2017 The Air Is Alive With Snow Current Conditions

The Air Is Alive With Snow

I ski for many reasons, but for a sunny Southern California resident days like this are a rare treat indeed. Mammoth’s record-setting 2017 winter continued (more...)...

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March 20, 2017 Scouting Folly Current Conditions

Scouting Folly

What do you do when the mountain says, ‘I want to hurt you’? That was the question this past weekend, when Al and I scouted Folly Peak, for a planned but aborted ski descent (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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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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