March 18, 2011 Current Conditions

Winter Returns (Again)

Our off-again, on-again winter returns this weekend, with a huge forecast that should hopefully turn our thoughts back to snow. Sunday night appears to offer the most potential for snowfall, with huge storm totals being predicted from the Eastern Sierra to SoCal… (more...)...

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March 7, 2011 Scouting Telegraph Peak Current Conditions

Scouting Telegraph Peak

Just taking a look at Telegraph Peak’s north face in the San Gabriels this past Saturday. I’ve got an ’04 or ’05 photo showing this same view of Telegraph taken May 15, with huge coverage, which always makes for a good point of comparison. How does this year stack up (more...)...

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February 1, 2011 Current Conditions

In the California Sun…

Back home now from the Ski Channel Film Festival and SIA Denver. I have to say, as much as I enjoyed skiing in Colorado, it sure feels good to get back into some California sunshine. Temps were a very balmy 65 degrees or so when I arrived in Denver last week, shifting abruptly to a (more...)...

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January 18, 2011 Baldy Bowl Avalanche & Level I SoCal Class Current Conditions

Baldy Bowl Avalanche & Level I SoCal Class

One of the interesting things about Baldy Bowl (via the Ski Hut Trail) is that it’s a high use area that isn’t particularly safe. On any given weekend you’ll find a steady stream of hikers and/or climbers going up the bowl (more...)...

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January 11, 2011 An Arizona Sunrise Current Conditions

An Arizona Sunrise

South Face, Agassiz Peak, Flagstaff Arizona (more...)...

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January 3, 2011 Current Conditions

9500 to 1500

Was it really only two weeks ago that I was climbing in heavy rain on the ski hut trail? Snow levels have dropped from an awful 9500′ to near-record 1500′ in Southern California, putting snow where you don’t often see it, and causing travel havoc, including closing the 5 and 15 freeways. It’s enough to (more...)...

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December 24, 2010 A White Christmas Current Conditions

A White Christmas

Clear skies and snowy peaks is the Christmas Day forecast here in the Southland. Expect impressive coverage above 9000 feet or so, and ice forests around the snow line. Here’s a shot of current conditions on West Baldy’s face, rising high above downtown—the classic postcard view from Kenneth Hahn State Park. Merry Christmas everyone! (more...)...

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December 21, 2010 Current Conditions

Ma Nature Goes Insane

LA Times has a story on how Mother Nature has fooled the forecasters this season. It’s a nice rundown on some of the crazy ups and downs of the end of 2010 in SoCal, including a high temperature of 113° on Sept. 27, a heat wave just a week ago, and of course the Mother (more...)...

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December 20, 2010 A Four Hour (Cold) Shower Current Conditions

A Four Hour (Cold) Shower

There are only so many days in a row I can watch heavy rain pound the pavement outside my apartment. But that stubborn snow level refused to come down. Finally, on Sunday, I decided to take the initiative and go find some snow. I drove up to the parking lot at Manker Flat (or, at (more...)...

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December 16, 2010 Current Conditions

Two Front Teeth…

In the What I Want for Christmas department, a little snow would certainly be nice. Here’s one of the forecasts I track: San Jacinto Peak. Okay, before you get too excited, notice how low the snowfall totals are, despite what looks like 5-7 days of precip in a row. This is tracking depressingly close to (more...)...

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