January 23, 2012 Current Conditions

Avalanche Danger is HIGH

In the context of this winter, I suppose we have to call this good news. Locally, I don’t think enough snow has fallen to open up anything other than (maybe) a few shaded north gullies. In any case, if you do go out to take a look around, approach everything with extreme caution. This is (more...)...

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January 19, 2012 Ambrose at GreenStone Lake Current Conditions

Ambrose at GreenStone Lake

One of the few but significant upsides to our snowless 2012 winter has been perhaps-unprecedented access to the interior Sierra in the dead of winter. Sierra photographer Michael Ambrose recently made good use of Tioga Pass Road with a visit to Greenstone Lake, where he captured this shot of ice and lenticular clouds (more...)...

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January 17, 2012 Current Conditions

2-4″ Possible

It’s something, at least… (more...)...

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January 14, 2012 Current Conditions

TPR Open?

Is Tioga Pass Road really open? Really? I can’t believe it. I can not believe it. January 14, 2012, and SR 120 is showing “NO RESTRICTIONS” through the heart of the central Sierra? As a likely event this is probably right up there with me posting photos of myself skiing down the hill on Federal (more...)...

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January 1, 2012 Current Conditions

A Bony New Year

Well, the good news is I’ve found a place where heavy snow is falling, but the bad news is that it’s Hillroth Mountain in Skyrim. Here in Flagstaff I suppose we should be happy that the Arizona Snowbowl is at least open, but paying full price for a ticket to wreck your skis does make (more...)...

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December 24, 2011 Current Conditions

Baldy Bowl is Bare

Bummer! (more...)...

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November 21, 2011 Current Conditions

The Snow Report

Well that was an unexpected hello from winter! The weekend storm proved to be a potent one, hammering the Southland and dropping impressive November snowfall in the mountains. Mountain High says 5-10″ of new snow, Mt. Baldy says six inches, and Mammoth reports 12″ over the last 24 hours. Note that Mountain High, Snow Summit, (more...)...

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October 4, 2011 Current Conditions

October

In the Palisades… And Mammoth Mountain reports 15″ of new snow on the ground. (more...)...

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June 13, 2011 Current Conditions

Tioga!

Matt at SJ says open to the Pass coming from the east, so Dana and all the nearby goodies are in play… As for how much snow is up there: I was at Mammoth yesterday. It looks like early April in a Huge year. Or maybe that’s an understatement—you walk out of the upper deck (more...)...

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June 2, 2011 Current Conditions

Say No to Summer

Okay, it’s June 2 and I just bought a new pair of skis…for this season. Crazy. (more...)...

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