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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May 3, 2011 Portal Road, Snow, Permits Current Conditions

Portal Road, Snow, Permits

Despite the ease of access, the Whitney Portal region has a less than glowing reputation when it comes to backcountry skiing. Perhaps it’s not so much that there’s something wrong with the area, as that there is almost always better skiing to be found elsewhere. Still, I can report that Whitney Portal Road is now (more...)...

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April 18, 2011 395 Report (South) Current Conditions

395 Report (South)

Scouted Highway 395 between Olancha and Independence this past weekend. As has been the case the past few years, snow coverage varies greatly depending (I assume) on wind effect history. It appears generally true, once again, that high altitude north faces have been blasted clean. This is not universally the case, but given how much (more...)...

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March 21, 2011 Current Conditions

Something

Both Mountain High and Mt. Baldy report 2-3′ of new snow this morning. If you can get to either resort today, I’m guessing you’ll find reason to enjoy yourself. Snow Valley reports 24″ of new snow, but Highway 18 is basically shut down right now, with the dreaded chains-on-all requirement. Mammoth says just under 4′ (more...)...

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March 20, 2011 Nothing??? Current Conditions

Nothing???

With apocalyptic rain blasting the L.A. Basin, Mt. Baldy sounded like a disaster in the making, and the drive up to the San Bernardino Mts. sounded like even less fun, so why not buzz up the Palm Springs Tram and hope for some fresh snow? Snow forecasts for the San Jacintos weren’t in the ridiculous (more...)...

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