November 15, 2019 My Dreams of Vail Colorado

My Dreams of Vail

I have a number of recurring skiing dreams, all of which start happening around this time of year. The best involves me skiing (more...)...

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October 31, 2019 Ducks Musings


This was taken at the Whitney Fish Hatchery. I don’t have anything else to go with it (more...)...

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October 31, 2018 Halloween Musings


I know Halloween is a ghosts and goblins holiday, but for me it’s snow time. Even here in the basin leaves are falling, and high country snow is either here or near. For me Halloween marks the start of winter (more...)...

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October 2, 2018 Will There Be Snow? Musings

Will There Be Snow?

Will there be snow? For Southern California skiers it is the eternal question (more...)...

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October 12, 2016 October Musings


Fall colors arrive and my thoughts turn to winter. For me, October is the most contemplative of months (more...)...

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August 16, 2015 Notes For A Film Musings

Notes For A Film

(characters will interact/argue with narrator) Opening shots of Death Valley. Stark. Bleak. Desolate. SUPER: “If Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what then is Madness? (more...)...

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July 1, 2015 What I Musings

What I’m Doing (And Not Doing)

Here’s sunset on Coronado Island, just off San Diego. Having spent the past weekend wandering about, I have the say the place is very impressive—almost as nice as Santa Monica (more...)...

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June 6, 2015 2005: Origins Musings

2005: Origins

SierraDescents officially started in November 2005 (when the first post appeared), but I tend to think the site began during the 2004-2005 winter (more...)...

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May 17, 2014 The Agonies of Digital Media Musings

The Agonies of Digital Media

For those of you with not a bit of digital data in any form, I envy you. You must be out there, somewhere, perhaps as part of some primitive tribe living deep within an impenetrable jungle, though no doubt even now the barons of our digital age are plotting ways to get you, and your (more...)...

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January 13, 2014 Skiing Musings

Skiing’s Man-Made Future

As I contemplate the reality of what appears to be the worst Sierra winter any of us have ever seen, I find myself thinking about the obvious importance snowmaking is going to have for the survival of many ski areas. We’re back from a week in Flagstaff, skiing the Arizona Snowbowl, which has recently installed (more...)...

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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