December 29, 2008 News

3rd In-Bounds Avalanche Fatality of Season

According to the Jackson Hole Daily, a skier was killed Saturday, December 27, at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort by an in-bounds avalanche, making this the third in-bounds avalanche fatality of the 08-09 season. Statistically, in-bounds avalanches at ski resorts are extremely rare. Three such incidents at the start of this year’s season can thus (more...)...

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December 15, 2008 News

ESAC Issues First Avalanche Advisory

The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center has issued its first Avalanche Advisory for the 08-09 season. And the verdict is…Insufficient Data. But it’s a start! (Sue says she should have some field observations up later this week) (more...)...

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December 11, 2008 Fantastic!! News


I’ve been contending with back pain for much of 2008, beginning with a severe cold last January that had me coughing and sneezing violently for about two weeks, which seemed to injure my back. Following that, I re-injured my back skiing about two months later. Throughout the year, my ability to rest and heal was (more...)...

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December 11, 2008 News

ESAC Season Kickoff Event

The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center is hosting a showing of “Harmless” on Friday, December 12, at the Grizzly Theater in Mammoth. Tickets are $10.00. More info at the ESAC Website. (more...)...

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December 1, 2008 News

Forget the Dow…

“…Ride the Pow.” So says the Mountain High Ski Area website. It’s a nice catchy slogan, given the current market gyrations (am I rich? am I poor? every minute puts me in a new demographic!! help!!). But wouldn’t this pitch be a little more effective if Mountain High were actually OPEN? Just asking. In related (more...)...

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November 22, 2008 The Market & Me News

The Market & Me

My apologies for the lack of new content this week. I’ve been busy watching my personal fortune evaporate in the stock market. While I would never argue that what has been happening at the NYSE is in any way good, it has been most educational. The financial crisis has motivated me to learn more about (more...)...

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October 31, 2008 REI Snow Camping Clinic News

REI Snow Camping Clinic

REI Santa Monica has a monthly offering of free courses and clinics (and some fee-based programs as well). On 11/12 there’s a free Snow Camping clinic which sounds interesting. I haven’t attended one of these myself, but I’d bet you’d get at least a few useful tidbits of info. (more...)...

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October 29, 2008 News

TGR Film ‘Influence’ — SoCal Dates

What better way is there to remind yourself you’re a year older than to go check out the latest Teton Gravity Research Film? Under the Influence features this season’s crop of attractive young hipsters doing all those crazy things on skis and snowboards you used to imagine you could do—set, of course, to a rousing (more...)...

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October 23, 2008 News

Annual SMS Potluck this Sat

The Ski Mountaineer’s Section of the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter is holding its annual potluck get together this Saturday, October 25th at 5 p.m. If you’ve never heard of the SMS, it was founded way back in 1934(!) — compelling evidence that Los Angeles and the Southern California mountains have a rich tradition of backcountry (more...)...

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October 3, 2008 News

Fossett’s Plane Found

The Los Angeles Times is reporting Steve Fossett’s plane has been found in the mountains near Mammoth Lakes, California (more...)...

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