June 8, 2017 Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs Skiing

Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs

After a long break, I made my way back to the Sierra’s Palisades Crest for a climb and ski of Mount Sill. My expectations were modest on this one (more...)...

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May 3, 2017 Mount Russell - Northeast Couloir Skiing

Mount Russell – Northeast Couloir

I haven’t skied anything remotely like this since Mount Muir six years ago. This is normally just a giant cliff face. When we crested Russell-Carillon Col and saw (more...)...

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April 27, 2017 Skiing The Thumb Skiing

Skiing The Thumb

A few quick notes: jeez, the wind was bad on this one, but the trip itself was great. This is a new format designed to better feature my photography. Yes, I know a lot is broken right now (more...)...

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February 24, 2017 Scouting Sugarloaf Skiing

Scouting Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain is kind of a nondescript bump at the east end of the ridge that connects Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas above Big Bear Lake. I’m tempted to ski it every time I’m in the area (more...)...

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February 2, 2017 Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain Skiing

Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain

At 8831′, Mount Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County and, believe it or not, the 11th most prominent peak in California (more...)...

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January 2, 2016 Snowbowl Gets A Lift Skiing

Snowbowl Gets A Lift

A new chairlift, that is. I would tell you its name, but the Snowbowl’s website is currently down, so the new lift will have to remain at least temporarily nameless (more...)...

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October 3, 2014 Fransson Skiing

Fransson

He was one of the titans of modern extreme skiing, with a traditional, mountaineering tilt that connected him directly to the most storied names of the past. On September 29, Andreas Fransson and ski partner J.P. Auclair were killed by an avalanche while ascending Mount San Lorenzo on the Chilean-Argentinian border (more...)...

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May 30, 2014 The Vertigo Machine Skiing

The Vertigo Machine

It is unlike any other chairlift I know of, and it scares the hell out of me every time I ride it. I’m talking of course about Mammoth Mountain’s wonderful Chair 23, that aging triple that gains elevation as quickly as any modern quad thanks to its brain-defying steepness. As the season progresses my own (more...)...

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May 28, 2014 Memorial Day Skiing

Memorial Day

For me, the 2013-2014 winter began and now ends with Mammoth: a Thanksgiving opening and a Memorial Day close. Yes, in terms of snowfall, this year ranks easily among the most dismal in memory, and yes, too, not a single peak in my projects folder saw daylight, but in the absence of backcountry snow, it (more...)...

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December 9, 2013 Reading the SoCal Backcountry Skiing

Reading the SoCal Backcountry

I know what you’re thinking: it’s snowing! How much has it snowed? Has it snowed enough? It is worth it to try hitting the SoCal backcountry? How do you know if it’s deep enough out there? Well, as it turns out, there’s a great and easy way to find out what’s happening in the local (more...)...

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