May 6, 2020 Mount Islip Skiing

Mount Islip

The easy snow along Highway 2’s Waterman Crest is all but gone now, melted out by late April’s furious heat waves (more...)...

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January 11, 2020 The San Francisco Peaks Skiing

The San Francisco Peaks

Truly, Northern Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks are a little slice of backcountry heaven. It’s a small mountain, relatively (more...)...

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June 24, 2019 Return to Dana Skiing

Return to Dana

With Tioga Pass Road now open to the east Yosemite gate (and intermittently all the way through to the Central Valley), this past weekend (more...)...

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March 25, 2019 Mountain High East Skiing

Mountain High East

I knew I loved to ski Mountain High East, but I had forgotten why: MHE offers by far Southern California’s best intermediate/cruiser skiing (more...)...

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March 20, 2019 Waterman Spins its Lifts Skiing

Waterman Spins its Lifts

Here’s one of the Holy Grails of Southern California skiing: I finally got to ski Mount Waterman, which opened this past weekend (more...)...

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February 6, 2019 Southern California Dreaming (Reprise) Skiing

Southern California Dreaming (Reprise)

Motivated by forecasts of ultra-low snow levels and dreams of cold-smoke glory, Trevor and I returned yesterday to the San Jacinto Wilderness (more...)...

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April 17, 2018 Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition Skiing

Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition

You should have seen the look on my wife’s face when I brought out my skis this past weekend. For the record, this was 100% Al’s doing, not mine (more...)...

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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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