March 28, 2009 Youthful Exuberance Skiing

Youthful Exuberance

Just a heck of a fun day today at the Arizona Snowbowl. Some kind of an informal race going on at the resort, so the place was filled with kids in costumes. That kind of completed the picture: warm Spring skiing, smooth silky corn, lots of good vibes. Perfect. (more...)...

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March 28, 2009 Skiing

SoCal Mountains – Aerial Update

Mount San Antonio Mount San Jacinto Hopped a flight to AZ yesterday, en route again to Colorado for a little fun. I got a chance to snap a few photos of the Southern California mountains to check snow conditions. Things look pretty burnt. Baldy Bowl is starting to look bare, even above the Ski Hut, (more...)...

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March 14, 2009 Skiing

Mount Baldy – North Face & Dare Chute

Heating Up Dare; Hourglass; Girly Man Summit, looking Northwest A Quick NF Snowpit A Long Way Down Back Atop the Summit Dostie’s Dare—Entrance Skiing the Dare Chute Well this was a fun day! For today’s ski agenda, I thought I’d climb up Mount Baldy, give the north face a look-see, ski a piece of it (more...)...

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March 2, 2009 Memory Lane: Arizona Snow Bowl Skiing

Memory Lane: Arizona Snow Bowl

Well we’re working our way back home now, with a stopoff in Flagstaff for a few days. I’d kind of hoped to do some sort of backcountry tour out here, but a week of record temps has just nuked the snowpack. Plus the forest service has all the key access roads closed, and I’m thinking, (more...)...

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February 27, 2009 Skiing

Gold Hill No. 9

Backcountry Access Hiking the Ridge San Joaquin Couloir Gold 9’s Access Gate Looking Down the Chute Skiing the Upper Chute Lower Gold 10 & Patrol Gold Hill Chutes 6-10 9:44 am atop Telluride, elevation 12,570′. A cold wind blasts across the ridge as my brother and I hop off the Revelation Lift and check the (more...)...

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February 22, 2009 Skiing


Revelation Bowl Telluride GS Boards Today Chair 9 It feels like Europe says my brother. We are traversing into Telluride’s newest terrain addition: Revelation Bowl. And yes, I think to myself, that’s exactly what this is like. With its striking, high altitude bowl, steep, wind-hardened snow, and views of technical terrain in every direction, Revelation (more...)...

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February 15, 2009 Baldy Bowl - Hourglass Chute Skiing

Baldy Bowl – Hourglass Chute

Maybe Yes Maybe No was kind of the theme today. I was looking for an excuse to stay home, but with our ever-changing forecast pushing the expected storm one more day yet again, I figured Mount San Antonio’s Baldy Bowl had had time to stabilize, so why not go tromp around in the snow and (more...)...

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February 9, 2009 San Jacinto Peak: East Face Skiing

San Jacinto Peak: East Face

Can this possibly be Southern California backcountry skiing? YES!!! (more...)...

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January 13, 2009 Mount Harwood — Northeast Ridge Skiing

Mount Harwood — Northeast Ridge

My first official trip report of the winter season is a bittersweet one. In fairness it might be best to call this a climbing trip report, rather than skiing—though we did bring skis. I sometimes think Southern California Ski Mountaineering is a sport unto itself. This adventure did nothing to dissuade me of that notion. (more...)...

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January 5, 2009 Skiing

Skiing Baldy Bowl

At Manker Flat Ski Hut Trail Baldy Bowl & Chutes Ontario Peak & LA Basin Climbing Baldy Bowl Mini Slab Descending in Fog Bill Skiing the Bowl The Author 5:30 a.m. I’m up before the alarm clock and out of the house, hitting I-10 east to Mountain Avenue and Mount Baldy, the nearest of the (more...)...

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