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

Revelations

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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December 27, 2008 Skiing

Baden-Powell

What’s this? A ski report on SierraDescents? Stop the Presses! Why, I didn’t even know they did skiing on this site! I thought they just talked about sniffing tea cups and losing money in the stock market…Yes indeed, it’s a real-live December ski report, in which I managed to get myself to the mountains and (more...)...

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