January 27, 2008 Skiing

Mt. Baldy Ski Area — With Snow

Judging by the massive crowds heading up Mount Baldy Road yesterday, I suppose it’s no secret when it snows that Southern California’s best skiing happens at a quirky little ‘resort’ called the Mount Baldy Ski Area (more...)...

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January 17, 2008 Skiing

Shameless Bay Area Crew Targets Langley

On January 13 at approximately 0800 hours, a renegade band of NorCalers drove to the Tuttle Creek drainage, spent the night, and then proceeded to ascend 14,027′ Mount Langley, in the Southern Sierra, the following morning. These shameless individuals, traveling under aliases (and one using an alias for an alias) climbed and skied Langley’s East (more...)...

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April 30, 2007 Bloody Bike-n-Ski Skiing

Bloody Bike-n-Ski

Despite lean times, I am happy to report I skied a descent this past weekend that’s been near the top of my most-wanted list: Bloody Couloir, in the Mammoth Lakes region of the Sierra. Blood Couloir has something of a reputation as a test piece for the locals—at least according to the guidebooks. In any (more...)...

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April 17, 2007 Skiing

Ski Touring the Sierra’s South Lake Region

This past weekend, I joined a group of SMS Angeles members for a day tour in the South Lake region, off highway 168 west of Bishop. The forecast called for snow, but given a sunny morning and the no-show performance of this year’s storms, we weren’t expecting much in the way of weather. I was (more...)...

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April 12, 2007 Skiing

Mount LeConte – High & Dry

Amazingly enough, I’ve put together an actual backcountry skiing trip report from my latest visit to the Southern Sierra. At 13,930′, Mount LeConte just barely missed being a fourteener. Given the way the year has gone, I didn’t expect to ski anything south of Mammoth, but as I was driving through Lone Pine, I thought (more...)...

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March 20, 2007 Skiing

Skiing Abineau Canyon—Sort of

We’re in Northern Arizona right now, seeking snow and surgery. With regard to the surgery, we got great news. As for the snow… I decided I was going to hike up the San Francisco Peaks and ski whatever snow I could find—link patch to patch, if I had to. Abineau Canyon, on the northeast side (more...)...

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July 10, 2006 Avalanche Gulch Trip Report Skiing

Avalanche Gulch Trip Report

I’ve saved the best for last: a summit ski descent of Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch. Despite the route’s poor reputation (for snow quality and crowds), this trip easily ranks among my most memorable. It was also an unexpected challenge, as the combination of travel, no sleep, and altitude nearly took me out around 10,500′. (more...)...

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May 15, 2006 Skiing Williamson Skiing

Skiing Williamson’s Bairs Creek Cirque

Well, I’ve tried my best to explain what climbing Williamson was like. This was an especially difficult Trip Report to write, because I had so much to say, and because so little of it had anything to do with skiing. Exactly one week later, I’m still having trouble shaking off the effects of the climb. (more...)...

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April 5, 2006 Skiing Stockton Flats Skiing

Skiing Stockton Flats

Stockton Flats is not the benign glade it appears to be on the trail map. I strongly discourage anyone from entering the region unless they’ve studied a topo map, are prepared to travel through cliff-bound terrain, and are properly equipped to get out. We all have to make our own choices when it comes to (more...)...

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March 5, 2006 A Mammoth Blizzard Skiing

A Mammoth Blizzard

Snow, snow, and more snow. It was one of those days at Mammoth where you needed a shovel to dig yourself out. Friday the snow was coming down so hard the air could actually choke you. Saturday the snow and wind stopped for a perfect bluebird day, marred only by the massive SoCal invasion. Okay, (more...)...

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