May 8, 2019 San Gorgonio Reprise Video

San Gorgonio Reprise

After a nine year hiatus, Al and I returned last Sunday to the San Bernardino Mountains’ South Fork drainage, where we found snow, avalanche (more...)...

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April 30, 2019 The Gullies of Baden-Powell Video

The Gullies of Baden-Powell

The snow was not quite was I was hoping for, but Al and I nonetheless kept alive his annual tradition of skiing Baden-Powell (more...)...

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April 14, 2019 Mount Islip Video

Mount Islip

Oh, Caltrans! I am always a bit skeptical as to whether or not the road reports are accurate, but in this case, Caltrans had specifically (more...)...

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April 7, 2019 Our Magnificent Mountain Video

Our Magnificent Mountain

Los Angeles skiers can be forgiven for feeling like exiles—we are surrounded by an endless sea of concrete and steel. (more...)...

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May 19, 2017 Birch Mountain—Still Big Video

Birch Mountain—Still Big

This past weekend Bill, not one but two Prestons, and I headed to Birch Mountain for a climb and ski, and in the early morning hours, somewhere in the first two thousand vertical feet of climbing (more...)...

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March 13, 2017 Go West, Young Man Video

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it (more...)...

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March 11, 2017 Sugarloaf aka The Bump Video

Sugarloaf aka The Bump

I am pleased at long last to announce success in my longtime quest to climb and ski Big Bear’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Sadly and contrary to expectation (more...)...

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March 7, 2017 Baden-Powell - East Face Video

Baden-Powell – East Face

Baden-Powell is one cool mountain. This is easily a premier SoCal backcountry skiing destination, but snow and road issues have kept me away (more...)...

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February 19, 2017 Lost in the San Jacintos Video

Lost in the San Jacintos

Ah, that incomparable feeling when you’re deep in the wild and you suddenly realize you have no idea where you are. This happens to me a lot in the San Jacintos (more...)...

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January 25, 2017 Damn Frickin Video

Damn Frickin’ Lucky To Be Here Day

More than 20 million Southern Californians work and play within an 80 mile radius, and yet I was literally all alone yesterday exploring (more...)...

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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