It feels like the SoCal ski season just got a last-minute governor's reprieve. As of Saturday morning, this series of storms has left a reported 36" of new snow at Mt. Baldy Ski resort, 18-24" at Mountain High, and 10" in the Southern Sierra. Be aware that much of this snow fell on bare ground or bare ice, and a lot fell in a short span of time, making backcountry travel potentially hazardous this weekend until the snowpack has had time to settle. If you can't abide resort skiing, choose conservative low-angle terrain and assess conditions constantly.

This snow is going to be with us for a while now, so there's no rush. Be safe!

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents