December 7, 2009

December Snow

Raindrops on concrete here in the basin today. A very cold storm is working its way in, with snow levels currently down around 4000 feet in the local mountains. Looks like my $49.00 pseudo-season pass for Mt. Baldy is going to pay off after all! Speaking of passes, Mountain High is offering a $349.00 no-restriction season pass, but that deal may be ending today. Tempting—I like Mt. High East's beginner chair (not always running) as one of the best places locally to ski with really little kids.

Mammoth says 6" of new snow, with an expected 20-30" on the way. That should be enough to get the Eastern Sierra open for business. Expect a more modest but still impressive 13-17" of snow in the San Gabriel Mountains, with more to come later this week. No advisories yet from the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center. Their website is still showing the November announcement saying they're 'in the process' of hiring a forecaster. Hope they get their act in gear soon...

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow



  1. Chris says:

    Up here in Tahoe (lake elevation 6225′), we got aproximately 30″ last night, another 6″ since I shoveled off the deck this morning, and its still falling!

    ESAC has been trying to hire a forecaster for some time now, but last I heard there still wasn’t anyone qualified to fill the job.

  2. Scott says:

    I seem to remember getting a lot of snow this time last year as well and it all melting before the new year. Then we got even more storms in late January and it was amazing. I won’t be back in SoCal until after the new year, so here’s hoping that El Nino kicks in and gives us a huge snowpack in the SGs in Jan and Feb!

  3. Dan Conger says:

    Amazing, the difference in snow levels between bay area and SoCal. We had snow down to about 800 feet here in the SF bay area. Kirwood picked up 36″ at the lodge, and almost 4 feet up top. Now, series of 3 more storms is lined up and due to pound us until Sunday. I may have to take a mental health day and head to Kirkwood next week! Mammoth should be fantastic Christmas week if this keeps up.

  4. Dan Conger says:

    The difference in snow levels between the bay area and SoCal is amazing. We had snow down below 1,000 feet here. Kirkwood picked up 36″ at the lodge and almost 4 feet on the summit. 3 more storms are lined up off shore and due to pound us through Sunday. I think I may have to take a mental health day and head to Kirkwood next week. Mammoth should be fantastic during Christmas week if this keeps up!

  5. Dan Conger says:

    Oops … duplicate comment.

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