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

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