January 23, 2012

Avalanche Danger is HIGH

In the context of this winter, I suppose we have to call this good news. Locally, I don't think enough snow has fallen to open up anything other than (maybe) a few shaded north gullies. In any case, if you do go out to take a look around, approach everything with extreme caution. This is not a normal year...

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. Brent says:

    True and thanks for posting this. I just sent something very similar to my backcountry ski club. Let’s all go ahead and not die this year.

  2. Andy says:

    Absolutely. It’s especially a worry because not only is everything upside down out there, we’re all just crazy-deprived and frothing at the bit to go ski something…

  3. Nathan says:

    So, new transplant from CO and chomping on the bit to get some turns in and start to explore what the sierras have to offer. Thinking about heading out this weekend. Reaching out for some advise on guidebooks and current conditions. Any help would be appreciated….I need knowledge!!

    Thanks in advance!!

  4. Brent says:

    The site you are currently reading is one of the best resources on the web for Eastern Sierra skiing:
    http://www.sierradescents.com/skiing/

    My favorite books are:

    Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra (Dan Mingori and Nate Greenberg)

    50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney (Paul Richins Jr)

    50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney (John Moynier)

    Avalanche info:
    http://esavalanche.org/
    http://www.avalanche.org/

  5. Andy says:

    Dear Nathan, see the ‘finding backcountry partners’ link on my home page — that’s a good place to start. Of the guidebooks Brent mentions, the Richins book is my favorite. Absolutely a must-have.

  6. Andy says:

    More on current conditions (Wasatch): http://vimeo.com/35405938

  7. Scott says:

    Another vote for the Richins book. Even if you don’t ski, it has really pretty pictures, too.

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