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February 1, 2012

A Photo You Don’t Need to See…

A Photo You Don't Need to See...

But, I'll show it anyway: Baldy Bowl, from 10,000 feet, February 1st, 2012. Yes, that's pretty much a snowless mountain in the midst of a snowless season with no snow in sight. As for the Sierra, there are rumors of a long-range weather pattern shift which might bring some moisture, so there's a tiny dose of optimism for you. Flying over central Colorado today, I saw what I would call 'abundant' coverage (in comparison to SoCal, at least), though the hell of it is that it's all undercut by rot. The Dude cannot abide.

  1. Scott says:

    Clearly you’re not a golfer…

  2. Matt says:

    Sigh… I just moved to SoCal in January. I convinced myself to do Baldy Bowl today, with the justification that at least I would start to get back in shape and adapt to the altitude. I did manage to get in a few turns on the hiker’s left… but wow do we need some snow.

  3. Andy says:

    Matt — nice work! I wouldn’t have thought even that much was possible right now in the Bowl…

  4. Dan Conger says:

    This season has been particularly depressing. I haven’t been up once yet. During Christmas with my folks near Mammoth, it was really depressing to see the 11,053′ summit almost completely devoid of snow.

    After recent storms, though, Kirkwood finally has an OK base with nice snow. I think it’s finally time to head up there!

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