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December 18, 2013

Just Add Snow…

Just Add Snow...

Please!!! Was I really driving with the A/C on today, mid-December, at 7000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains? Alas, yes: NOAA gave the high temperature in Running Springs as 67°. At Snow Valley, with not a whisper of wind, it was T-shirt weather on the slopes, and mind-blowingly hot even then.

On the bright side, 8-12" of coverage at Snow Valley was still good skiing. I'm not sure I've ever been on a mountain that can ski so well with so little snow—they must go over those runs with a sifter in summer. A little help might be coming Thursday, though forecast precip is looking modest. Maybe 5" if we're lucky?

As for the SoCal backcountry: Baldy Bowl remains bare, and where you do find snow, such as the upper San Gorgonio area, coverage is likely much too thin to justify any but the most desperate of missions.

  1. Brad Brown says:

    Back from a Snow Summit day trip (first day out, 19 laps before 1pm including lunch). Good coverage on open runs but bowl still begging for another foot to open. Scouting report on SG from top of Summit (good viewing location at 8200′): coverage is encouraging but suspect. See camera link for current view I been waiting for a burnt Andy in December (not August) blog

  2. Dan Conger says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Andy!!!

  3. Andy says:

    Merry Christmas Dan!

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