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March 10, 2014

Gorgonio Is In

San Gorgonio Mountain, North Face, From Snow Summit

Gorgonio Is In

Where did all the snow go from last weekend's massive wet system? San Gorgonio, apparently. If I'd seen this look at the north face a few days ago, I'd have tried to ski it. Instead I took the kids to Snow Summit, and picked up a pass for the rest of this and next season at the (you will feel like) Screaming Deal price. First of all, the snow:

That's a lot of snow! I'm sticking to my guesstimate 10,000' initial snow level for the big storm, and based on this shot, I'm going to say that's a solid 3' of coverage or more above the 10K line. Long dry walk up the South Fork Trail to get there, no doubt, and the north face looks suspiciously shiny, but I'll take it regardless, and it should be around for at least another weekend or two.

Snow Summit: the gamble with the Anytime pass is I'm hoping they make it to at least one April weekend. Based on the coverage at Summit today, I wouldn't bet on it. Super warm temperatures and easily as thin as I've ever seen it this early in March. Call me a very reluctant pass owner. Snow Valley crapped out basically a month ago, leaving me nowhere local to go with my kids.

Baldy Bowl: I got a good look at Baldy's south ridge and Baldy Bowl driving over. I say there is good skiing for the topmost 500 vertical feet on the south ridge/southwest bowl. Baldy Bowl proper looks closed for business. Waiting to hear on Baden-Powell, but I really can't see it given how enticing Gorgonio looks right now. South Fork!

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