February 9, 2015 Reluctant Post-Storm Discussion Current Conditions

Reluctant Post-Storm Discussion

I guess we have to say something about the storm, though for the past few hours I’ve been wondering if maybe it would be better if we all just pretended it never happened (more...)...

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February 2, 2015 San G Siren Song of the Day Current Conditions

San G Siren Song of the Day

Yes, there it is, the continuing siren of San Gorgonio Mountain’s north face, as seen yesterday from the View Haus at Snow Summit. Sorry the photo quality is so poor: one of our cost-cutting measures over the summer was to sell the Nikon (more...)...

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January 20, 2015 The January Report Current Conditions

The January Report

This is not Year Four: I refuse to call it that. Yes, there are indications Mammoth Pass will see its lowest February water survey reading in history, and yes, Mt. Baldy has already given up the ghost here in SoCal, but I am not yet ready to face reality (more...)...

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January 12, 2015 Kids: The Snowplow Returns Kids

Kids: The Snowplow Returns

As parents we are oh-so-sensitive to regression. We fight tooth and nail for every scrap of developmental progress, be it reading, eating with utensils, escaping diapers, or not drawing on walls, and when those inevitable moments of regression shatter our complacency, our sense of loss and even outrage can be overwhelming. (more...)...

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January 1, 2015 Happy New Year! Current Conditions

Happy New Year!

It was cold! We darted up to the Big Bear Lake area just in time to catch a surprisingly potent overnight storm, plus a very un-SoCalish 10° F day at Snow Summit (more...)...

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December 22, 2014 Mammoth Wind Current Conditions

Mammoth Wind

If the north wind is the scourge of the Sierra (as Mingori and Greenberg write) it is doubly so for isolated, treeless Mammoth Mountain. High winds and holiday crowds made for harsh conditions on the hill Saturday and early Sunday, with Mammoth forced to shutter not just the top but also many of their key (more...)...

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December 11, 2014 It Current Conditions

It’s Coming In Warm…(UPDATED)

Good news, bad news again from the west coast: indications are we’re on the cusp of seeing a major winter storm hit California, perhaps the most significant storm of the past several years. Also good: indications are that we have an authentic storm track pattern setting in, in which a number of storms—not just one (more...)...

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December 7, 2014 Snow, Rain, & Mesh Canopies Current Conditions

Snow, Rain, & Mesh Canopies

The good news is it’s early December and there is skiing in Southern California. The bad news is last week’s heavy rain did exactly what you’d expect to the local resorts’ man-made snow: it hammered it. In the space of a week we’ve gone from pretty good inbounds skiing to disturbingly-familiar, just-barely-hanging-on ribbons of coverage (more...)...

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November 27, 2014 Summit Opens Current Conditions

Summit Opens

Skis touch snow once again and I say AAHHH it feels good. Opening day 2014: once again I am in awe of Snow Summit’s snowmaking capability. We drove past an utterly bare Snow Valley (my 5-year-old called it “dead”) and I began to worry, but Summit with its higher base elevation and its bountiful lake (more...)...

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November 23, 2014 Backcountry Skiing Returns... Books

Backcountry Skiing Returns…

Dan Mingori & Nate Greenberg have just released the 2nd edition of their backcountry skiing guidebook, ‘Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra,’ and it is a substantial update. You can read my review of their original 2008 edition here; the 2014 release happily keeps all the original material (with minor tweaks), and adds coverage of (more...)...

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