January 17, 2020 Backcountry Photography Rule #1 Video

Backcountry Photography Rule #1

Oh this was a tough day, and I came within a whisker of just burying the footage and trying to forget about it entirely. Here is how bad this day was (more...)...

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January 16, 2020 Vail, All These Years Later Colorado

Vail, All These Years Later

Originally an unnamed Colorado sheep hill near the training grounds for the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, Vail was born in winter 1957 (more...)...

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January 11, 2020 The San Francisco Peaks Skiing

The San Francisco Peaks

Truly, Northern Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks are a little slice of backcountry heaven. It’s a small mountain, relatively (more...)...

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December 29, 2019 San Jacinto Grind Current Conditions

San Jacinto Grind

A truism of Southern California is you don’t get good SoCal skiing unless you risk getting bad SoCal skiing (more...)...

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December 25, 2019 Christmas Snow Current Conditions

Christmas Snow

We were just about to head to the car yesterday when they suddenly opened Chair 23 (more...)...

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November 30, 2019 November Snow Current Conditions

November Snow

I tried I tried I tried to get some classic L.A. skyline-and-snow shots, but the clouds have just not been cooperating (more...)...

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November 26, 2019 November Current Conditions

November

These high-resolution GOES-17 images are stunning. Here’s your surprise Thanksgiving bomb cyclone (more...)...

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November 15, 2019 My Dreams of Vail Colorado

My Dreams of Vail

I have a number of recurring skiing dreams, all of which start happening around this time of year. The best involves me skiing (more...)...

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November 12, 2019 Gregory Targhee 26 Gear

Gregory Targhee 26

Gregory’s Targhee snow packs have been updated for the 2019-2020 season (more...)...

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October 31, 2019 Happy Halloween Current Conditions

Happy Halloween

For Southern California, winds are expected to resolve by Sunday, as a blocking high sets up which should keep us calm (more...)...

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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