April 17, 2018 Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition Skiing

Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition

You should have seen the look on my wife’s face when I brought out my skis this past weekend. For the record, this was 100% Al’s doing, not mine (more...)...

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March 26, 2018 March Miracle for Mammoth Current Conditions

March Miracle for Mammoth

California has indeed gotten its Miracle March—parts of it, anyhow. Mammoth reports reports 17 feet of snow (more...)...

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March 14, 2018 SoCal Rain (and Snow?) Current Conditions

SoCal Rain (and Snow?)

This is Bear Mountain’s Bear Peak Cam, as of this morning, March 14, 2018, and (more...)...

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February 11, 2018 Gorgonio & San Jacinto Current Conditions

Gorgonio & San Jacinto

Here’s an aerial view of the north aspects of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Jacintos, taken yesterday Feb 11, 2018. Gorgonio, at least (more...)...

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January 20, 2018 SoCal Backcountry Report Current Conditions

SoCal Backcountry Report

Well. The cursed pattern persists. This most recent storm seems to be focusing its efforts (more...)...

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January 16, 2018 Snow Valley, Express Edition Current Conditions

Snow Valley, Express Edition

Happy 2018 everyone! While we are once again watching the long range forecasts and hoping for the elusive ‘pattern shift’ (more...)...

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December 25, 2017 Merry Christmas 2017 Current Conditions

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year! This winter alas has so far opened as yet another dry one (more...)...

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December 14, 2017 Quick Look: DryGuy Travel Dry Gear

Quick Look: DryGuy Travel Dry

I myself have no need for boot driers, because my feet of course never sweat, but my kids’ boots somehow end up soaked (more...)...

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December 1, 2017 December Current Conditions


Happy December to you, Sierra skiers and beyond. Hope you had a short but sweet summer; now is the time for long shadows, piercing afternoon sunshine, clouds of breath visible in the air, and of course snow (more...)...

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September 10, 2017 Mammoth in August Current Conditions

Mammoth in August

We’re a little late with this update here, but I did want to mention that Mammoth Mountain closed August 6 (more...)...

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