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

December

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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August 24, 2017 In the Path of Totality Science

In the Path of Totality

I first saw a total eclipse in 1991, in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, and while I remember specific details of the event (more...)...

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July 30, 2017 Mammoth in July Uncategorized

Mammoth in July

Fourth of July weekend gave us an inspiring fireworks show off the top of Mammoth Mountain, with the sunset and the Minarettes (more...)...

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June 17, 2017 Mammoth in June Current Conditions

Mammoth in June

There’s no end in sight to this season of spring skiing delight at Mammoth Mountain. June conditions are clearly as good as they’ve been since 2011 (more...)...

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June 8, 2017 Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs Skiing

Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs

After a long break, I made my way back to the Sierra’s Palisades Crest for a climb and ski of Mount Sill. My expectations were modest on this one (more...)...

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