January 28, 2019 Bear Mountain Current Conditions

Bear Mountain

Bear is such a quirky resort. Every time I ski here I’m reminded first of all how big the terrain is (more...)...

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January 21, 2019 Waterman Current Conditions


Mount Waterman is not open, but they should be. I’d say they have a solid three feet of extremely dense snow at the ski area’s summit, with decent (more...)...

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January 15, 2019 A SoCal Storm Cycle (Updated) Current Conditions

A SoCal Storm Cycle (Updated)

Happy January everyone we have a bona fide SoCal storm cycle on our hands (more...)...

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December 23, 2018 Early Season Sierra Current Conditions

Early Season Sierra

As Christmas nears, things look thin-ish along the 395 corridor from Lone Pine to Mammoth (more...)...

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December 7, 2018 Kenneth Hahn Current Conditions

Kenneth Hahn

Here’s the iconic Los Angeles-as-ski-town shot we’ve been waiting for, taken this morning from Kenneth Hahn (more...)...

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November 29, 2018 Will There Be Snow, Cont Current Conditions

Will There Be Snow, Cont’d…

I hesitate to call attention to this in case it’s just a figment of my imagination, but there does appear to be a little bit of snow (more...)...

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November 10, 2018 The California Fires Current Conditions

The California Fires

The images defy description. Words flee the body when you stare at a cloud like this (more...)...

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October 31, 2018 Halloween Musings


I know Halloween is a ghosts and goblins holiday, but for me it’s snow time. Even here in the basin leaves are falling, and high country snow is either here or near. For me Halloween marks the start of winter (more...)...

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October 2, 2018 Will There Be Snow? Musings

Will There Be Snow?

Will there be snow? For Southern California skiers it is the eternal question (more...)...

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September 1, 2018 An Arizona Sunset people

An Arizona Sunset

John Sidney McCain, August 29, 1936-August 25, 2018. (more...)...

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