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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October 31, 2019 Ducks Musings


This was taken at the Whitney Fish Hatchery. I don’t have anything else to go with it (more...)...

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June 24, 2019 Return to Dana Skiing

Return to Dana

With Tioga Pass Road now open to the east Yosemite gate (and intermittently all the way through to the Central Valley), this past weekend (more...)...

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May 28, 2019 Winter Up High, Summer Down Low Current Conditions

Winter Up High, Summer Down Low

This was by far the snowiest Memorial Day weekend I’ve ever skied at Mammoth Mountain (more...)...

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May 8, 2019 San Gorgonio Reprise Video

San Gorgonio Reprise

After a nine year hiatus, Al and I returned last Sunday to the San Bernardino Mountains’ South Fork drainage, where we found snow, avalanche (more...)...

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April 30, 2019 The Gullies of Baden-Powell Video

The Gullies of Baden-Powell

The snow was not quite was I was hoping for, but Al and I nonetheless kept alive his annual tradition of skiing Baden-Powell (more...)...

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April 14, 2019 Mount Islip Video

Mount Islip

Oh, Caltrans! I am always a bit skeptical as to whether or not the road reports are accurate, but in this case, Caltrans had specifically (more...)...

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April 7, 2019 Our Magnificent Mountain Video

Our Magnificent Mountain

Los Angeles skiers can be forgiven for feeling like exiles—we are surrounded by an endless sea of concrete and steel. (more...)...

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April 3, 2019 Baldy Bowl Sunday Current Conditions

Baldy Bowl Sunday

Here’s Baldy Bowl Sunday, looking very tasty if a little bit burnt for the last day of March 2019. Temperatures may be warmer (more...)...

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March 25, 2019 Mountain High East Skiing

Mountain High East

I knew I loved to ski Mountain High East, but I had forgotten why: MHE offers by far Southern California’s best intermediate/cruiser skiing (more...)...

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