March 29, 2016 Mammoth News Current Conditions

Mammoth News

Back from Spring Break at Mammoth Mountain and trying to catch up on the usual backlog of things I’m supposed to be doing. Let’s start by (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 3 Comments
March 8, 2016 Anselme Tips & Technique

Anselme’s Turn

One of my technique goals this year has been to teach myself how to do Anselme Baud’s steep turn (this would be one of the two variants of the original or classic pedal turn (more...)...

Posted in Tips & Technique | 10 Comments
March 6, 2016 Information Underload Current Conditions

Information Underload

As we progress through what must our driest wet winter ever (or is it the wettest dry winter?), I have really been struggling to piece together what has happened, will happen, and even is happening out there (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 4 Comments
February 17, 2016 SIA 2016: Skis Gear

SIA 2016: Skis

On to Skis…Rossignol’s Soul 7 (in fact, the entire 7 line) sees its first major upgrade with the Fall 2016 debut of the Soul 7 HD (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 2 Comments
February 14, 2016 SIA 2016: Touring Boots Gear

SIA 2016: Touring Boots

For Backcountry folks, we have some auspicious boot news from this year’s SIA Snow Show: two very interesting new tech-compatible touring models (more...)...

Posted in Gear | 0 Comments
January 23, 2016 Hips Over Tips? Tips & Technique

Hips Over Tips?

Back from a quick gear tuneup trip to MM, which means it’s time once again to resume my never-ending quest to deconstruct steep skiing technique (more...)...

Posted in Tips & Technique | 0 Comments
January 20, 2016 Return To Baldy Video

Return To Baldy

Apparently I had blocked the memory of just how hard it is to tour in the San Gabriel Mountains. No longer. Dave, Al, and I returned to The Devil’s Backbone (more...)...

Posted in Video | 5 Comments
January 2, 2016 Snowbowl Gets A Lift Skiing

Snowbowl Gets A Lift

A new chairlift, that is. I would tell you its name, but the Snowbowl’s website is currently down, so the new lift will have to remain at least temporarily nameless (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 0 Comments
December 26, 2015 A Blue, Blue Christmas California

A Blue, Blue Christmas

If you can’t be in Mammoth today, I guess Los Angeles isn’t too shabby right now either. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours—and a Happy (and snowy) New Year! (more...)...

Posted in California | 0 Comments
December 22, 2015 Back To Snow Current Conditions

Back To Snow

I am pleased to report I got back into ski boots and successfully carved GS turns on the groomers at Snow Summit yesterday (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 4 Comments

→ Read More SierraDescentsPrevious Posts ↵

Hiking Favorites

Skiing

Gear Reviews

Explore

Blogroll

About SierraDescents

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.

Pray for snow.