December 10, 2012 The Mammoth Report Current Conditions

The Mammoth Report

Thank goodness we have Mammoth! Yes, Mammoth did see rain all the way up to about McCoy Station during last week’s Mega-Wet, but enough of that moisture fell as snow across the mountain to produce a dense, saturated early-season base that is currently making for excellent skiing. Despite the snow’s high water content, upper mountain (more...)...

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December 5, 2012 First Steps: Kids on Snow Kids

First Steps: Kids on Snow

In my teach your kids to ski series from last season, we talked a lot about the process of getting your kids familiar with and interested in skiing, from the philosophical (promoting ski culture) to the practical (gearing up and dry land training). While I can’t stress enough the benefits of these off-the-hill preparations, at (more...)...

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November 29, 2012 Death Valley In Books

Death Valley In ’49

Does anyone read books anymore? This is not a rhetorical question—my books section is basically a ghost town nowadays. Still, for those of you who still like to hold a bound stack of old paper in your hands for hours at a time, here’s William L. Manly’s Death Valley in ’49, a classic story of (more...)...

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November 28, 2012 November Snow Current Conditions

November Snow

I’m starting to think last season traumatized me. I’ve got this jonesy, pessimistic mindset right now—not helped much by the fact that the big Southern California ranges are currently bare-bones dry at all elevations. Check that: you can find a few sickly snowmaking patches at Mountain High and the Big Bear resorts. NOAA is showing (more...)...

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November 24, 2012 Nikon D800 Gear

Nikon D800

Perhaps the best way to introduce Nikon’s full-frame D800 DSLR is to note that it is not at all the camera Nikon enthusiasts were expecting. In hindsight, there is a certain logic to the D800’s massive, 36-megapixel sensor—it delivers very nearly the same pixel density as Nikon’s DX-sensor D7000, only spread across a much larger (more...)...

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November 21, 2012 The Invisible Note Musings

The Invisible Note

I’ve been dutifully changing diapers for a long, long time, but also of course working towards getting my kids out of diapers, and though I think I can at last declare success, I can also safely say I won’t be writing any how-to-potty-train books. My last, desperate potty training tactic, after I gave up on (more...)...

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November 19, 2012 The Cosmos Conundrum (Updated) Gear

The Cosmos Conundrum (Updated)

Okay, deep breath. First of all, kudos to Lou for breaking this story. Go read what he has to say, and then come back for my thoughts. Good? Good. And now, for my take: sh*t! I wasn’t able to run Lou’s test on the pre-production Cosmos that I skied last winter because I’d already returned (more...)...

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November 16, 2012 Review: Film & Television

Review: ‘Choose Your Adventure’

If you ask me, brothers Noah and Jonah Howell, a.k.a. the Powderwhores, appear to be in the midst of a transition phase. ‘Choose Your Adventure’ is their latest film, and in it they continue to demonstrate how accomplished they’ve become at shooting skiing. Year after year, the whores take their camera and their Mac and (more...)...

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November 13, 2012 My Most-Hated Video Video

My Most-Hated Video

I don’t get much feedback on my videos, positive or negative, and I certainly don’t get much in the way of ‘likes’ or ‘dislikes’, but there is one huge exception: my video review of Volkl’s RTM-84 ski. Something about this video has sure aroused the passions of my otherwise-disengaged YouTube audience. That crazy RTM84 video (more...)...

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November 7, 2012 Rim to Rim: I Think You Can Do It Hiking

Rim to Rim: I Think You Can Do It

The call comes at 3:30 a.m. In record-setting fashion, my brother has pushed this decision to literally the last minute possible. If he says go, we’ll hop in the car and drive to Grand Canyon Village, for a grueling but no doubt extraordinary day hike across the Grand Canyon, south rim to north. On the (more...)...

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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.

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