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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August 8, 2018 At Least We Have The Beach California

At Least We Have The Beach

I am sorry—I just can’t bring myself to write about the California wildfires. If you want quality coverage (more...)...

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July 29, 2018 Interlude summer


Monsoon moisture flows every summer from Mexico to the American Southwest, driven by (more...)...

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June 12, 2018 Summer Arrives Current Conditions

Summer Arrives

Seeing Mammoth Mountain this early June really hammers home how outstanding the skiing was last season (more...)...

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April 29, 2018 Maybe Skip Onion Valley... Current Conditions

Maybe Skip Onion Valley…

The good news is the road is open all the way to the parking lot at Onion Valley. The bad news is that’s because there’s no snow up there (more...)...

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April 17, 2018 Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition Skiing

Skiing Baden-Powell, 2018 Edition

You should have seen the look on my wife’s face when I brought out my skis this past weekend. For the record, this was 100% Al’s doing, not mine (more...)...

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March 26, 2018 March Miracle for Mammoth Current Conditions

March Miracle for Mammoth

California has indeed gotten its Miracle March—parts of it, anyhow. Mammoth reports reports 17 feet of snow (more...)...

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March 14, 2018 SoCal Rain (and Snow?) Current Conditions

SoCal Rain (and Snow?)

This is Bear Mountain’s Bear Peak Cam, as of this morning, March 14, 2018, and (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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