February 10, 2017 Snow Valley Musings Current Conditions

Snow Valley Musings

2017. Whatever you were expecting, I doubt this was it. Took the kids to Snow Valley this past weekend. Slide Peak is open, and that does tip (more...)...

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February 2, 2017 Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain Skiing

Mount Pinos & Sawmill Mountain

At 8831′, Mount Pinos is the highest point in Ventura County and, believe it or not, the 11th most prominent peak in California (more...)...

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January 30, 2017 Snoverload Current Conditions

Snoverload

It is like the Sierra of old: a great gleaming white shield dominating the horizon. Do you have a fantasy line? The Sirens are calling. (more...)...

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January 25, 2017 Damn Frickin Video

Damn Frickin’ Lucky To Be Here Day

More than 20 million Southern Californians work and play within an 80 mile radius, and yet I was literally all alone yesterday exploring (more...)...

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January 23, 2017 Waterman Current Conditions

Waterman

Snow, snow, and more snow. Al and I wound our way up the 2 on Saturday during the mid-storm break to check out Mount Waterman (more...)...

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January 17, 2017 It Current Conditions

It’s a SoCal Winter!

Southern California dead-enders rejoice: 2017 will finally mark the end of the past semi-decade’s accursed endless summer (more...)...

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January 8, 2017 Super Storm Current Conditions

Super Storm

The satellite images are stunning but also sobering. With Mammoth currently reporting a 170″ upper-mountain snowpack, yet another powerful storm is (more...)...

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December 9, 2016 The Couloir To Nowhere - Full Version Video

The Couloir To Nowhere – Full Version

I am very pleased to offer the full version of my 2011 film, “The Couloir To Nowhere,” now online for your viewing pleasure at YouTube (more...)...

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November 15, 2016 Mammoth Opens Current Conditions

Mammoth Opens

Conditions out there, I know, are stormy—very, very stormy. We’ll talk about skiing for now (more...)...

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October 12, 2016 October Musings

October

Fall colors arrive and my thoughts turn to winter. For me, October is the most contemplative of months (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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