March 9, 2015 Dust to Dust Current Conditions

Dust to Dust

Those of you who made it to the Big Bear area this past weekend found conditions about as good as they’ve been all year, thanks to fresh snow and a furious bout of snowmaking (more...)...

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February 26, 2015 The Kabookie Bids Adieu Gear

The Kabookie Bids Adieu

A sad bit of news I unfortunately have to report following the WWSRA demo at Mammoth Mountain is word the Kabookie will not return for the 2015-2016 season (more...)...

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February 23, 2015 At The Eleventh Hour, Snow Current Conditions

At The Eleventh Hour, Snow

I was thinking, yesterday, about skinny runs. For those of you who skied in the 70’s or 80’s, I’m sure you remember them (more...)...

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February 17, 2015 2015 WWSRA Mammoth Mountain Gear

2015 WWSRA Mammoth Mountain

It’s been hard, these past dry years, to think much like a ski buyer, but the makers have continued their work notwithstanding, and, snow or not, they’ve made some fantastic skis. To see what’s coming for 2016, last week I attended the WWSRA (more...)...

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February 11, 2015 Mammoth Found Encased In Ice Current Conditions

Mammoth Found Encased In Ice

Yes, I’d heard Mammoth Mountain saw rain virtually from top to bottom over the past few days, but some things you just have to see (more...)...

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February 11, 2015 Above and Below the Line Current Conditions

Above and Below the Line

Here’s a fairly dramatic look at just how high the snow level was during this last Sierra storm cycle (more...)...

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February 9, 2015 Reluctant Post-Storm Discussion Current Conditions

Reluctant Post-Storm Discussion

I guess we have to say something about the storm, though for the past few hours I’ve been wondering if maybe it would be better if we all just pretended it never happened (more...)...

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February 2, 2015 San G Siren Song of the Day Current Conditions

San G Siren Song of the Day

Yes, there it is, the continuing siren of San Gorgonio Mountain’s north face, as seen yesterday from the View Haus at Snow Summit. Sorry the photo quality is so poor: one of our cost-cutting measures over the summer was to sell the Nikon (more...)...

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January 20, 2015 The January Report Current Conditions

The January Report

This is not Year Four: I refuse to call it that. Yes, there are indications Mammoth Pass will see its lowest February water survey reading in history, and yes, Mt. Baldy has already given up the ghost here in SoCal, but I am not yet ready to face reality (more...)...

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January 12, 2015 Kids: The Snowplow Returns Kids

Kids: The Snowplow Returns

As parents we are oh-so-sensitive to regression. We fight tooth and nail for every scrap of developmental progress, be it reading, eating with utensils, escaping diapers, or not drawing on walls, and when those inevitable moments of regression shatter our complacency, our sense of loss and even outrage can be overwhelming. (more...)...

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