March 18, 2019 Baden Powell From Inspiration Point Current Conditions

Baden Powell From Inspiration Point

Here’s Baden-Powell from Inspiration Point just past Mountain High on California Highway 2. BP’s east face looked terrific yesterday (more...)...

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March 8, 2019 WWSRA 2019 Ski Reviews Gear

WWSRA 2019 Ski Reviews

After a bit of a ski review hiatus I managed to make it to the 2019 WWSRA show at Mammoth Mountain last month (more...)...

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February 22, 2019 LA Basin Snowfall! Current Conditions

LA Basin Snowfall!

Winter storm Quiana has brought snow (more...)...

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February 6, 2019 Southern California Dreaming (Reprise) Skiing

Southern California Dreaming (Reprise)

Motivated by forecasts of ultra-low snow levels and dreams of cold-smoke glory, Trevor and I returned yesterday to the San Jacinto Wilderness (more...)...

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February 2, 2019 What Current Conditions

What’s Going On Out There?

Rain is the big story for Southern California once again as yet another powerful winter storm (more...)...

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January 28, 2019 Bear Mountain Current Conditions

Bear Mountain

Bear is such a quirky resort. Every time I ski here I’m reminded first of all how big the terrain is (more...)...

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January 21, 2019 Waterman Current Conditions


Mount Waterman is not open, but they should be. I’d say they have a solid three feet of extremely dense snow at the ski area’s summit, with decent (more...)...

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January 15, 2019 A SoCal Storm Cycle (Updated) Current Conditions

A SoCal Storm Cycle (Updated)

Happy January everyone we have a bona fide SoCal storm cycle on our hands (more...)...

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December 23, 2018 Early Season Sierra Current Conditions

Early Season Sierra

As Christmas nears, things look thin-ish along the 395 corridor from Lone Pine to Mammoth (more...)...

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December 7, 2018 Kenneth Hahn Current Conditions

Kenneth Hahn

Here’s the iconic Los Angeles-as-ski-town shot we’ve been waiting for, taken this morning from Kenneth Hahn (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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