January 23, 2012 Current Conditions

Avalanche Danger is HIGH

In the context of this winter, I suppose we have to call this good news. Locally, I don’t think enough snow has fallen to open up anything other than (maybe) a few shaded north gullies. In any case, if you do go out to take a look around, approach everything with extreme caution. This is (more...)...

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January 21, 2012 Kids Kids

Kids’ Gear From Head to Toe

Probably the first question that’s going to pop to mind when it comes to kids ski gear is whether you should buy or rent. I strongly believe you should buy your own gear. Where available, you can also rent from shops that let you keep the gear all season (you trade up at the end (more...)...

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January 19, 2012 Ambrose at GreenStone Lake Current Conditions

Ambrose at GreenStone Lake

One of the few but significant upsides to our snowless 2012 winter has been perhaps-unprecedented access to the interior Sierra in the dead of winter. Sierra photographer Michael Ambrose recently made good use of Tioga Pass Road with a visit to Greenstone Lake, where he captured this shot of ice and lenticular clouds (more...)...

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January 17, 2012 Current Conditions

2-4″ Possible

It’s something, at least… (more...)...

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January 16, 2012 Skiing With Kids: Introduction Kids

Skiing With Kids: Introduction

I am trying to get my 2 1/2 year old daughter to the snow. That’s all I want right now: just get her to the snow. We’ve successfully crossed the parking lot, bought lift tickets, and gotten her ski boots on, but we’re bogging down now, because she can’t walk in ski boots. She’s flopping (more...)...

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January 14, 2012 Current Conditions

TPR Open?

Is Tioga Pass Road really open? Really? I can’t believe it. I can not believe it. January 14, 2012, and SR 120 is showing “NO RESTRICTIONS” through the heart of the central Sierra? As a likely event this is probably right up there with me posting photos of myself skiing down the hill on Federal (more...)...

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January 9, 2012 Dahlgren Sno Comp Gear

Dahlgren Sno Comp

Alpaca is the secret ingredient in Dahlgren’s new sock lineup, including the Sno Comp, a sheer, cushionless ski sock that uses a fairly complicated Merino/Alpaca/Synthetic blend. For the curious, Alpacas are those not-quite Llamas found in South America. Alpaca wool is said to be lanolin-free, less irritating than regular wool, and thus (perhaps) a better (more...)...

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January 5, 2012 Resolutions Musings

Resolutions

Somewhere in my twenties I realized I would never be able to repay all that my dad had given me. I don’t just mean money; I mean all the ways he was there for my brother and me. I talked about that with my dad one day, and he told me his philosophy on the (more...)...

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January 2, 2012 Black Diamond Warrant Gear

Black Diamond Warrant

I’m going to coin a new term to try to capture the essence of Black Diamond’s Warrant, part of the revamped 2012 Black Diamond ski lineup: let’s call it ‘de-specialized’. The Warrant replaces the highly-regarded but aging Kilowatt, a ski known for its versatility. Like the Kilowatt, the new Warrant is also a generalist, but (more...)...

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January 1, 2012 Current Conditions

A Bony New Year

Well, the good news is I’ve found a place where heavy snow is falling, but the bad news is that it’s Hillroth Mountain in Skyrim. Here in Flagstaff I suppose we should be happy that the Arizona Snowbowl is at least open, but paying full price for a ticket to wreck your skis does make (more...)...

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