May 26, 2015 The Winter Wrap: 2015 Current Conditions

The Winter Wrap: 2015

What happened? I think I can safely speak on behalf of most Californians when I say 2014-2015 was not the winter we were hoping for (more...)...

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May 8, 2015 Say No To Summer Alert! Current Conditions

Say No To Summer Alert!

On the strength of an out-of-nowhere May storm that has dropped 12-18″ of fresh snow and is still going, Mammoth Mountain has cancelled their planned closure this weekend (more...)...

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May 5, 2015 Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II Tips & Technique

Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II

The downhill ski works. You do the move, and it’s practically universal: hard snow, soft snow, low angle, high angle, damn the consequences, it works (more...)...

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May 2, 2015 Mammoth in May Current Conditions

Mammoth in May

Here was my thought: what if I could pretend I was skiing in August, instead of May? Today’s conditions would be pretty spectacular, I reasoned, if we were skiing in August (more...)...

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April 29, 2015 News

Mobilization In Progress…

Just a very quick note here to let you know I’m in the process of updating SierraDescents to be more accessible on mobile devices–ie, your smartphone (more...)...

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April 5, 2015 Mammoth April Fools Video

Mammoth April Fools

That popping sound you hear is the sound of loose rocks pinging off the tips of my skis. Attentive viewers will notice the sound is nearly continuous (more...)...

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March 25, 2015 Marmot Front Range Jacket Gear

Marmot Front Range Jacket

For cold but fair-weather Alpine skiing, I love wearing a windproof fleece jacket. But I’d gotten tired of looking like a fuzzy black puffball (more...)...

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March 22, 2015 Telluride Blues Telluride

Telluride Blues

As is my annual custom, last week I traded Southern California for Colorado’s San Juans, spending six days in the town of Telluride (more...)...

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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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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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