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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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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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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