April 23, 2020 A Good Day at Baldy Video

A Good Day at Baldy

From the archives, here is Mount Baldy one year ago, March 23, 2019. I videoed the kids and I enjoying a classic day of Southern California Spring skiing (more...)...

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April 7, 2019 Our Magnificent Mountain Video

Our Magnificent Mountain

Los Angeles skiers can be forgiven for feeling like exiles—we are surrounded by an endless sea of concrete and steel. (more...)...

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April 3, 2019 Baldy Bowl Sunday Current Conditions

Baldy Bowl Sunday

Here’s Baldy Bowl Sunday, looking very tasty if a little bit burnt for the last day of March 2019. Temperatures may be warmer (more...)...

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March 13, 2017 Go West, Young Man Video

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it (more...)...

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January 20, 2016 Return To Baldy Video

Return To Baldy

Apparently I had blocked the memory of just how hard it is to tour in the San Gabriel Mountains. No longer. Dave, Al, and I returned to The Devil’s Backbone (more...)...

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December 15, 2012 Mt. San Antonio and Downtown Current Conditions

Mt. San Antonio and Downtown

I’m out with my camera today, partly because it’s a beautiful day in Southern California, mostly because it’s easier than sitting at home and reading the news. Here’s downtown Los Angeles with the San Gabriel Mountains and a very snowy Mount San Antonio in the background. For you local resort skiers, Mountain High, Snow Summit, (more...)...

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October 20, 2011 West Baldy Timelapse Video

West Baldy Timelapse

Wow, was this a trip down the rabbit hole! That Landscapes video inspired me to create my own timelapse. Naturally, I thought shooting from the top of West Baldy at sunset would be perfect. Turns out day-to-night timelapse is shockingly difficult. Within the quirky realm of timelapse photography it is known as ‘the Holy Grail’ (more...)...

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April 5, 2011 The Girly Man Video

The Girly Man

Yes, it’s Southern California’s infamous steep-skiing classic, the Girly Man Chute, seen here in far from ideal conditions on an alternately foggy and sunny warm April day. Girly Man’s entrance seems to vary depending on coverage. On Saturday it was at least 55° at the entrance, maybe a tad steeper, with dangerously soft snow hanging (more...)...

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February 23, 2011 Wolfgang Lert Skiing

Wolfgang Lert’s “Mugelhupf”

Wolfgang Lert died in his San Francisco home on Feb 13, 2009 at the age of 91. He was one of the founders of SMS as well as a builder of the San Antonio Ski Hut. In 1936-37 he made a ski movie, “The Original Mugelhupf Movie” filmed on Mt. Baldy. This 23-minute video opens (more...)...

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January 24, 2011 Mt. San Antonio - North Face Video

Mt. San Antonio – North Face

My history skiing Mt. Baldy’s north face has typically run in one of two flavors: terrifying, or abominable. Okay, sometimes both. Baldy’s north face seems particularly vulnerable to becoming icy, turning the entire north side of the mountain into a deadly-serious 40-45° skating rink. When the north side is icy (and sometimes it’s hard to (more...)...

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