March 23, 2012

Skiing San Diego

It is a strange, strange thing to get in your car in L.A. and head south to go skiing. Stuck in traffic on the 405, I began to wonder what sort of fool's quest I was embarking upon, but the trip to San Diego ended up being one of my most memorable Southern California mountaineering adventures, offering incredibly beautiful views and unexpectedly good skiing. Yes: skiing.

Cuyamaca Peak, elevation 6512', is a little over 30 miles from downtown San Diego. Skiing there is rare but not unheard of, and the same storm that put snow on I-10 in Beaumont covered Cuyamaca Peak with a good 24" base. Let me give a huge thanks to SD insiders Brent (who runs a San Diego Backcountry Skiers group) and Bill for the tip that Cuyamaca was in season. This is one of those peaks where you don't have a lot of time once the snow falls.

Finally, I have to say it felt very exotic to ski in such a warm, sunny place, so close to the beach and the blue gem of the Pacific. When it was all over, I was more than a little reluctant to head back home to that frozen wasteland to the north, Los Angeles...but I'll be back.

  1. Brent says:

    I just cracked up at my desk. Great music! I got like 3 feet of air off that sweet jump.

  2. Stan says:

    I loved how you put it together. Now I really wish I would have gone. How long are those boards you guys skied on?

  3. Bill says:

    Waahooo!! The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau thanks you!! :-)

  4. Lee says:

    Nice work guys, not many have skied that peak

  5. charles says:

    Awesome! I love this stuff. Just saw some people on SJ webcam too. Season must be back on down there for a minute..

  6. Peggy says:

    Andy – welcome to MY end of the state! Been here 20+ years and love it! Peggy W.

  7. Florian says:

    That shot of the Dynafits on the beach is awesome.

  8. Puka Lewicky aka. Mom says:

    Dear Andy, you inherited my love for snow, snow, snow. Love Mom

  9. Bill says:

    I went again today. Walked up, walked down. Snow mostly gone. :-)

  10. Bill says:

    I went again today. Walked up, walked down. Snow mostly gone. :-(

  11. Joshua says:

    Ah, Andy, what a great video. This reminds me of when I used to live in San Diego and why I left. One too many ski adventures like that, skiing back down some frozen road. Glad you’re making the best of it! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I remember skiing around Pine Valley a few years back after it dumped 4 feet up there.

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