February 22, 2013

San J Okay

I can't figure these storms out. After a forecast initially calling for as much as 43" of snow, Tuesday's storm left a much smaller but still respectable 18" or so in the higher elevations of San Jacinto State Park, where Brent and I went exploring on Wednesday. Despite the combination of abundant new snow plus last week's totals, the SoCal backcountry remains pretty marginal, however.

The skiing was certainly good, but snags were abundant—definitely one of those keep-your-weight-back kind of days. Base depth throughout the San Jacintos can optimistically be described as erratic. Given what I heard from friends, those of you who played the Mt. Baldy roulette wheel didn't fare much better. Still, I'm glad I finally got out there and skied something local. I'm realizing, these past two winters, how much I like skiing the SoCal mountains and backcountry. I miss it.

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Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow