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.
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.
— March 23, 2012
Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents
Brent March 23, 2012 at 9:04 am
I just cracked up at my desk. Great music! I got like 3 feet of air off that sweet jump.
Stan March 23, 2012 at 9:33 am
I loved how you put it together. Now I really wish I would have gone. How long are those boards you guys skied on?
Bill March 23, 2012 at 9:35 am
Waahooo!! The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau thanks you!! :-)
Lee March 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Nice work guys, not many have skied that peak
charles March 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Awesome! I love this stuff. Just saw some people on SJ webcam too. Season must be back on down there for a minute..
Peggy March 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Andy - welcome to MY end of the state! Been here 20+ years and love it! Peggy W.
Florian March 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm
That shot of the Dynafits on the beach is awesome.
Puka Lewicky aka. Mom March 25, 2012 at 9:28 am
Dear Andy, you inherited my love for snow, snow, snow. Love Mom
Bill March 26, 2012 at 11:43 am
I went again today. Walked up, walked down. Snow mostly gone. :-)
Bill March 26, 2012 at 11:44 am
I went again today. Walked up, walked down. Snow mostly gone. :-(
Joshua March 27, 2012 at 6:47 am
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.
Jamie March 4, 2023 at 7:46 am
Thanks for the beta Andy! it's no Sierra but after these storms it'll do. on the way to Cuyamaca now