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SierraDescents | 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year! This winter alas has so far opened as yet another dry one, but there is snow to be found in the high country, particularly if you're (more)

Quick Look: DryGuy Travel Dry

Quick Look: DryGuy Travel Dry

I myself have no need for boot driers, because my feet of course never sweat, but my kids' boots somehow end up soaked after each and every day of skiing. And I'm the one who (more)

December

December

Happy December to you, Sierra skiers and beyond. Hope you had a short but sweet summer; now is the time for long shadows, piercing afternoon sunshine, clouds of breath visible (more)

Mammoth in August

Mammoth in August

We're a little late with this update here, but I did want to mention that Mammoth Mountain closed August 6, making for a 2016/2017 season that offered skiing in ten consecutive (more)

In the Path of Totality

In the Path of Totality

I first saw a total eclipse in 1991, in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, and while I remember specific details of the event (it got cold; stars came out; the horizon in all directions (more)

Mammoth in July

Mammoth in July

Fourth of July weekend gave us an inspiring fireworks show off the top of Mammoth Mountain, with the sunset and the Minarettes and the Ritter Range offering an imcomparable (more)

Mammoth in June

Mammoth in June

There's no end in sight to this season of spring skiing delight at Mammoth Mountain. June conditions are clearly as good as they've been since 2011, offering groomed racer (more)

Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs

Mount Sill: Two North Couloirs

After a long break, I made my way back to the Sierra's Palisades Crest for a climb and ski of Mount Sill. My expectations were modest on this one, but Sill turned out to be a (more)

Mammoth In May

Mammoth In May

Mammoth in May is simply untouchable. There is no place on Earth I'd rather be. Give me the free-fall magic of Wipeout/Dropout in sun-kissed spring snow, lap after lap, till (more)

Birch Mountain—Still Big

Birch Mountain—Still Big

This past weekend Bill, not one but two Prestons, and I headed to Birch Mountain for a climb and ski, and in the early morning hours, somewhere in the first two thousand (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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