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SierraDescents | 2019

San Jacinto Grind

San Jacinto Grind

A truism of Southern California is you don't get good SoCal skiing unless you risk getting bad SoCal skiing. We got the bad version yesterday, which began with stunning lines (more)

Christmas Snow

Christmas Snow

We were just about to head to the car yesterday when they suddenly opened Chair 23. A mad every-man-for-themselves dash later, Al and I flashed through an empty maze and (more)

November Snow

November Snow

I tried I tried I tried to get some classic L.A. skyline-and-snow shots, but the clouds have just not been cooperating. There is snow out there, obviously, and a lot of (more)

November

November

These high-resolution GOES-17 images are stunning. Here's your surprise Thanksgiving bomb (more)

My Dreams of Vail

My Dreams of Vail

I have a number of recurring skiing dreams, all of which start happening around this time of year. The best involves me skiing down and disconnecting from the snow and pulling (more)

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

For Southern California, winds are expected to resolve by Sunday, as a blocking high sets up which should keep us calm into mid-November—though unfortunately that will keep (more)

Ducks

Ducks

This was taken at the Whitney Fish Hatchery. I don't have anything else to go with it. I found this picture soothing. I hope you do (more)

Return to Dana

Solstice Couloir - Mount Dana

With Tioga Pass Road now open to the east Yosemite gate (and intermittently all the way through to the Central Valley), this past weekend seemed like the perfect time to (more)

Winter Up High, Summer Down Low

Winter Up High, Summer Down Low

This was by far the snowiest Memorial Day weekend I've ever skied at Mammoth Mountain. It looked and felt like winter up there, and for good reason: Mammoth set an all-time (more)

San Gorgonio Reprise

San Gorgonio Reprise

After a nine year hiatus, Al and I returned last Sunday to the San Bernardino Mountains' South Fork drainage, where we found snow, avalanche debris, and ash—lots and lots (more)

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About SierraDescents

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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