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A Good Day at Baldy

A Good Day at Baldy

From the archives, here is Mount Baldy one year ago, March 23, 2019. I videoed the kids and I enjoying a classic day of Southern California Spring skiing at the resort, but I (more)

Our Magnificent Mountain

Our Magnificent Mountain

Los Angeles skiers can be forgiven for feeling like exiles—we are surrounded by an endless sea of concrete and steel. Yet how truly fortunate we are to live and climb and (more)

Baldy Bowl Sunday

Baldy Bowl Sunday

Here's Baldy Bowl Sunday, looking very tasty if a little bit burnt for the last day of March 2019. Temperatures may be warmer, but for now sun angle reigns supreme: we found (more)

Go West, Young Man

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it, via iconic (more)

Return To Baldy

Return To Baldy

Apparently I had blocked the memory of just how hard it is to tour in the San Gabriel Mountains. No longer. Dave, Al, and I returned to The Devil's Backbone, Baldy Bowl, and (more)

Mt. San Antonio and Downtown

Mt. San Antonio and Downtown

I'm out with my camera today, partly because it's a beautiful day in Southern California, mostly because it's easier than sitting at home and reading the news. Here's downtown (more)

West Baldy Timelapse

West Baldy Timelapse

Wow, was this a trip down the rabbit hole! That Landscapes video inspired me to create my (more)

The Girly Man

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Yes, it's Southern California's infamous steep-skiing classic, the Girly Man Chute, seen here in (more)

Wolfgang Lert’s “Mugelhupf”

Wolfgang Lert's

Wolfgang Lert died in his San Francisco home on Feb 13, 2009 at the age of 91. He was one of the founders of SMS as well as (more)

Mt. San Antonio – North Face

Mt. San Antonio - North Face

My history skiing Mt. Baldy's north face has typically run in one of two flavors: abominable, or terrifying. Sometimes both. Baldy's north face seems particularly vulnerable (more)

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