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Devil’s Dream Tour & Backcountry Snow Report – April 7, 2017

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Happy spring Eastern Sierra skiers and riders! Hope you are enjoying the Sierra backcountry season so far. It’s only around half way done. And with that in mind I would like this post to serve a few different purposes: 1) to help inform you about recent and current conditions as per usual, 2) to celebrate June Mountain and all that it offers us backcountry recreators on the eve of it’s annual spring closure, and 3) to report on a tour …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – March 10th, 2017

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Hi backcountry skiers and snowboard riders, We meet again! We have neglected this report for a month and a half now. If this has pissed you off… then good. I guess we are doing it well, when we do it. But anyone who actually has been skiing in the Eastern Sierra since we last reported knows that really there has been little to report, other than that this amazing winter got even better through late February. If this is news …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – January 20th, 2017

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Good day to you backcountry skiers and riders, And a good day for all of us. We did it! Our collective pleas to the snow gods have been answered. A little late, but wow. The call has been answered in force. As I write this during a much needed rest day it is snowing huge flakes at around 2″/hour at 4000′ elevation in the town of Bishop. It has been a while since our last report, but I think everyone …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – January 2nd, 2017

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Happy New Year backcountry skiers and snowboarders! Early season snow conditions have been great and it was a wonderful holiday season… yadda, yadda. The relevant thing to be talking about though is not what has been (check out our earlier reports for that), but what is to come… Our New Year’s resolution is to ski more powder, and more powder we shall ski! At least if model forecasts have any credibility in this decade. The NWS is calling for over …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – December 23rd, 2016

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  Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays backcountry enthusiasts! This installment of the BC Snow Report comes after an excellent week plus of early season backcountry skiing and riding. The last storm came in last Thursday wet and heavy with rain up to 9000’+ before cooling and amounting to more than 3.5 feet of snow in 24 hours at 9000′ on Mammoth Mountain. A record 14 inches of liquid water equivalent fell in this period but, unfortunately, a large amount of …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – December 1, 2016

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Hello backcountry enthusiasts! Rock-tober becomes Snow-vember, and suddenly here we are, at the start of another backcountry season in the Eastern Sierra. We hope you all enjoyed that other part of the year where the remaining snow is generally unfit for sliding around on, assuming you have stayed here in the Northern hemisphere. Perhaps without the lure of backcountry snowsport, you were able to finally get some work done around the house, spend time with the family, and focus on your …

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SkiMo is neither.

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  If you appreciate words, like I do, you may on occasion grieve the loss of them. Our culture changes and so too does our language. Handheld communication devices incentivize us to seek to conserve increasingly in demand stores of linguistic energy to create more time in our lives. We are quick to embrace language shortcuts like lol, lmfao, and cul8r. These abbreviated sentences, when used effectively, can save valuable seconds that grow to minutes, that add up to hours, days, …

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Alpine Conditions Report – August 6th, 2016

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Hi mountain folk, We are in the full steamy heat of the summer season. Climate change is real and we have seen multiple days in the past month with high temperatures in Bishop above 105 degrees. Some days in the mountains have felt too hot and lately I have not had any need to zip myself completely into a 40 degree sleeping bag, even at elevations up to 12k’. It’s been a good summer though. More snow around in early season …

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Talkin’ Sh*t about Mount Whitney. Can you handle it?

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People are saying I have been talking shit too much, so I decided to write some shit down instead. Let’s think of this as my periodic colon cleanse for the mind. It ain’t pretty, but it is probably healthy. The thing is, we should all be talking about poop more. And why not? We do it daily, all 7.125 billion of us on Earth. This may be one of the more significant impacts humans have on each other on the …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – May 14, 2016

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Howdy Skiers and Snowboarders! I am starting to write this on Friday the 13th. Spoooooky. But weather and snowpack out there are producing some down home friendly riding conditions for those that are keeping the stoke of glisse alive into the heart of spring. Last installment of this report, we talked about the below average snow cover that exhibited consistently high snow quality. Since then that has remained the case. The spring thaw was delayed by a series of small, …

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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – April 9th, 2016

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Happy April backcountry skiers and snowboarders! What a season. It is hard to process it all, but suffice it to say that it has been the best in years. Sure, the El Niño turned into something of an el None yo, and that left a lingering air of disappointment that many just couldn’t get over. On the bright side, complaints about snow quantity were tempered by consistently high snow quality. There were very few days this season where the goods …