Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report

SMG’s Eastside Snow Report is for the snow conditions in the Eastern Sierra of California. We report on conditions as we see them, or from reports we get from our friends. This snow report is for snow quality and coverage conditions, not for anything related to stability of the snowpack on backcountry slopes. For the backcountry avalanche advisory please visit the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center website. Be aware that snow conditions can change rapidly. You need to be aware and knowledgeable of factors leading to unstable or otherwise hazardous snow conditions, and perceptive enough to know when it is time to shift gears and choose alternate terrain options in poor or deteriorating conditions. We highly recommend taking an avalanche course that focuses on backcountry decision making before entering into avalanche terrain. Contact us with your snow observations, have fun and be safe out there!

Backcountry Snow Report – April 13, 2014

Eastside panorama: Williamson to Split in the southern zone.  Since the last report conditions have changed significantly, due to a major spring thaw in the past week. Evening temps have been below freezing above 10,000′ and radiation has been cooling
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Backcountry Snow Report – April 7 & 8, 2014

Get it while you can - Janis Joplin Skiers and Snowboarders, The first half of April generally features the maximum snowpack of the season in the Eastern Sierra. This year coverage is thin, but surprisingly adequate if you choose your location
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Backcountry Snow Report – April 4, 2014

Hi there backcountry skiers and snowboarders! Today’s conditions report features the Bishop zone (for a change). If you are reading this then it is possible that, like us,  you have not yet hung up your skis and skins and moved on
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Backcountry Snow Report for March 26, 2014

Hi there Skiers and Snowboarders. This is an addendum to the state of the backcountry report we already posted. Many of you are thinking about the spring ski options and making plans based on the current snowpack and anticipated future
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Backcountry Snow Report – March 18, 2014

The Sherwins on an avalanche course – March 16, 2014 Howdy skiers and snowboarders. We are just past St. Patty’s Day, and as an Irish citizen myself (Howie O’Schwartz is the name), I thought I would share some of me
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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – April 2013

What an interesting season it has been so far. The winter started off perfectly with big wet storms in early December, followed by high ratio snow dumps with uncharacteristically calm winds. This all gave us a very memorable early season
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