Happy Groundhog’s Day backcountry skiers and snowboarders!! A happy one it is indeed. Best holiday of the year, every year I do declare.
Finally, something to write about! It’s been a good season so far, hovering around the average mark. Generally excellent conditions have prevailed, though December was a bit disappointing relative to the forecasts and January had a period of spooky persistent slab problems that the good folks at the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center have been tracking. A brief June-uary thaw helped with the latter problem, but made the goods unusually elusive (though still out there).
Enter, the storm of the season. Since this storm started, Mammoth Mountain has seen close to 3 feet of snow at 9000′ and the peak has yet to come. The 5-day forecast could bring up to 10″ of liquid water to the High Sierra, southern reaches included, with markedly cooling temperatures. If all goes well, this could equate to up to 10-15 feet of snow up high and even some welcome accumulation of snow down into the sagebrush. Expect to see widespread enormous avalanching. You can go ahead and start arranging time off for Sierra skiing deep into spring.
There is not much else to say about conditions until this storm settles out the and the wind and sun have their turn. We can all rest assured that the Sierra will be oh-so-Nevada this season, and there is sure to be a lot of excellent skiing and riding to come in the coming weeks and months. Love it when a plan comes together!
Here are a few recent highlights: