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Alpine Conditions Report – May 8, 2015

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Crazy year. After the biggest drought on record in California, we enter late spring with a series of storms, the last two of which are the biggest of the year to date. This weather is wackbards! It’s supposed to be
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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – March 24, 2015

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I know it’s been a long hiatus from this report skiers and snowboarders, but we wanted to keep the pictures up as long as possible from the epic 2 days of backcountry powder skiing we had reported on at the
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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – February 25, 2015

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Hi bc skiers and snowboarders, The pictures tell most of the story. Best worst winter ever! People are asking us about where to find the goods. It is a bit tricky at the moment but if you succeed then you
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Diversify!

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We are not parents, we’re mountain guides. Well, some of us are parents, but that’s not the point. Point is, we’re not your parents. Because we’re not parents, we can choose favorites. It’s true; we have our favorite guests. Our
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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – February 13th, 2015

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Backcountry skiers and snowboarders, Happy Friday the 13th! Well, in case you haven’t been paying attention, the Groundhog Day spell has been broken. Today is tomorrow! We had an atmospheric river weather event that put up to around a foot
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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – February 2nd, 2015

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Howdy backcountry skiers and snowboarders, It’s Groundhog Day!!! Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow this morning which means 6 more weeks of winter. We had a couple weeks of it so far this season and we are looking forward to some
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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – January 28, 2015

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Not feeling too inspired to update the last report, but I figured we all could use another shot of Groundhog Day humor. Maybe we are all becoming better people for living the same dry and stormless winter weather day after
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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – January 12, 2015

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Hi there backcountry skiers and snowboarders. I hope you have been getting out in the backcountry lately. But not in the Eastern Sierra. Here, cold temps and north winds turned to warm temps and sun, which turned to warm temps
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Preparing for a Season of Decision Making

Posted on by Howie Schwartz / Posted in From the Range of Light & Fast, Guide Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

It was exactly a year ago that I stood ski guiding on a 45 degree virgin slope on the Antarctic Peninsula in a decision making quandary. Doug Stoup of Ice Axe Expeditions had put together another one of his outrageous
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Backcountry Snow Report – May 6, 2014

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Skiers and Snowboarders… …that is, if there are any of you left out there. After a lot of wrangling, I was able to find one interested and available ski partner for a 3-day tour who wasn’t busy shaving their legs
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Sublimation: A Journey to the Black Divide with Glen Plake

Posted on by Howie Schwartz / Posted in From the Range of Light & Fast, Trip Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Prologue It has been 3 seasons of drought for the Sierra. This makes a skier harken back to wetter and better times. Exactly 3 years ago, Easter week 2011, Glen Plake and I went on a multiday ski tour together
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