Backcountry Snow Report for March 26, 2014

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie SchwartzLeave a Comment

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 conditions. The good news is that things are starting to change for the better. We expect 1-2 feet of snow above 9500′ in the next week if all pans out. After that it looks like perhaps an unsettled weather pattern like the unfulfilled promises of this winter. Better late than never, but will it be too little, too late? I say let’s take what we can get. Any amount of snow now will only lengthen and improve the spring season over what we have.

The bad news is that what we have, according to the California Cooperative Snow Surveys, is somewhere between 23-30% of the April 1 average for inches of water equivalent. We had a chance to do an aerial recon of the heart of the range on March 19th and have included a video from that so you can see exactly how grim it is out there. Let’s hope for a big Spring!


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