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Backcountry Snow Report – April 4, 2014

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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 to other endeavors like so many so-called Sierra skiers and riders. We are pleased as powder that our High Sierra has seen over a foot of new snow from the last series of spring storms. Temps have been cold too, …

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Backcountry Snow Report for March 26, 2014

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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 …

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Backcountry Snow Report – March 18, 2014

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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 lucky charms with you so that we can still salvage the backcountry season here in the Eastern Sierra. If you haven’t already read my earlier State of the Backcountry report you should check that out too. At this point we …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 18, 2014

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Hi there ice climbers! Well as you may have noticed, Our ice report got a facelift along with our entire website. Unfortunately, we are guides and are not really competent with websites. If you are reading this you may be interested in one last ice climbing hurrah here in the Eastern Sierra. If that IS you, then read on… This winter has been one for the record books. California experienced the driest winter on record in many locations including the …

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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – March 2014

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Rock Creek – Pine Creek Divide, March 5, 2014 Skiers and Snowboarders! Here we are, in March of historic 2014. This is officially the driest year in California since records started being kept in the 1850’s. For all we know, it is the driest year in CA since dinosaurs walked the Earth. Other than one or two marginal days in late December my first time in the Eastern Sierra backcountry this season was February 2nd. Yes, Groundhog Day, one of …

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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – April 2013

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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 of deep light powder skiing throughout the Sierra. It feels like a distant memory now. January featured it’s usual June-uary thaw and began a drought that plagued us all producing record breaking low precip for the two month Jan-Feb time …