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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Greg Enright » Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:23 am

Yeah, it's thin. But Tamarack Cross Country opened today and it was mighty fine skiing that thin strip of nicely packed powder. The next storm was blowing in as the sun went down this afternoon, and we are looking forward to a foot of new!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:35 pm

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I spent most of today in the Buttermilks and driving towards Basin Mtn. Gloriously horrid winter conditions with screaming winds and snow tornados. Snowed an inch in town, but I found a good 4" in the "country." Took the opportunity to ski while wimpy boulder-ers stayed in town drinking coffee. :)
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:49 am

I've been finding from Bishop to June Lake snow conditions are frustrating. Very dry with deep drifts, even with the recent warm weather. More cold weather and winds with the snow coming this week. Hmmmm
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Greg Enright » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:56 am

Here's a pic of Horsetail Falls near June Lake from this morning. Looks like Parker Canyon has some ice also.

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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:24 am

OK Greg, I've got new picks and I'm warmed up on post-holing. Let's go!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Clydascope » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:35 pm

Check out what the Mammoth Weather Dweeb thinks about the lack of snow...

http://mammothtimes.com/content/mostly- ... -end-month

“It’s not good, it’s horrible,” he said. “It’s as bad as it can get by this time of year.”
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby granite4brains » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:45 pm

Clydascope wrote:Check out what the Mammoth Weather Dweeb thinks about the lack of snow...

http://mammothtimes.com/content/mostly- ... -end-month

“It’s not good, it’s horrible,” he said. “It’s as bad as it can get by this time of year.”


Aren't we doing better than the last two years, though?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Clydascope » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:11 pm

Last year in December Mammoth Mountain reported almost 150"

The year before was 57"

So far this year for December only 24.5"
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby schaffner » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:56 pm

Thinking about heading out to Williamson/Tyndall over New Year's. Has anybody been in that area recently or anywhere comparable who would have some information on the snow? We hoped to get along without snowshoes.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:56 am

PFFFT! Hope you really enjoy twisting your ankles in loose styrofoam for 12 miles! I've been over 11,000' in the past week and the snow conditions are horrendous. Very very dry heavily faceted flakes; a major pain in the ass over boulders (and I am no pussy). This is NOT a good time to go BC for climbing a mtn more than Class 1, especially on northern aspects. Should I bother to mention ice?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby schaffner » Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:17 pm

Thanks for the clear advice!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:03 pm

schaffner wrote:Thanks for the clear advice!

I don't mean to piss on your parade, but as I just drove by Willy/Tyndall and it looks treacherous indeed. You'd get slaughtered on the way to the pass then be faced with snow and ice covering rock/slab. I'm sure driving to the trailhead is no problem though. :)
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby granite4brains » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:52 pm

Clydascope wrote:Last year in December Mammoth Mountain reported almost 150"

The year before was 57"

So far this year for December only 24.5"


Wow didn't realize it was that low. Guess we're possibly looking at a 3rd dry year in a row :(
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