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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:24 am

Well it took forever, but our local hills finally got a little snow....a "March Miracle" some might say :D

I found excellent skiing conditions in the San Gabriel mountains on Sunday....not far from the lift lines and crowds at Mountain High, in Wrightwood...peace, solitude, and untracked powder rewards a little effort.
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Anyone know what Baldy is/was like?

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There a chance for more snow in the seven day forecast. :!:
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Clark_Griswold » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:30 pm

I tried to report the above post for being awesome, but see that the report feature is only used for bad things.
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby JT » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:27 am

I am thinking the same - heading up the North slopes of San Gorgonio this weekend or next. Any reports on snow coverage and conditions?
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Deb » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:28 pm

I skied Xmas Tree Hill yesterday on some extremely wet and heavy snow. The storm produced about 3', now packed down to 2' on top of that faceted junk from weeks ago. Surprisingly, it has bonded pretty well but the first foot of new snow slides readily when prompted. The northern chutes on Charlton have sluff initiated from in the tree line.. ? Coverage is good enough to get some skiing done but it was terribly slow and a lot of work to push through.
We skinned the service road and had an easy trip in, on the way out we actually had to push to get moving, no sliding out this time. It'll be burned off by the weekend too.
It was generously warm out and doesn't appear to have any freeze coming this week. I fear for the snow conditions. :(
Now the Lagunas got some decent snow last weekend. I did a 6-mile loop around Big Laguna and Little Laguna Lakes during the storm on Sunday. Beautiful dry powder! Didn't do any downhill, I kept getting whited-out and blown around, but it was wonderful!
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby asmrz » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:03 am

Penelope and I hiked San Jac yesterday from Humber Park. Extremely soft, wet snow all the way. Pen originally wanted to go on skis, later commented what a pain that would have been. We used snowshoes and had a hard, tiring day. Looks to me like the temps are way up there and the snow will not last long. FWIW.
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Luciano136 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:08 am

Any recent info on the Baldy skihut trail??
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Rob » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:19 pm

Luciano136 wrote:Any recent info on the Baldy skihut trail??


Probably just a few patches of slush here and there. But things could be very different on Sunday, with up to 20 inches of snow possible by Monday morning! 8)

Sunday: Snow, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. High near 43. Breezy, with a south southwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Sunday Night: Snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 30. Windy, with a south southwest wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.ph ... tType=text

3/26 update: San Gabriels got about a foot out of Sunday's storm. Good skiing at Mt. Waterman, but the resort is still closed for some unknown reason.
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Deb » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:35 pm

Skied into Coldwater Cyn this morning, via drop-in off Piss Point. Not Spring condition corn, but very nice sugar with some east cement and light crust going on. Was absolutely thrilled to get in there on such a lousy snow year!
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Luciano136 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:40 am

Has anyone done the Baldy bowl since last weekend's storm. I'm guessing it should be in good shape for a few more days?
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Deb » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:35 am

Luciano136 wrote:Has anyone done the Baldy bowl since last weekend's storm. I'm guessing it should be in good shape for a few more days?

In shape for what? It did NOT look good from my perspective yesterday. Pretty bare getting near the top steepest section. Rockfall would be a big concern since it's not freezing at night; now of course we have some little "system" coming Saturday night.......
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby MCGusto » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:06 am

Luciano136 wrote:Has anyone done the Baldy bowl since last weekend's storm. I'm guessing it should be in good shape for a few more days?

Headed up the bowl on 4/2/12. Here's pics of the left and right side from the bottom of the bowl:

Right Side (facing the devil's backbone)
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Left Side (facing the trail that goes up the left side of the Baldy Bowl)
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Great day up on the ridge. Beautiful views out toward Gorgonio and San Jacinto.
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Deb » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:05 pm

McGusto - did you see me waving from the top of Charlton Peak yesterday? A friend and I climbed Dollar Couloir then skied that sucker! Lovin' the Spring conditions for skiing right now!
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby simonov » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:09 pm

Deb, GF and I are heading up tomorrow to spend the night at Dry Lake. We are bringing snowshoes since we assume there will be deep snow above Poopout Hill. Can you give us an idea of what we'll find?
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby Deb » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:24 am

simonov wrote:Deb, GF and I are heading up tomorrow to spend the night at Dry Lake. We are bringing snowshoes since we assume there will be deep snow above Poopout Hill. Can you give us an idea of what we'll find?


You can most likely get away with not using snowshoes if you hit the trail by 7AM. Depending on your plans that afternoon or the next morning....crampons are a great idea; snowshoes if you're gonna travel late afternoon over sunburnt open sections over 9500'. Snow is consolidating nicely, I wouldn't be surprised if snowshoes were a waste of time. :) Have fun!
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Re: SoCal Snow 2012

Postby MCGusto » Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:27 pm

Deb wrote:McGusto - did you see me waving from the top of Charlton Peak yesterday? A friend and I climbed Dollar Couloir then skied that sucker! Lovin' the Spring conditions for skiing right now!


I thought I saw someone way out that way with some pink lycra and one of those spiky, mohawk-style ski hats....

Was that you? 8)

Only saw one person with skis in the bowl area, and he had just recovered his binding. He took one looooong turn across the middle-left side, one going back in the opposite direction, then took off his skis and boot glissaded the rest of the way to save his skis from rocks on the lower parts.

Glad to hear people are out enjoying the snow we've got!

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