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by Luciano136 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:04 pm

Depends on the year a bit but I imagine there might still be some ski-able terrain. This year it snowed quite a bit in June.

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by SpiderSavage » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:05 pm

The snowpack in June varies quite a bit. In a good wet year YES. Lately, no. 2005 was good.

You'll need to watch the weather, find some good areas and watch them. Here is a link to the Sierra Nevada satellite: ... vis&size=1

Note the white areas. That's snow. They turn light gray when the snow melts.

If the snowpack is poor, I suggest river rafting in June for a similar thrill.

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by butitsadryheat » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:51 pm

justanothertroll wrote:
jeanounett wrote:Is it possible to summer ski in california in the Yosemite area? I'm planning a trip from SF to LA in June 10. Is there any snow left for backcountry skiing? By the way, I have no knowledge about avalanches...


I hear half dome is usually a good run that time of year.

Good luck and don't forget your SPOT...


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by butitsadryheat » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:17 pm

holy crap! That was like 30 seconds! Elves are ON IT today.

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by Guyzo » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:47 pm

jeanounett wrote:Ahhh, now I get it!! I tought his name was "deleted user"....Thanks for getting rid of this jer...It's not nice to laugh at poor people from the east who have almost no clue whats going on snow wise in the west!!!

It's a good thing, having those Elves busting ass all day and nite. :wink:

Mammoth Mt. stays open intill July 4th...... that should tell you something.

My brother does the bc ski thing, he says June is to late to plan a trans Sierra trip but still lots of patches left to ski.

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by RickF » Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:37 pm


The good thing about June is that the avalanche risk is lower since the snow is moslty consolidated that late in the season.

The bad thing about June is that some years there isn't much skiable snow left.

The farther north you go the better the chances of finding skiable snow. I skied a nice run on Shasta last year on Memorial day weekend. Shasta was still covered from summit to trailhead.

I live in southern California. The season for B/C skiing is very short here. You have to wait to see if we'll get enough snow to cover the rocks then get out there within days while its still good enough to ski.

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by fatdad » Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:54 pm

Like everyone has said, it really depends on the year. I was in Tuolumne Meadows one summer and a guy sharing out site was able to ski Unicorn Peak several times one week. I say bring the skis and you may get lucky.

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by phydeux » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:51 am

Best bet for spring/early summer snow would be north of Yosemite. Mt. Shasta was already mentioned above, but also try Mt. Lassen National Park (if you like backcountry skiing). I've been to Lassen in July when there were snow drifts higher than my car, and plenty of snow covering the rest of the ground.

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by Sierra Ledge Rat » Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:15 am

Yeah man, bring the boards, you might get lucky with the snow pack.

Nothing better than summer corn! Okay, well, maybe a hummer, but summer corn is pretty close.

Regardless of the snow pack, there's bound to some good skiing on Mt. Lyell in June.

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by dskoon » Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:37 pm

goldenhopper wrote:
midwesttransplant wrote:
jeanounett wrote:Did he just call me Moron?

Yes I believe he did.

What I think he was referring to was your urge to go back country skiing while having NO knowledge of avalanche safety.

That is an excellent way to get yourself killed, so I suppose he was commenting on that. Not very nice though.

I'm new to this site but I can see that the regulars don't want to tell you the truth either. Back country skiing without any knowledge of this terrain or snow conditions on the West coast may not be the wisest activity. Sorry to burst your bubble but avalanches can and do happen on peaks even in July. I live in Oregon so I'm sure it's not the same as Cali. but I also know a bit about back country skiing and I would advise that you find someone local to take you out if you insist on skiing out here. Good luck and have fun.

For the most part avy danger will be very minimal in June/July for that area. Again this depends on the year. I would suggest you gather some info just before the trip. Many here will be able to provide you with good solid beta as the time comes near.

+1 on Goldenhops' assessment. Snowpack is pretty well consolidated by then, and you can always ask around at mountaineering shops, Forest Service, etc. to make sure about the stability. Lots to ski if you come in June. Best o' luck.

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