There’s nothing quite like the beauty, solitude and serenity of snow-covered mountains. And there’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of carving turns in a pristine backcountry bowl.
And, in our opinion, there’s no better time to visit the mountains of California and Nevada than during the early spring. This is the time when ideal corn snow conditions make skiing a breeze and warm sunny days make sunburn a bigger concern than frostbite. So wax those bottoms, sharpen those edges and get ready to redline the fun meter.
We just wish we had the time to get away for a week or two. Until we find some time, we’ll be pouring over maps and snow reports and reliving memories of epic ski trips past ….
Ascending toward Kearsarge Pass with a massive load of climbing gear, Owens Valley in background
Yosemite’s Olmstead Pt. in Winter
The same spot in Summer
On the forested lower slopes of Mt. Shasta
In the White Mountains with the Sierra Crest (on the other side of Owens Valley) in the background
Zero degrees fahrenheit and snowing … Aren’t Sierra storms supposed to bring warmer weather?
View of Mt. Shasta from the Trinity Alps
Final approach to Kearsarge Pass
The Big Trees
Camp at Reed Flat, White Mountain Crest
Relaxing at Kearsarge Pass, 11,760’
The High Sierra
Dashing through the snow …
Near Bullfrog Lake – in summer one of the most thrashed and overused spots in the High Sierra, but in winter a pristine paradise
Avalanche Gulch, Mt. Shasta
Beware the avalanche zone
It takes a special kind of dog to really appreciate a backcountry ski trip
The snow-free face of Charlotte Dome. The climbing route ascends more or less along the skyline.
Climbing Charlotte Dome
Mt. Shasta Summit – No Lemurians, Ascended Masters or theosophists in sight.
Breaking trail through fresh snow
Paradise beckons from behind the parking lot. Does anyone notice?
Stabs from the past. It is always nice to see the News being read!