Corn Snow Time

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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 ….

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Ascending toward Kearsarge Pass with a massive load of climbing gear, Owens Valley in background

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Yosemite’s Olmstead Pt. in Winter

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The same spot in Summer

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On the forested lower slopes of Mt. Shasta

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In the White Mountains with the Sierra Crest (on the other side of Owens Valley) in the background

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Zero degrees fahrenheit and snowing … Aren’t Sierra storms supposed to bring warmer weather?

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View of Mt. Shasta from the Trinity Alps

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Whoops!

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Final approach to Kearsarge Pass

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The Big Trees

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Camp at Reed Flat, White Mountain Crest

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Relaxing at Kearsarge Pass, 11,760’

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The High Sierra

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Dashing through the snow …

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Near Bullfrog Lake – in summer one of the most thrashed and overused spots in the High Sierra, but in winter a pristine paradise

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Avalanche Gulch, Mt. Shasta

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Beware the avalanche zone

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It takes a special kind of dog to really appreciate a backcountry ski trip

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The snow-free face of Charlotte Dome. The climbing route ascends more or less along the skyline.

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Climbing Charlotte Dome

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Mt. Shasta Summit – No Lemurians, Ascended Masters or theosophists in sight.

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Breaking trail through fresh snow

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Paradise beckons from behind the parking lot. Does anyone notice?

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One Response to Corn Snow Time

  1. Oooohhhhhh.

    Stabs from the past. It is always nice to see the News being read!

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