After one of the worst winters in recorded history, precipitation continues to fall in California. The Sierra Nevada has picked up several feet of high elevation snow this month, and in locales above 9k, and especially 10k, there’s some fun backcountry skiing to be done. Tioga Pass is much thinner than normal for this time of year, but the skiing off Saddlebag Rd. will offer some good ski touring over the coming days into June. Skier: Kristina Smithers
Options for backcountry skiing are dwindling in the Northern Sierra and Carson Range, although sampling from the past week continued to yield some quality turns in a few select spots near the Carson Pass area. Highland Lakes Rd. is open off Ebbett’s Pass, but the further south you go the better the chance for a good tour. Here, Glen Poulsen lays into a fun couloir off Tioga Pass.
Skinners Jillian Raymond and Michelle Parker enjoy a high country view of the Eastern Sierra after another layer of plaster was added to local peaks over the Memorial Day weekend. While snow line is dramatic to say the least, it’s all about the high elevation access to get you to the goods at this point in the season.
There was quite a bit of hot pow to ski in the Eastern Sierra over the past several days. As soon as a good freeze takes hold, there will be some enjoyable, smooth skiing to be done. Some couloirs, like the one pictured, are as fat now as they’ve been in the last few years thanks to the recent weather. Skier: Jim Morrison
There’s nothing quite like adventuring in the mountains with good friends. And as you can see, with some Eastern Sierra peaks as white as Dunderberg (seen in the photo) the backcountry ski season isn’t over yet. Go get some friends and make a mission happen!
In the past week I’ve gone for a ski tour in the Carson Range, off Carson Pass, Ebbett’s Pass, Sonora Pass, Tioga Pass, and via Virginia Lakes. After the recent storms, a good freeze will go a long way, but the take-home message is there’s still fun skiing to be had. The Mammoth area has also been getting snow all month. Watch out for wet slide avalanche activity until the most recent snow finally consolidates and/or locks up, and get out there for an adventure in the Sierra. It most likely won’t be around for long, but after the drought stricken year as a whole, now is as good of a time as any to breathe some fresh mountain air, and leave a few tracks on some pristine lines in the backcountry. Skier: Romolo Marcucci
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