Before the recent storms, the supply was low, but Grade A California corn was available. With the storm rays of a May sun, new snow should transition quickly and a fresh harvest will be on the menu. Skier: Toby Schwindt

Before the most recent storms, the supply was low, but Grade-A California corn was still available in select spots of the Eastern Sierra. With the strong rays of a May sun, new snow should transition quickly this weekend/week and a fresh harvest will be on the menu. again soon Skier: Toby Schwindt

The winter that never was decided to return to the Golden State this past week. With some Eastern Sierra locales collecting close to two-feet of new snow last weekend, and current forecasts claiming the potential for upwards of another foot to fall on regional mountains by Saturday morning, it’s safe to say there’s a few happy skiers and riders in snow starved California.  Although Lake Tahoe area resorts remain closed, and prior to last weekends’ storm the Sierra was looking more like late June than early May, the snow that’s fallen should provide a few more weeks of backcountry skiing before all is said and done with the 2014′-2015′ ski season.

Here, Jillian Raymond enjoys topping out after skinning through  12-20+" of new snow in the Eastern Sierra.

Here, Jillian Raymond enjoys topping out after skinning through 12-20+” of new snow in the Eastern Sierra.

Overall, California needs any amount of precipitation it can get. In the north, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Mt. Shasta are doing much better than the Sierra water wise and ski wise, but the mighty Sierra hovers at 10% or less of its average snowpack for this time of year. With that said, thanks to last weekends storm Mammoth Mountain has extended their season until at least Memorial Day, and some high elevation access points in the Sierra continue to hold some worthy ski touring options.  Here’s to hoping for more cold rain and snow for the state, and in the meantime enjoy a few shots of skiing in the Eastern Sierra from the past week.

A few thousand feet of hot pow with a view. Skier: Jillian Raymond

A few thousand feet of hot pow with a view. Skier: Jillian Raymond

At the start of the week, most of the powder had gotten zapped by the warm May sun, but protected north facing couloirs kept the snow drier and colder. These were probably the best winter turns I found before the most recent storm started to impact the forecast area.

At the start of the week, most of the powder had gotten zapped by the warm May sun, but protected north facing couloirs kept the snow drier and colder. These were the best winter turns I found before the most recent storm started to impact the forecast area.

High winds paid a visit to the Eastern Sierra this week, keeping a host of high elevation terrain crispy. The couloir skiing was still good enough, but panels in the sun were a more enjoyable call. As of Friday the 15th, Sierra passes are closed again and the Tahoe area has seen 6+" above 8k feet. Turbulent weather remains in the forecast for several days, but there will be a few breaks, and the touring should be pretty good.

High winds paid a visit to the Eastern Sierra this week, keeping a host of high elevation terrain crispy. The couloir skiing was still good enough, but panels in the sun were a more enjoyable call. As of Friday the 15th, Sierra passes are closed again and the Tahoe area has seen 6+” above 8k feet. Turbulent weather remains in the forecast for the next several days, and coupled with the recent coverage boost, the Sierra will be offering a little more fun for late season skiers and riders.