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.
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.