California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report - March 28th.

 Have a great weekend harvesting corn and pulling down in moderate temps. Don't forget your flip flops and beer for apres session. 

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing   conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned! This week's forecast is brought to you by: Sarah Crawford, Office Manager

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

The corn cycle is starting to develop on south aspect, the weather this weekend will only aid in the cycle development with highs in the 50's and overnight lows in the mid 20's. There is lingering dry cold snow in sheltered northerns aspects. The high-winds after earlier this week have loaded northern gullies. The weekend looks great for some bigger touring day.  The afternoon snow is a little mushy, so getting out early is going to be key. 

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Tahoe

Sunny with highs in the 50's  and lows in the 30's on Donner Summit this weekend. This weeks observations of the Donner Summit region were summited by Demetri Zouboukos of Truckee, CA @shapedbysummits

We’re in a transition right now, the north aspects were holding good dry snow and the solar aspects were all starting to corn up until yesterday. We had a gale force north wind that yesterday that blew the dry snow all over the place and has restarted the cycle (what I saw today on castle peak in Truckee this morning) I think in another few days we’ll be game back on for some corn skiing. The coverage is finally looking wintery though, which is nice!! -DZ 

Mount Shasta

The storms clouds finally part allowing the summit to receive sunshine and heavy wind. Temps will be in the teens day and night. Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The last storm cycle brought rain and snow providing much needed moisture for ice growth. Over last week and this week we have had overnight lows in the mid 20's and day time temps in the 50's.  

The only route that is in on Main wall is Plumb Line  which getting fatter by the day. The route should remain in good shape with nightly freezing temps and evening sun.  Early morning climbs on this route is advisable. 

Chouinard falls is fat as its been all season and the right side routes are in for the first time this season

The Narrows has thin ice and is only climbable for the boldest people out there. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

This weekend brings highs of mid 70's and low 80's with little wind. Overnight lows are going to be in the 50's. It's that time of year in Jtree to start looking for shade.  

Eastern Sierra

The forecast for ORG calls for mid 70's and low 40's over night. 

Sunny routes in Pine Creek might be good this weekend with hight in the mid 50's and lows in the high 30's. 

While the temps are favorable for climbing in the Mammoth Region, there is to much snow. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Valley temps are favorable with temp in the mid 50's and overnight lows in 30's.

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- March 15th

The storm cycle continues to provide us snow in the higher elevations making skiers gin from ear to ear. Another system is lining up to bring precipitation to California next week,  lets keep our fingers crossed that they continue to bring snow.  

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned! This week's forecast is brought to you by: Sarah Crawford, Office Manager

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Eastern Sierra

There has been 4-20'' of new snow over this week and a rain down low.  The snow line throughout this storm has hovered at 8600'.  The storm may bring 20''-35'' over Friday and Saturday. Sunday-next week are going to be the best days for backcountry skiing.  The best snow can be found at 9000' and above.  Definitely read the avi report before going out! 

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Tahoe

 Tahoe has gotten the bulk of the precipitation from this storm and snow down to lake level. Sunday through next week  look to be the days to slash some backcountry powder. 

Mount Shasta

This season Shasta has been hit hard by every storm.  They will be getting heavy snow all weekend. Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

This storm brought rain for lower elevations and decimated the ice in June lake within hours. Through this weekend overnight lows will be in the teens, so hopefully the ice will make a brief return before the end of the season. 

The day before the storm we had a fun day of climbing in Lee Vining but since this last system we haven't been back in the canyon.  Hopefully the rain did not melt away the ice in the canyon. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Rain is forecasted for Friday then sunny with highs in the mid 50's and winds 15-20 mph. 

Eastern Sierra

The forecast calls for snow in the ORG over the weekend. Next week the weather clears and temps rise to the high 50. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Seriously, the weather gods are telling us that its ski season this weekend with rain in the valley as well. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report

The storm cycle continues to favor the Eastern Sierra with a possible 1 to 2 feet this weekend and another big storm lining up for the week of the 19th. Lets cross our fingers and hope that the projections hold true. 

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned! This week's forecast is brought to you by: Sarah Crawford, Office Manager

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Eastern Sierra

 IAG Guide Joe Crawford at Red Cone                                                                      Photo: Tara Spires

IAG Guide Joe Crawford at Red Cone                                                                      Photo: Tara Spires

Last weeks storm gave us 60''-78'' of snow at 10,000 feet and 20'' at 7600 feet; giving much needed coverage down low.  Lower elevation backcountry skiing is still low tide, so watch out for the sharks. The snow is settling really fast with the sunny and warm temps this week. Boot top to knee deep pow can be found on shady aspects.  Definitely read the avi reports for this week to get a good idea of the problems that developed from this storm cycle.  

The forecast  made a drastic change yesterday and is now hinting at 1 to 2 feet of snow over the weekend for the Mammoth area. If the forecast holds there should be some great storm skiing. 

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Tahoe

 Skiing will be enjoyable on sheltered slopes that already had a base.  This weekends storm looks like the snow line will be at 8000 feet, fingers crossed that it drops and Tahoe doesn't get rained out. 

Mount Shasta

This season Shasta has been hit hard by every storm.  They will be getting heavy snow all weekend. Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake ice is growing daily. The North Gully is in great shape again. Horsetail falls is nearly closed up and ready to climb again. Tatum falls is covered in snow.  Roadside made a return this week and is pretty filled in.

Lee Vining Canyon's Chouinard Falls remains the best bet for ice in California. Snow this week will continue to make the base of the routes easier and safer to move around on. The central routes continue to be fat, albeit picked out. 

Main Wall  without much water flowing on the wall, the routes are taking quite some time to come in. 

The Bard-Harrington and Narrows continue to be dry. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Rain is in the forecast for over the weekend with temps in the Mid 50's/30's.

Eastern Sierra

We would suggest skiing this week/weekend as rain dominates the forecast. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Seriously, the weather gods are telling us that its ski season this weekend with rain in the valley as well. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- February 28th

While it's too soon to be running up and down main street screaming "Miracle March" in ecstasy, winter is still here and in full force! Monday-Tuesday's storm brought 6''-12'' inches of snow at 9000' and we could see another 38'' to 60'' of snow over this weekend. BA from Open Snow said that the storm track is lining up into the 2nd week of March.  Screw it, I'm running around the office right now screaming "MIRACLE MARCH" with an ear to ear grin!!

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned! This week's forecast is brought to you by: Sarah Crawford, Office Manager

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Eastern Sierra

Monday night thru Tuesday's storm brought 6'' to 12'' with moderate winds, making for varied snow conditions; expect to see a variety of snow textures and depth due to wind. The best skiing will be found on sheltered aspects that already had enough snow to ski: Red Cone, Virginia Lakes, Sawtooth Area. Multiple storms, heavy winds, and cold temps will bring about elevated avalanche concerns, so make sure to read the ESAC forecast before you head into the backcountry. 

The best backcountry skiing is going to be found Sunday thru next week as the snow pack continues to settle. 

Only have the weekend and want to get the best backcountry turns possible. Check out our Guided Backcountry Skiing Tours.  

Tahoe

Remarkably similar weather is forecast for Tahoe this weekend, with more snow! Skiing will be enjoyable on sheltered slopes that already had a base.  

Mount Shasta

Shasta like the Sierra is getting hit hard this week by the storm cycle. The best skiing is going to be next week as the snow pack settles.  Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

 Roadside Ice, June Lake                  Feb. 28th 

Roadside Ice, June Lake                  Feb. 28th 

June Lake ice is growing daily. The North Gully is in great shape again. Horsetail falls is nearly closed up and ready to climb again. Tatum falls has frozen over again and could be climbable with a few more days of cold. Roadside made a return this week and while there is only enough ice for a single party at the moment, it should continue to grow throughout this weekend. 

Lee Vining Canyon's Chouinard Falls remains the best bet for ice in California. Snow this week will continue to make the base of the routes easier and safer to move around on. The central routes continue to be fat, albeit picked out. The right side routes remain anemic and too dry to be called "ice routes."

Main Wall  without much water flowing on the wall, the routes are taking quite some time to come in. 

The Bard-Harrington and Narrows continue to be dry. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Rain is in the forecast for over the weekend with temps in the Mid 50's/30's.

Eastern Sierra

We would suggest skiing this week/weekend as the snow forecast extends down into Bishop. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Seriously, the weather gods are telling us that its ski season this weekend with snow in the valley as well. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- February 22nd

Wintry weather has been in place for a week now and is poised to stay a while. Storms forecast for Thursday (2/22) and Monday (2/26) likely won't open up new backcountry terrain, but will bring a nice refresh to old, haggard snow surfaces. Bigger storms have begun to appear in the forecast, a likely result of all those skis we've burned this winter.  

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

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Eastern Sierra

New snow this week came in cold and windy making for interesting ski conditions. Tomorrow should bring several inches of snow along with moderate to heavy winds. Monday will see a similar storm, neither of which will do much to open new terrain. The best skiing will be found on sheltered aspects that already had enough snow to ski: Red Cone, Virginia Lakes, Sawtooth Area. Heavy winds and new snow will bring about elevated avalanche concerns, so make sure to read the ESAC forecast before you head into the backcountry. 
 

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Tahoe

Remarkably similar weather is forecast for Tahoe this weekend. Skiing will be enjoyable on sheltered slopes that already had a base. 

Mount Shasta

Scattered snow showers and high winds plague Shasta all week, again.  Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake ice is growing daily. The North Gully is in great shape again. Horsetail falls is nearly closed up and ready to climb again. Tatum falls has frozen over again and could be climbable with a few more days of cold. Roadside made a return this week and while there is only enough ice for a single party at the moment, it should continue to grow throughout this weekend. 

Lee Vining Canyon's Chouinard Falls remains the best bet for ice in California. Snow this week will continue to make the base of the routes easier and safer to move around on. Comrade's Corner is now leadable (with rock gear to start). The central routes continue to be fat, albeit picked out. The right side routes remain anemic and too dry to be called "ice routes."

Main Wall saw at least one climber this past week (on Center Flow). Without much water flowing on the wall, the routes are taking quite some time to come in. 

The Bard-Harrington and Narrows continue to be dry. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Cooler temps in J-tree this week with highs hovering in the low-50s. Light to moderate winds all week will make things pretty cold. Bring a puffy and seek the sun!

Eastern Sierra

It will be too cold for climbing in the Deadman Summit area. Bishop area crags will see highs in the upper-30s/low-40s. Sending temps for crushers, but chilly for us mortals. Some snow is expected on Thursday, so sunny and steep walls will be the most enjoyable. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Colder than average temps in the Valley this weekend (highs in the 30s) will make climbing on all but the sunniest walls miserable. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- Feb 14th

We have finally returned to a colder pattern here in the Eastern Sierra; after seemingly endless weeks of sunny skies and spring-like temps, it almost feels like winter. A series of weak cold-fronts will be approaching California throughout the next week, bringing scattered light-snow across the mountainous regions of the state. The lack of widespread snowpack has been keeping most people home and those willing to hunt out the good turns have been rewarded with stark solitude. 

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

The quick storm system that blew in Sunday thru Monday dropped 6-8 inches in the high country and 2 to 3 inches at 7000'.  This weekend should have the best skiing we have seen in a month or so. For those looking to bang out short laps, Virginia Lakes remains the best bet for coverage and ease of access. The Matterhorn zone has the best snow in the range and only requires 1.5-2 hours on snowy trail to get to the skiing. The Incredible Hulk couloirs and Kettle Peak's East Couloir are skiable, but require 2-2.5 hours of snowy hiking along the Little Slide Canyon "trail." Various couloirs in the Mammoth Lakes Area have also seen some recent descents with reports of decent to good conditions in the chutes and thin to non-existent coverage below 9.5k.

 ESAC will continue to publish daily avalanche advisories, so make sure to read the report before you venture into the backcountry. 

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Tahoe

Tahoe backcountry skiing remains in a sad state after missing out on the snow earlier this week. Wind and cold temps have likely turned the little good snow out that remained to crap. 

Mount Shasta

Scattered snow showers and high winds plague Shasta all week. Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake ice took a beating throughout the last two weeks of high pressure, however with a return to a colder, cloudier pattern, the ice is poised to come back into condition quickly. The North Gully of Horsetail is the only route that has remained in condition throughout the hot-spell and is a safe bet for anyone looking to get a half-day of climbing. 

Lee Vining Canyon's Chouinard Falls remains the best bet for ice in California. Comrade's Corner has finally grown fat enough to be led. The central routes are fat and have clearly seen quite a few picks. The Right side routes remain thin and mixed. 

Main Wall began fatten up during this last high pressure spell and we just might see lead-able ice form this week on Plumb Line and Center Flow. 

The Bard-Harrington and Narrows continue to be dry. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Beautiful weather in Joshua Tree this weekend. Despite a little wind, it should be a wonderful weekend for climbing.

Eastern Sierra

 Daytime temps in the high 50s and overnight temps in the high 30s will have most looking for sun. Deadman Summit areas will probably shut down after these storms for a while.

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Sunshine and mid 50's in the Valley this weekend through next week. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report-January 31st

Spring like weather has taken hold throughout California and Winter doesn't look set to return for a few weeks. We're still offering Ullr burnt skis and odd dances in increasingly futile attempts to appease the wintry deity.     

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

It's been a week since snow fell and it has gone through some pretty dramatic changes since. Cold snow can still be found at the highest elevations in the most sheltered, Northern aspects; the couloirs in the Sawtooth Ridge area continue to be worthwhile outings. 
On the few sunny aspects that are holding snow there will likely be some corn to harvest this week.

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Tahoe

The backcountry skiing is going to be good in the Carson Pass and Mt Rose area. 

Mount Shasta

As usual, Mount Shasta is the snowiest place in the state. Windy weather this weekend will probably make snow conditions funky. Those winds are supposed to move out early next week, which should result in some great skiing throughout the mid-week. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

Horsetail Falls in June Lake continues to be climbable on the Left side, Right side and North Gully. One of our guides witnessed a large sheet of ice fall from high up this past weekend at about 1:30 pm. Warm temps and lots of flowing water mean that Horsetail will continue to be appropriate for small groups only. 

Lee Vining Ice is still about the same as it has been for a few weeks. Main Wall is too thin to lead, or TR. Chouinard's has leadable ice between Comrade's Corner and the Tree Route. Ice at the top of the Canyon offers an alternative venue for those keen on avoiding other groups. 

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Warm temps this week and disturbingly little snow will probably attract some interest from those keen on Winter ascents of Alpine routes. 


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

T-shirt weather in Joshua Tree this weekend. Dang, it looks nice down there.

Eastern Sierra

 Perfect climbing weather throughout the Eastern Sierra this week. Our Office Manager was climbing at ORG this past weekend in a t-shirt--in the SHADE! Deadman Summit area crags have some snow lingering around the base, but the rocks are dry.

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Sunshine and high 50's to low 60's in the Valley this weekend through next week. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season, but for those that are adventurous the skiing could be in great shape next week.   

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report-January 26th

It looked a lot like winter this past week and half with multiple storms and powder days, but the triple R (ridiculous resilient ridge) is building throughout next week bringing above average temperatures.  This next weekend looks like it will be great for people who want to slash pow in the backcountry and go climbing in t-shirts the next day. 

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California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report-January 17th

As California looks set to receive a series of much needed colder storms, the staff at International Alpine Guides are crossing our fingers, holding our breath, burning skis and doing just about anything else we can think of to ensure the storms bring enough moisture to start building a base below 8,500'.

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Snow conditions after a week of warm weather are wildly variable. Surface conditions in the Sawtooth Ridge area should make for nice turns for those willing to hike; the couloirs of Matterhorn Peak, Dragtooth and Twin Peaks are all in great shape. Virginia Lakes is still a good bet for those wanting no or little approach. Red Cone and the Mammoth Crest are also providing good turns. It is still low tide out there, so careful snowpack evaluation and skiing are required for all. ESAC will continue to publish daily avalanche advisories, so make sure to read the report before you venture into the backcountry,

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Tahoe

The backcountry skiing is limited in the Tahoe region with the best snow found in the Mt. Rose and Carson Pass areas. The storms on Thrusday night and Sunday should bring 1-2 feet of snow to Tahoe, hopefully giving some better coverage to much of th

Mount Shasta

The Shasta area will be stormy all through the weekend and into next week as this system hits colder and wetter to the North. The mountain should see snow measured in feet, while lower elevation zones like Castle Lake should see up to a foot. 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake Ice remains in poor to non-existent condition, hopefully the incoming cold fronts will bring back the ice. 

Lee Vining Ice is in better condition that most though it might be given the dry nature of the winter thus far. Chouinard Falls has enough ice for several parties to enjoy. The approach is still dry and the trail to the south of the creek still goes, but that may all change by Friday morning. The ice above Chouinard's looks nice as well, and is a good option for those arriving later in the day. There is no ice on the Bard-Harrington Wall or in the Narrows and very little, if any climable ice on Main Wall. 

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

It is still cold.


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Beautiful weather in Joshua Tree this weekend. Despite a little wind, it should be a wonderful weekend for climbing.

Eastern Sierra

Owen's River Gorge might get some rain/snow from the storm this weekend. Daytime temps in the high 40s and overnight temps in the high 20s will have most looking for sun. Deadman Summit areas will probably shut down after these storms for a while.

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Rain and snow possible for the Valley this weekend. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season.  

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- Martin Luther King Weekend

Its a long weekend and the weather looks great in the Eastern Sierra! Look forward to moderate temps in the Bishop area, pow turns in the Mammoth area and as always sunny skies. 

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

This past storm came in quite warm with rain up to 8,600.  The goods can be found above 9,000 feet.  We found some great powder in Red Cone Bowl at 9,500.  Its still early season out, watch for rocks and down trees.  The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center has started to report 7 days a week! As always know before you go and read the Avi Report. 

Only have the weekend and want to get the best backcountry turns possible. Check out our Guided Backcountry Skiing Tours.  

Tahoe

The backcountry skiing is limited in the Tahoe region with the best snow found in the Mt. Rose and Carson Pass areas.

Mount Shasta

The weather looks great for skiing Saturday and Sunday. Another storm is rolling through on Monday that is going to produce high winds and possible snow. 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake Ice  fell apart in this last storm cycle. Cross your fingers for some cold nights to rebuild the ice. 
 

Lee Vining Ice is going to be your best bet this weekend. We have a few guides hiking up the canyon to see how the ice is doing. Stay tuned for pictures. 

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

It is cold. 


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Sending temps all weekend, highs in the mid 60's and lows in the mid 40's. 

Eastern Sierra

Temps in the ORG look good for sending.  Deadman summit received snow in this last storm. For for the adventurous people with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, Clarks Canyon is still accessible. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Looks like a great weekend to climb in the Valley with temps in the mid 60's and mostly sunny.  

Tuolumne is closed for the season.  

California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- December 29, 2017

The high pressure ridge continues leading to similair conditions to last week.  Despite snow coverage being limited to higher elevations, there is good skiing to be had. The ice climbing season is off to a good start, while rock climbing at lower elevations remains a great option for those hanging on to fall. 

Welcome to our weekly climbing and backcountry skiing report for the state of California. Our goal is to provide a weekly single source of climbing and skiing conditions around the state. We hope you stay tuned!

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Outside of Mammoth the snow line continues to be around 9,000'. Skiing from the car can still be had in the Lakes Basin in Mammoth and Virginia Lakes; where surface conditions will vary from facets to breakable and everything in between. For those skiers willing to hike a few hours to get to the high peaks, our guides found reasonably good skiing conditions in the Matterhorn Peak zone. It is still low-tide out there; careful evaluation of the snowpack and cautious decision making is a necessity. 

Only have the weekend and want to get the best backcountry turns possible. Check out our Guided Backcountry Skiing Tours.  

Tahoe

Like most places in California currently, the early season snow has been beat up by the sun and wind. There is still cold snow lurking around in sheltered northern aspects, but there is a good chance that it is tracked. Mt. Rose and Carson Pass are the best bets for finding fun turns.

Mount Shasta

High winds and a chance of snow lingers throughout the New Years Weekend. 

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

June Lake Ice is in great condition right now. Horsetail Falls, Tatum Falls and Roadside have been getting fatter by the day, while MANY lower angle gullies and smears usually covered in snow are providing enjoyable, unique rambles throughout the canyon. 

Despite the water being turned off in Lee Vining Canyon, Chouinard's is forming up. The approach is still adventurous with no snow. 

Backcountry Ice routes in Parker Canyon, Lundy Canyon and Whitney Portal have been reported to be in good condition. 

Take your ice climbing to the next level and check out our Ice climbing Courses 2017/18

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

It is cold. 


Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)

 

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Sending temps!

Eastern Sierra

Temps in the ORG have changed to favor sunny walls. Shade, while cold, can provide solitude and sending temps for those with big puffies and full thermoses. Deadman Summit area crags remain snow-free and enjoyable in the sun. Higher elevation crags are now strictly for masochists. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Mid 50's and partly cloudy in the Valley through the weekend. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season.