After a brief hiatus the climbing & backcountry skiing conditions report is back! Here's the report for April 24th. Spring is in full force here in the Eastern Sierra. Several small storms have been moving through the region bringing what might have been our last powder day, last Wednesday, but mostly high winds. There is plenty of corn still to be harvested, so don't put away your touring boots yet. Road crews have started to clear Tioga Pass this past week!!
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
Backcountry skiing the past week was has been a mixed bag with warm temps and high winds. We saw a lot of wet slides in lower elevations and wind slabs in the higher. The corn cycle was strong in the lower elevations that quickly turned to heavy snow around 1300. Touring up could be quite spicy in the mornings with ski crampons being a must.
With another quick set of storms moving through mid week conditions might be similar- with less corn to harvest. However, the long term forecast is calling for sunny weather so things may improve dramatically.
Tahoe also has seen a wild ride of high winds and big temperature swings. Tahoe has a huge snowpack now and everything is skiable. Warm temps are on hand in the next week so it's time to look at those South faces possibly. Can't imagine it will be easy to find cold snow this coming week.
Shasta Mountain Guides reported last week lots of fresh cold snow giving way to some epic powder days. This past weekend brought warmer temperatures with increased risk of wet slabs.
California Avalanche Advisories & Observations
Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing
The ice climbing report is done for the season.
High Sierra Climbing
This weeks weather pattern is looking like its going to bringing moderate winds with gust of 50+ to the ridges and peaks.
Mount Shasta Climbing
The Shasta climbing season is almost upon us. But for now, keep in mind that there is still heavy winter like snowpack.
The climbing season is Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. This week temperatures are going to be in the mid to high 80's this week. So seek the shade!
The day time temp this week in the Buttermilks are going to be in high 70's and low 80's. Mornings and evening are cool enough to get some work done. Dido for Happy and Sad boulders.
Pine Creek Canyon is relatively snow free with patches lingering. Higher temps have made it quite pleasant in the canyon.
Owen's River Gorge is starting to warm up. Be advised that LADWP is working in the Central Gorge. Access to some of the areas might be restricted.
All Mammoth area climbs are still under heavy snow.
Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows
The Valley season is starting to ramp up. Early this week looks like it should be wet with blue skies and mid 60's by the weekend.
Road crews started clearing Tioga pass this past week, with any luck we all will be bc skiing in Tuolumne soon.