The Eastern Sierra was in all her glory last weekend with backcountry skiers, climbers, and fisherman flooding the small towns and communities. In the Eastern Sierra we've been skiing corn back to our flip flops! It looks like we are in luck for another mild week of harvesting corn and skiing in t-shirts. As for climbing, the temps are great for lower elevation climbing below the snow line. Here's the report for May 4th
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
This past weekend a ridge of high pressure moved in bringing warm temps and calms winds and turning on the corn machine!. In the June Lakes and Mammoth area the corn cycle came in strong with corn on all aspects by noon and mushing up around 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The Sawthooth Ridge Tour that went out this past weekend reported that area is skiing well. Corn is forming on all aspects 10,000 feet and below with North aspects being the best bet. East and South were going to mush very early in the morning. Higher elevations from 11,000-12,000 were holding cold transitional wind affected snow on sheltered northern aspects. On all other aspects the corn was reported as fantastic. Things are looking to change with some disturbances moving in starting on Saturday. As always, know before you go and consult ESAC.
Tahoe had similar conditions as the lower elevation of the Eastern Sierra. Things are turning to mush quickly so get going early!
It's been windy up there according to Shasta Mountain Guides but that looks to be changing. It looks like shasta is going to be getting a little refresh, with a spring storm coming in Wednesday night.
California Avalanche Advisories & Observations
Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing
The ice climbing report is done for the season.
High Sierra Climbing
With a spring storm coming in this weekend it looks like it might shut down any summit attempts. Not much new snow is predicted at this point.
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. Another storm is coming in Wednesday night through the weekend possibly shutting down summit attempts.
The climbing season is Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end.
Chasing the shade is the name of the game in the Owens's River Valley with high temps and relatively little wind.
Pine Creek Canyon is relatively snow free with patches lingering. Higher temps have made it quite pleasant in the canyon.
Be advised that LADWP is working in the Central Gorge. Access to some of the areas might be restricted. It was getting pretty hot in the sun down here but with colder temps this weekend and early next week it may be the place to go.
All Mammoth area climbs are still under heavy snow.
Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows
The Valley season is starting to ramp up. Mid week climbing looks great with tempratures in the low 70's. The weekend will be rainy with tempreatures in the high 40's to low 50's.
Road crews started clearing Tioga pass this past week, with any luck we all will be bc skiing in Tuolumne soon.