California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report - May 11th

After last weekends little rain/snow event, spring is in full force and it looks like this weekend is going to be great. The weekend's almost here, so load up the climbing, skiing and hotspringin' gear and head into the mountains. This is the weekend report for May 10th

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

After last weekends brief rain/snow event, a strong ridge of high pressure has developed over the Sierra bringing warm temps.  This weekend the day time temps are in the mid 60's with lows in the mid to high 30's. 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.  With temperatures climbing this weekend, higher elevation snow is going to stay nice, longer. Pockets of colder snow might be lurking in north facing aspects above 11,000 feet. As always, know before you go and consult ESAC. 

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing


Tahoe had similar conditions as the lower elevation of the Eastern Sierra. Things are turning to mush quickly so get going early! 

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

IAG/SMG Guide Ryan on a Shasta Ski Mission. Photo Credit: Ryan Sorenson  

IAG/SMG Guide Ryan on a Shasta Ski Mission. Photo Credit: Ryan Sorenson  

The wind has been plaguing Shasta's corn cycle this week. Rime ice and wind effected snow is developing on the upper elevations with Spring like conditions mid to lower mountain. The corn cycle is coming in strong around 10,000 feet at noon becoming mush by 3:00.  This weekend it looks like Shasta may receive a little reset with snow in the forecast Thursday- Tuesday. 


Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast


California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (Observations only)

Bridgeport Avalanche Center (Northern High Sierra)

Sierra Avalanche Center (Lake Tahoe Area)

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

The ice climbing report is done for the season. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast
Ice Cimbing Classes...winter 2016/17

Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

This weekend looks pretty fantastic for some climbing/skiing missions high in the sierra with day time times in the mid 40's and night time temps in the 20's. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

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 Thursday through the weekend possibly shutting down summit attempts. 

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

The climbing season in Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. 

Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley Campground NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra

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. 

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley couldn't get any more perfect with temps in the high 50's and little wind. 

Road crews started clearing Tioga pass this past week, with any luck we all will be bc skiing in Tuolumne soon. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast
Tuolumne Meadows 8600 ft NOAA Weather Forecast