If you still have skiing on the brain, come and get it quick. The Eastern Sierra snow pack is receding as the wildflowers start to bloom. Here is the climbing and skiing report for the Memorial Day Weekend.
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
The corn cycle this week was dismal with above normal day and night time temps. This weekend doesn't look that much better with day time temps in the mid to high 50's and night time temps in the mid 30's at 10,000 feet. If you are searching for corn this weekend, look for places above 10,000 feet. The Palisade area might be the sweet spot this weekend with low over night temps in the high 20's and day time temps in the 40's. There is a flood advisory out for small streams and creeks so be cautious crossing streams looking for the goods. Streams are treacherous now! As always, know before you go and consult ESAC.
Its looking like its time to go to the beach with temperatures rising in the mid to high 60's this weekend in Tahoe. Yes, you could still find a few turns but really?
It's still ski season on Shasta and will be for a while now. The weekend forecast is calling for stable weather and warms temps so expect some great corn at the higher elevations. Freezing levels are going to be quite high.
California Avalanche Advisories & Observations
Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing
The ice climbing report is done for the season.
High Sierra Climbing
Climbing in Northern parts of the Eastern Sierra looks good this weekend. Temps in the Mammoth Crest to the North at 10,000 are going to be the mid to high 40's during the day and high 30's overnight. The Palisades have an unusually cold forecast compared to the rest of region with a chance of snow all weekend.
Mount Shasta Climbing
This weekend was meant for sending! This weekend is going to be sunny with warm daytime and night time temps. Great time to climb Shasta.
The climbing season in Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. Very hot!
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 snow free, but heads up on rappels as there are season waterfalls and streams at the base of some of the walls. The temps at Pine Creek have been great!
Clarks Canyon road is free of snow and the road is in good condition. The day time temps are warm, so think about the shade game for this weekend.
Be advised that LADWP is working in the Central Gorge. Access to some of the areas might be restricted. But it's too hot to climb there anyway.
All Mammoth area climbs are still under snow however the snowpack is quickly receding so hopefully mammoth area crags will be a go soon (or at least the last two thirds of the climbs!)
Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows
The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley will be somewhat hot with temps in the 80's and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoons. Good time to chase the shade. Keep in mind the tourist crowds could be overwhelming this holiday weekend with the waterfalls so huge.
Tuolumne Meadows is going to be closed for a little while longer. Yosemite National Park reported May 24th "Road crews are plowing from west to east and have reached the west end of the Olmsted Point avalanche zone (which is just west of Tenaya Lake)." So things are progressing well on the road plowing.