California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report - Memorial Day Weekend

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!

 Photo Credit: Sarah Holston, Office Manager. 

 Photo Credit: Sarah Holston, Office Manager. 


Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

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. 

Mammoth Crest 10,000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Eastern Sierra Guided Backcountry Skiing


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?

Castle Peak (Donner Summit) 7500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

Mount Shasta

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.

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

approacing Blacksmith peak in the Sawtooth ridge

approacing Blacksmith peak in the Sawtooth ridge

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

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. 

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

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.

Mount Shasta 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast


Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

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

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 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!)

Owens River Gorge NOAA Weather Forecast

Mammoth Lakes 9000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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. 

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