California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- February 28th

While it's too soon to be running up and down main street screaming "Miracle March" in ecstasy, winter is still here and in full force! Monday-Tuesday's storm brought 6''-12'' inches of snow at 9000' and we could see another 38'' to 60'' of snow over this weekend. BA from Open Snow said that the storm track is lining up into the 2nd week of March.  Screw it, I'm running around the office right now screaming "MIRACLE MARCH" with an ear to ear grin!!

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! This week's forecast is brought to you by: Sarah Crawford, Office Manager

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding

Eastern Sierra

Monday night thru Tuesday's storm brought 6'' to 12'' with moderate winds, making for varied snow conditions; expect to see a variety of snow textures and depth due to wind. The best skiing will be found on sheltered aspects that already had enough snow to ski: Red Cone, Virginia Lakes, Sawtooth Area. Multiple storms, heavy winds, and cold temps will bring about elevated avalanche concerns, so make sure to read the ESAC forecast before you head into the backcountry. 

The best backcountry skiing is going to be found Sunday thru next week as the snow pack continues to settle. 

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Remarkably similar weather is forecast for Tahoe this weekend, with more snow! Skiing will be enjoyable on sheltered slopes that already had a base.  

Mount Shasta

Shasta like the Sierra is getting hit hard this week by the storm cycle. The best skiing is going to be next week as the snow pack settles.  Call the Fifth Season for up to date conditions on Mt Shasta. 

Mount Shasta 8500 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

California Avalanche Advisories & Observations

Ice Climbing

Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing

Roadside Ice, June Lake                  Feb. 28th 

Roadside Ice, June Lake                  Feb. 28th 

June Lake ice is growing daily. The North Gully is in great shape again. Horsetail falls is nearly closed up and ready to climb again. Tatum falls has frozen over again and could be climbable with a few more days of cold. Roadside made a return this week and while there is only enough ice for a single party at the moment, it should continue to grow throughout this weekend. 

Lee Vining Canyon's Chouinard Falls remains the best bet for ice in California. Snow this week will continue to make the base of the routes easier and safer to move around on. The central routes continue to be fat, albeit picked out. The right side routes remain anemic and too dry to be called "ice routes."

Main Wall  without much water flowing on the wall, the routes are taking quite some time to come in. 

The Bard-Harrington and Narrows continue to be dry. 

Lee Vining Canyon Ice 8000 ft NOAA Weather Forecast

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Alpine Climbing

High Sierra Climbing

Too cold this week for all but the beefiest alpine climbers.

Palisades 12,000 ft NOAA weather forecast

Mount Shasta Climbing

See: Mount Shasta Skiing (above)


Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree

Rain is in the forecast for over the weekend with temps in the Mid 50's/30's.

Eastern Sierra

We would suggest skiing this week/weekend as the snow forecast extends down into Bishop. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Seriously, the weather gods are telling us that its ski season this weekend with snow in the valley as well. 

Tuolumne is closed for the season. There is little snow up there right now and without a drastic change is this Winter's weather we are expecting an early spring opening of Tioga Pass. 

Yosemite Valley NOAA Weather Forecast