California Climbing and Backcountry Skiing Report- March 15th

The storm cycle continues to provide us snow in the higher elevations making skiers gin from ear to ear. Another system is lining up to bring precipitation to California next week,  lets keep our fingers crossed that they continue to bring snow.  

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

There has been 4-20'' of new snow over this week and a rain down low.  The snow line throughout this storm has hovered at 8600'.  The storm may bring 20''-35'' over Friday and Saturday. Sunday-next week are going to be the best days for backcountry skiing.  The best snow can be found at 9000' and above.  Definitely read the avi report before going out! 

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 Tahoe has gotten the bulk of the precipitation from this storm and snow down to lake level. Sunday through next week  look to be the days to slash some backcountry powder. 

Mount Shasta

This season Shasta has been hit hard by every storm.  They will be getting heavy snow all weekend. 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

This storm brought rain for lower elevations and decimated the ice in June lake within hours. Through this weekend overnight lows will be in the teens, so hopefully the ice will make a brief return before the end of the season. 

The day before the storm we had a fun day of climbing in Lee Vining but since this last system we haven't been back in the canyon.  Hopefully the rain did not melt away the ice in the canyon. 

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 forecasted for Friday then sunny with highs in the mid 50's and winds 15-20 mph. 

Eastern Sierra

The forecast calls for snow in the ORG over the weekend. Next week the weather clears and temps rise to the high 50. 

Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows

Seriously, the weather gods are telling us that its ski season this weekend with rain 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.