Sonora Pass, CA Conditions Report: 11,572′ Leavitt Peak’s Y-Couloir

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

On Wednesday, I cruised down to Sonora Pass in the early morning hours from Squaw with a crew of Squaw snow humans.

We arrived at 9,624′ Sonora Pass a bit late at 9:00am and we were hiking by 9:30am.

Jan dropping into the Y-Couloir at 11,572′ off Leavitt Peak, CA on May 9th, 2018. image: snowbrains

Our goal was the Y-Couloir off 11,572′ Levitt Peak. 

We left the car at about 8,800′.

Dave and the Y-Couloir. image: snowbrains

Luckily, a stiff west wind was keeping things crisp and firm.

Of course, we ran into 2 more Squaw peeps in the parking lot – Scotty & Steve-O.

Jan showing his immaculate form on the lower benches. image: snowbrains

When you head south to Mammoth, Sonora, Tioga, Bishop this spring – expect to run into Tahoe people and nearly no one else…

The hike up was sunny, windy, and nice with a few rapidly passing clouds.

Sketchy entrance at top of Y-Couloir. image: snowbrains

The ridge and summit was windy AF.

The views were spectacular.

Miles stoked on summit. image: snowbrains

Scotty & Steve-O opted for a chute just northwest of the Y-Couloir that was thinner and steeper than the Y.

We went for the skiers right option of the Y and it involved a steep sidestep down a icy, rocky section.

Alex likes being on top. image: snowbrains

Once in the chute, the was firm in the top half and bottom half was creamy.

The chute was a great ski and likely around 750-vertical-feet of skiing.

Alex slash. image: snowbrains

After the chute we enjoyed fun corn for another 2,000-vertical feet of mellow rolly-polly terrain back to the car.  

Beers and banter at the car for at least an hour with the boys.

The boys on top. image: snowbrains

Drove down to Lee Vining and got Soft Serve Ice Cream at Mono Cone.

Grabbed a great camping spot in the forrest in Mammoth.

Happy post-ski crew with beers. image: snowbrains


Grilled chicken salad and lentil soup.

More beers.

Slept under the stars with plans to ski Mammoth the next day – Thursday.


Happy apres ski. image: snowbrains
Happy feet. image: snowbrains
Sonora Pass, CA. image: snowbrains
Mono Cone! image: snowbrains
Monorito! image: snowbrains
Ready to rock the night before takeoff. image: snowbrains
Lake Tahoe at 6:30am on May 9th, 2018. image: snowbrains
The boys on the way to the Y-Couloir. image: snowbrains

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