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Tahoe local and friend of SnowBrains Josh Daiek tackled some serious projects this past winter. A lot of which, were in his own backyard in the Eastern Sierras of California. This video shows him skiing a massive chute somewhere in the Sierras with a bit of a funny entry to the line. RELATED: VIDEO: Pro Skier Josh Daiek Sends Biggest […]
At the end of every season, a spring Mammoth Mountain trip is called for. We left Donner Summit, CA early on Saturday morning and showed up for some afternoon fun. Friday night brought low temperatures, skiffs of new snow, and high winds, so we took our time and let things heat up. Lower aspects were perfect creamy corn snow– always a spring favorite. Steep wind buffed […]
We headed up to 12,397′ Dunderberg Peak, CA from Mammoth on Saturday. We met up with a terrific cast of characters and had an incredible time. About 4-8″ of new snow coated the mountain and a thick fog we hoped would lift clung to the mountain like glue all day. The new snow allowed skinning directly to the summit with no boot-packing. […]
Hope you are all enjoying summer at this point. We are! After the driest winter on record, the High Sierra experienced one of the wettest calendar months ever. The town of Bishop hit May records for amount of rainfall and consecutive days with precipitation. In June, mountain weather has remained somewhat unusual with daily high temperatures spanning more than 30 degrees F in many locations.
The last couple weeks have not brought much snowfall to the Tahoe basin, however there are plenty of good turns to be had if you play your cards right. Most worthy objectives will come in the form of springtime corn shredding, but there is still some recycled powder out there on sheltered high elevation north-facing slopes. Over the last week we checked out some of the classic couloirs of the Eastern Sierras and rowdy terrain of […]
It hasn’t snowed in weeks? months? years? I can’t even remember anymore. But here’s the thing: sliding down snowy mountains is fun, even during a drought. The high elevation and crystal clear nights keep the snow in the High Sierra nice and wintery even when it’s tee shirt weather down in town. The crux is mustering up the motivation to get to it. While I haven’t been ski touring as much as usual this year, every time that I have gone out I’ve had a great time. On February 18, two friends and I set out to ride some chutes north […]
I was pretty much ready to throw in the towel and give up on winter for the season. With a rapidly melting snow pack and phenomenal dirt for mountain biking, why fight it? I began settling into my summer routine when mother nature sneak attacked with a nice little thunderstorm. My first thought was of how good the mountain biking would be, but as the storm got colder and flakes began falling my mentality instinctively flopped to skiing. I jumped on my computer to research snow reports […]