california had some fine skiing in the 2018-19 ski season the combination of stoke and great conditions delivered 136,382 vertical feet of touring and 52 ski days.
the season started off quiet with some fun resort days at mammoth in november and december. the storms started in earnest in january and we enjoyed some classic days of hiking for turns on our local socal alpine playground, mount baldy.
2/6 was particularly awesome conditions for socal. battling a 2am start from the westside and crosstown traffic to get to work on time was well worth it. boot top pow all the way to the car was our reward.
stability and conditions allowed exploring some of the steeper lines on baldy. ‘the dare’, ‘the hourglass couloir’, ‘the zen chute’, ‘the jusayno couloir’, and ‘the girlyman couloir’ all went down. after many work-bound and summer-bound days of reading about these lines on ‘sierra decents’ and other parts of the internet, it was really cool to get to experience these lines in pretty good conditions all around.
once the faucet opened, it stayed open thru januaray and feburary, leading to some really great touring days on the east side. the convict lake zone offered some great conditions in late jan and early feb, including a memorable exploratory mission up the pinner couloir on laurel mtn up to 10.6k feet.
a week long roadtrip in the end of march was filled with some awesome ski days. our schedule was pretty packed.
day 1: warm up tour out of convict lake. enjoyed some hot pow and some corn on a steep line on mini-morrison.
day 2: mt locke summit and ski. skied an awesome 2000’ corn ramp on the southeast aspect.
day 3: clipping bolts in the owens river gorge, with a sunset ski tour out of convict lake.
day 4: the bloody couloir! touring from 395 to the top. awesome.
day 5: mammoth pow day
day 6: touring for pow turns in the virginia lakes zone.
day 7: the pinner couloir, complete this time from the summit of laurel mountain!
in may nice weather and stable snow allowed for some more big lines to go down, like a super fun adventure on the south face of split mountain (14,064’), the north face of university peak, and the steep (for me) cat ear’s couloir on mount dade.
summertime arrived, and two awesome volcano trips went down. dad and i skied tahoma in a push. and hannah, corinne, and I finished it off with an awesome day up and down the hotlum-wintun ridge on mt shasta. we started at 1:30 am, and topped out just after 9am after seven thousand feet of perfect neve for climbing. the july sun went to work and cooked up a super sweet corn run to finish off the season!