Early season will test the hardiest of snow enthusiasts while we anxiously watch the weather forecasts and wait for drought ending relief. California has been left behind the last couple years and it’s without a doubt that our time has come for some serious winter weather. It’s still too early to make any predictions but this year spirits are high with anticipation, and if the the current conditions are any indication, we are in for a doozy! Our proximity to the ocean, our latitide, and elevation make for an always changing landscape, it’s rarely dull and always inspiring.
The recent wet weather to effect California has been a relief to all who live and recreate here. Finally some much needed precipitation to fill our drained lakes and rivers and to bring snow back to starved skiers and riders. We’re not quite to full covereage yet, but it’s certainly improving and far better than the last couple seasons.
A brief break in the weather action allowed a chance to get out on the ridges and upper mountain. Above 8,000′ snow pack depths ranged between 120-140 cm (4-5′). Although still shallow, the pack is supportive from the high water content. Base building material we like to say. With a slight cooling, clearing skies, and light winds, this past weekend offered some stunning scenery and excellent ski conditions for the eager. Avalanche hazard was low but will surely change with the significant weather system to arrive Wednesday.
The Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center resumed operations to weekly advisories, always be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. We are about to receive anywhere from 6-10″ of precip as the next round of tropical depressions track towards Northern California. The high elevation of Mt. Shasta will turn this into 5-10 feet of snow. We hope the snow levels drop and brings the white stuff to our friends at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, our family and many others look forward to returning strong this season!
We know it’s early, but we are extremely excited about the upcoming winter season. With the new snow, backcountry skiing and riding will continue to improve. Our AIARE Avalanche courses will have good conditions and this sets us up well for the 2015 climbing season. We have much to be grateful for.
We invite you to come ski tour with SMG.
Holiday Cheer to our friends and families.