Hike-to-Heli-Skiing @ Whistler Today Dec. 12th | Photo Tour

December 12th, 2012 by
Peak Chair tracks

CONDITIONS @ WHISTLER TODAY, DECEMBER 12th: – 8+” of light, sluffy, new snow on the upper mountain – Sunshine all day (this is a rare this time of year) with … Read More

Las Leñas Conditions 7/22: Powder Day!

July 22nd, 2012 by


Saturday 7/21 delivered the storm that we desperately needed here in Las Leñas, and today was a classic first sunny day powder day. This video shows the standard first powder day timeline: morning Cenidor runs, mid day Vulcano, and afternoon Marte. For many of us, today was the first true powder of the season, so stoke levels were running high.

It is hard to say how much fresh snow we’ve received. Something like 12 inches, with a whole lot of wind to really smooth things over and fill everything in. Conditions primarily consisted of good powder with a very light wind skin, with some areas looking a little scoured, and others with some breakable wind crust (carton).

Despite really heavy winds, ski patrol was kind enough to give us all one good Marte run in the afternoon. If you ever find yourself complaining that they don’t try to open Marte in heavy winds, remember today!

Patrol only opened Mercurio and “variations” today, so Eduardo and the South Wall remain untouched for tomorrow. It isn’t clear whether tomorrow will be blue, or stormy and gray instead.



Las Leñas Conditions 7/13: Some Soft Snow on the Upper Mountain

July 14th, 2012 by


Well, the wind has continued to work things over in Las Leñas the past few days. Just about every unsheltered slope is covered with rock hard, un-skiable sastrugi. Today, the Eduardo’s off-piste gate was closed, presumably due to how firm the snow was.

However, there is still some powder to be found up there. We skied reasonably soft snow on Cerro Martin today, and others reported powder on some other peaks on the upper mountain. Further, the current high pressure is beginning to develop some decent corn, if you can find anywhere that hasn’t been sastrugified.

Looking forward, it appears that we will have high pressure for the next week atleast. Again, although the current snow quality is frustrating, it’s hard to complain when Marte is open and most lines are filled in.

However, Snow Forecast is calling for “Heavy Snow” next Friday (the 20th) night, so the future is looking good.


Days 1-6 mid-mountain,

Days 1-6 mid-mountain,

Days 7-9, mid-mountain,

Days 7-9, mid-mountain,

South America Ski Update | Conditions Report from Las Leñas, Argentina

July 11th, 2012 by

One long run in the Labyrinth.

Overall, conditions are above average in Las Leñas at the moment. The base is much deeper than usual for this time of the year, and just about every named line is filled in. The south wall has already seen lots of traffic, whereas last season it was only skiable for about one week at the end of August. I believe the last time Las Leñas had a base this deep in early July was 2008.

Having said that, Las Leñas saw significant wind events (surprised?) last week, and just about everything is pretty firm and wind buffed. Temperatures have been warm and the sun has been out, so everything on the northern half and lower elevation has a breakable sun crust on it. However, if you go higher, south facing, and protected from the wind, there is still soft snow to be found.

At the moment, it is windy, cloudy, and lightly snowing. However, the sun is forecasted to make an appearance this afternoon.


Eduardo and the front side, looking very filled in for early July.

Eduardo and the front side, looking very filled in for early July.


Going forward, the forecast is calling for high pressure for the next week at least, with relatively low winds. While this means that powder skiing will be extremely hard to find, it also means that there is plenty of potential to enjoy Marte with loads of lines ready to ride. at mid-mountain for days 1-6. at mid-mountain for days 1-6. for mid-mountain, days 7-9. for mid-mountain, days 7-9.


Snowbird Conditions Report | Summer Skiing!

June 19th, 2012 by
Twin Peaks

Climbing and mountain biking was so last month, it’s time to ski again!  Weather you agree with that statement or not, we are skiers and boarders at heart and there … Read More

Whistler Conditions Report May 26 | Slush and Sun!

May 26th, 2012 by

It’s the last weekend of Whistler’s 2012 season. It’s warm outside, people are golfing, biking and even starting to hit the beach so is it still worth heading up the … Read More

7 Days and Counting | Can Mammoth Make it Through Memorial Day? Mammoth Conditions Update | May 21, 2012

May 22nd, 2012 by
spring skiing snowboarding slush corn snow

MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | The count is on – Less than a week to go before Mammoth’s lifts stop spinning… for skiing and snowboarding that is. With the end of … Read More

$69 Lift Tickets… The Snow’s Great, But Is It $69 Great? Mammoth Conditions Report | May 18, 2012

May 18th, 2012 by
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MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | When the beach weather’s so very nice it certainly can be difficult to think snow… Understood. Even around Mammoth Lakes GREEN is the predominant color these … Read More

What You Missed at Snowbird Today | Conditions Report 5/12 | Photos of THE WAVE

May 12th, 2012 by
Layed out!

If you missed skiing today, you better have a good reason.  Seriously.  Perfect corn, perfect weather, and lots of action.  I heard Mineral Basin had some great jibbing off the … Read More

It’s Springtime, Where Else Would You Rather Be? Mammoth Conditions Report | May 6, 2012

May 7th, 2012 by
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MAMMOTH CONDITIONS REPORT | There’s no denying that the snowpack is receding yet with temps in check (we’re talking highs in the 50s) most seem optimistic that there’ll be plenty … Read More