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  1. #1
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    Where can I find beta for San Jacinto Peak in SoCal?

    If the snow comes I'm doing a desert ski trip, starting with San Jacinto Peak's couloir, I think it's called Snow Creek

    I've come across sparse trip reports. There doesn't appear to be a SNOTEL in the area. Is there a weather station? A San Jacinto range snow depth monitor? How much snow do they need for this thing to be in? Good time of year? I was thinking early-mid march. Is there a tram that takes you to the area or do we get to climb 9000ft?

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    Google?

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    I need to go to Utah.
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    Yeah, Utah. It's wedged in between Wyoming and Nevada. You've seen pictures of it, right?

    So after 15 years we finally made it to Utah.....


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    https://www.pstramway.com/
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    i party at the base every October and have wondered if that area gets skied much. appears to be kinda bony and avy path riddled. hate to ski it in flat light due to numerous terrain features that might make navigating difficult. post up if you go.
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    Call a ranger there about snow conditions and use the tram cams to see how much snow there is nearby.

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    ah great ideas. I didn't really know how popular the area was/if people thought skiing was ridiculous. I've never met anyone that has heard of it.

    I called the forest service in NV about the Ruby Mountains and the woman who answered unironically said "skiing? You're going... skiing? Here?". So I wasn't sure what kind of response I'd get in southern california

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkk View Post
    I called the forest service in NV about the Ruby Mountains and the woman who answered unironically said "skiing? You're going... skiing? Here?". So I wasn't sure what kind of response I'd get in southern california
    Yeah, northern Nevada has like 28 full time residents.
    SoCal has 30 million.
    You work out which will see more visitation...



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    What would be the best time of year to ski it? Is April in the San Jacintos basically summer already? Is March too wintery?

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    Poke around SierraDescents.com

    IIRC, Desert Water Agency used to bar access across their land (at the base of Snow Creek) No idea what's going on with that now. Probably hasn't come up much in recent years because consistent snow to the bottom has been nonexistent as far as I'm aware.

    Even if Snow Creek isn't in, it would still be fun to take the tram and just yo-yo some stuff near the summit and then tram back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkk View Post
    What would be the best time of year to ski it? Is April in the San Jacintos basically summer already? Is March too wintery?
    The best time to ski it is when it's in down low. Some years recently that hasn't happened at all. Southern Cal low elevation snowpack has become fleeting to nonexistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
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    pm BigTim.

    I haven't seen him around the interwebs, but I'm sure he could be helpful. Perhaps he'll get an email notification of a pm.

    Or, pm'ing rontele always works. That guy knows more local lines than Benny.

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    I believe OTTime has posted about skiing San Jacinto. He probably has some insights.

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    this could just be a mediocre troll, don't think OG
    hollywood elite thought ski when the snow lined up.
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    I've skied that

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    i’ve seen potential and talked to a couple core but i’ve yet to run into the Palm Desert Ski Crew in my exportation. cool that you’ve skied off that mountain range, mike. i’ve only seen snow up there in the greater coachellahot promotional material.
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    it was a fucking pain in the ass

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    powdork.com - new and improved, with 20% more dork.

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    Had a legit pow day up there in 08. Wrote a TR here but too lazy to look for it now and I think the pic links broke anyway. Only stuck to the front side. I do remember an article in the old Couloir mag about the Snow Creek decent. I think it also discussed the illegality of crossing the water depts land at the base.
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    Too serious a climb/descent for me, PM "Sticksplitman" and "Twisted Testacles" in Pasadena.

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    It is in condition rarely and for short periods, so it is really hard to plan a trip for it. More of keeping your ear to the ground and go with all the factors line up. It can be a giant icy alley way too to bottom, powder and ice, rocks hidden by powder, down climbs and rappers, and then you end in private property (a water district that does not appreciate skiers or climbers). Back in the day there were also a couple of really big dogs to add a pucker factor. I dont know the current status of land access. Some people ski down and climb back up and out since it can involved massive bush wacking. All that said, I havent been then in 30 plus years.

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