50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California  by Paul Richins

50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California Guide Book

by Paul Richins (The Mountaineers Books)
50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California  by Paul Richins
This guide offers some of the finest ski and snowboard descents in California's Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada. Grouped into nine geographical regions, these summits represent the best of the best—from well-known destinations to more remote areas to a sampling of the highest peaks. Historical anecdotes about each region round out the guide for an entertaining and informative read. Trips range from a half day to seven days, and while all can be completed on either snowboard or skis, the author makes specific recommendations for the best snowboard descents. Each trip description includes a complete narrative of the ascent and descent plus information on trip highlights, trip duration, level of difficulty, mileage, elevation gain, and access. The appendix includes a list of California’s highest peaks.

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Trails from the "50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California" Guide Book
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Like Mount Tom only 3 air miles to the north, Basin Mountain is one of the premier ski descents in the area. The peaks are similar in a number of ways: both have striking couloirs plainly visible from ...
Bishop, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 4
Birch Mountain is one of seven east-side summits included in this guide. The other east-side summits included in this guide are Dunderberg Peak, Bloody Mountain, Mount Morgan (North), Mount Morgan (So ...
Big Pine, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 12
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The impressive north face and the distinctive couloirs of Bloody Mountain can be seen from as far away as Conway Summit on Highway 395, more than 40 miles to the north. This popular descent is one of ...
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 6
This area has been a backcountry ski destination for many decades. The gentle terrain and the ease of access contribute to the area’s popularity. The Sierra Club’s Peter Grubb Hut is located in Round ...
Soda Springs, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 6
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Short approaches coupled with inspiring views and steep terrain make this an excellent and popular area for the backcountry skier and snowboarder. Sawtooth Ridge is well known for its superb alpine mo ...
Bridgeport, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 10
As you approach Conway Summit from Bridgeport, the twin summits of Dunderberg Peak are prominent from Highway 395. The peak offers numerous descent opportunities on all sides; the best are the two to ...
Lee Vining, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 14
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Florence Peak is the tallest peak in the ring of summits high above Mineral King Valley and has two fine ascent and descent routes from its summit. One route is via Farewell Gap and the Bullfrog Lakes ...
Visalia, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 12
This is a long, single-day summit with over 5,000 feet of elevation gain, so get an early start. Koip Peak is one of the highest peaks in the area and is much higher than it appears. Mount Dana, 6 mil ...
Lee Vining, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 12
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This is a great spring trip. Ascend 2,000 feet, following the route of the summer hiking trail on the south side of the peak to the summit, then descend 4,000 feet to the Devastated Area to the east. ...
Mineral, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 7
The traverse of Lassen Peak is a rewarding trip. The scenery is exceptional, the terrain is excellent for telemark skiing, and the snow is always superb. This traverse is seldom done, perhaps because ...
Susanville, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 14
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This superb midwinter tour is one of the easier trips in this guide and is an excellent introduction to overnight winter camping. Pass by Koenig Lake and ski west up the broad ridge to the summit of L ...
Walker, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 16
Matterhorn Peak is the highest and most striking summit along the jagged Sawtooth Ridge, which includes such aptly named peaks as The Three Teeth, The Sawblade, The Cleaver, Cleaver Peak, The Dragtoot ...
Bridgeport, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 10
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Mount Brewer is the dominant peak in a region of dominant peaks. Within a 4-mile radius of Mount Brewer there is a cluster of superb peaks, each exceeding 13,000 feet, that are highly prized among cli ...
Fresno, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 28
The Little Lakes Valley is a popular area for backpackers in the summer. More than sixty small lakes fill the glacial valley, and the trail passes countless meadows, abundant wildflowers, and numerous ...
Toms Place, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 20
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Superb backcountry ski terrain makes the Tioga Pass area a favorite of many skiers in winter and spring. Due to the high elevation and ample snow depths, skiing remains good into early June. Unfortuna ...
Lee Vining, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 8
There is no more inspiring sight in the Sierra Nevada than the view of Mendel Couloir and the Darwin Glacier as you crest Lamarck Col. From this vantage point, the upper slopes of the Darwin Glacier a ...
Bishop, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 18
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This is a wonderful tour in exquisite terrain—a good trip for an intermediate skier. This route can be completed easily in a single day or made into a relaxing overnight trip. The Ridge Lakes, just 2 ...
Mineral, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 6
This trip is truly a wilderness classic, traversing some of the finest, most rugged backcountry ski terrain found anywhere. The approach to Mount Goddard takes the adventuresome backcountry skier over ...
Aspendell, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 32
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As is the case with University Peak, Mount Gould’s neighbor to the south, the best time to ski Mount Gould is in the spring before or immediately after Onion Valley Road is opened to Onion Valley. The ...
Independence, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 16
Like the nearby summits of Mount Tom and Basin Mountain, Mount Humphreys is easily visible from Bishop, and the view of Humphreys’ twin couloirs on the peak’s north face is indeed impressive. From afa ...
Bishop, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - Trail Length: 10
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