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east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 28, 2010 - 10:15am PT
it's back!
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Nov 28, 2010 - 10:28am PT
chief cook and bottle washer?

powder is something for people on pensions up the east side, redneck basin-and-rangers, and, among the rest of us, those with disposable income. the poor people of los angeles might as well try skiing on cocaine.

talk to me about corn, corn, corn. corn is all i want, corn is all i do, corn is all i understand.

once every five years or so there's a couple good powder weeks in so cal, extending perhaps as far north as lone pine. impossible stuff, throws your timing off, has to be relearned every time, by which time it turns to cement.

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Nov 28, 2010 - 11:43am PT
This thread is worthless without pics!

from where the anecdotes roam
Nov 28, 2010 - 12:08pm PT
if californians want to use the word powder when they mean unconsolidated accumulation let's let them. we don't want the hordes unleashed on some sort of a quest to find the real thing.

the word powder can be abused from the other side too. we suffered a dry spell, sunshine and chinook winds at a favorite area up north and were left with boilerplate ice on a slope such that the drop knee crew left a certain steep pitch under the chair to others.

one morning we received a huge dump of rib deep feathers, so i steered my leading ski toward the slope in question and was disconcerted to hear my edges clattering on the ice way down below. down i went onto a hip (later revealed to be bruised) and sustained a rather long plowing of furrow straight down the fall line.

that's not powder skiing either, it's something rarer

Trad climber
Nov 28, 2010 - 12:57pm PT
Out here in the Rockies we're pretty sure that the state of California has no idea what powder is. Unless they've skied about 1000 miles East of the Sierra. Or The Ruby's.

Fresh snow does not powder make.

No matter what you Californians say about powder in response to my statement

you're wrong.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2010 - 12:58pm PT
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2010 - 01:13pm PT
Pate , your so right! We here on the eastside have no idea about powder, windbuff( know what that is?) steep chutes, bluebird days, faceshots, endless backcountry,spring corn, and oh yeah perfect granite, Dude YOU ARE THE MAN!!!The rockies RULE!!!! Right on bro! Cheers!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 28, 2010 - 03:29pm PT
Washington powder- much maligned also, by the ignoranti.
Base of Burgundy Spire - Washington Pass area...

Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Nov 28, 2010 - 05:19pm PT
ESU is absolutely right, but somehow, it's home.
John Moosie

Beautiful California
Nov 28, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
Not powder, but funny. This last storm, after 3 inches of snow, the rangers made the highway around Wawona R3. 4wheel drives needed chains. None of our local rangers have any snow experience. The locals complained and there was a meeting that night with the rangers. I don't know what was decided, as I missed the meeting, but they took down the R3. They have a steep learning curve to attain. I would be prepared for more R3 conditions on our highway.. aack.. Hopefully they will figure it out to just ask the road crew.

Trad climber
Nov 28, 2010 - 06:42pm PT
Credit: Studly
Credit: Studly
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Nov 28, 2010 - 06:45pm PT
t*r, you asked for it. i'd wear knee protection for this:


Gym climber
its nice here in the spring
Nov 28, 2010 - 07:03pm PT
Pate may disparage California "powder", but my sierra cement trained 15 yo had little trouble adapting to Colorado powder, but when my friend and his kids came out from colorado they were reduced to skiing the groomed by a mere 12" of sierra "powder".
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2010 - 07:17pm PT
Had a great day!, skiis, gaytrays, sleds, rockies, sierras, duluth min, its all good, just to play in the fresh!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 28, 2010 - 07:24pm PT
Hate to break it to you interior range boys but indeed there is some great powder in the Sierra, it won't last long the Great Pacific will have it's way.

Over the top skiing for early season and the days are still getting shorter!!!!!!!

Nov 28, 2010 - 08:32pm PT
It is good that so many live in such ignorance. Yes, there is no powder on the East Side. You can't shred (uncrowded) pow to your hearts content and then boulder in a t-shirt or sports bra that afternoon. It is hearsay. Nothing to see here. Move along. Back to your -15 below deciduous trees to get cut off by Texans. Or sit in I-70 traffic. Where they call a six inch storm a "dump". Keep the blinders on.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Feb 28, 2012 - 03:44am PT
This thread definetly needs more pics

Whistler Backcountry
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 09:06am PT
Yep, nothing like that here in S. Cal. But sometimes if you squint just right....
San Gabriel Mtn. Powder
San Gabriel Mtn. Powder
Credit: can't say

edit: lifted from the internets

Boulder climber
Butte, America
Feb 28, 2012 - 09:24am PT
Lame little vid of tree powder at the "Local" :


Dingleberry Creek, Ideeho
Feb 28, 2012 - 10:35am PT
D Basin is the titz.

I loved doing laps on the Limelight lift, hitching rides from the snowmobees into the Mother Lode bowl and Snaggletooth.
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