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tree skiing in CA is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different than here. Trees are VERY
widely spaced...and tree-wells are more of a hazard than eating bark. You
are more likely to drown than to crack your head open.

On 1/4/08, Denis Bogan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>  I've got my eye on it.  I'll be in LA on business the week of Jan. 28 and
> will follow that with a couple days of play at Mammoth, one of the very best
> ski mountains anywhere.  I do a lot of business trips to LA, many in the
> winter.  :)   However it doesn't have to be winter.  I have skied there on
> July 4, riding lifts.  John Crowley & Brooke came down from SF to join me.
> I have also skied Mt. Conness in the Tioga Pass backcountry in late June.
> First trip to Mammoth was with my son in Mar. 95.  It started to snow as we
> were driving there.  It was the leading edge of a "Pineapple Express" string
> of storms, just like what they are going to get now.  An hour after we
> arrived the roads were closed and remained closed for a week while it snowed
> 9 feet.  It stayed cold and the snow was light & dry; I'd call it British
> Columbia powder rather than Utah powder.  We never got up to the corniced
> ridge; too much wind and avy danger too high.  All lifts were closed for an
> hour or so a couple of times due to lightning.  Mammoth has a town shuttle
> bus with 4WD & chains which we took from town to mtn. each day.  It was a
> record snow year and in places the groomers had dug 20 foot deep trenches so
> the chairs wouldn't bottom out.  It was an amazing week.
>
> When the winds are howling and avy danger is high there are many
> alternatives.  You can XC ski up to the Mammoth Lakes (Lake Mary loop) on
> the Tamarack Trails touring system.  It is wind sheltered, out of any slide
> run out zones, and very beautiful.  June Mtn., 10 miles away and on the same
> lift ticket as Mammoth, is a little skied gem.  It is much more wind
> sheltered than Mammoth and has some of the best moderate angle trees
> anywhere that are safely out of any run out zones.  Few SO CA skiers venture
> into trees.  You can have uncut powder all day and come back next day for
> more of the same.
>
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