Spinning to Paradise and Back

Spinning to Paradise and Back

Riders approaching the Durham Rest Stop, photo by Dave Wyman. Chico’s 30-year-old Wildflower still one of the best centuries to test your riding legs, even for a rookie over 50 By Tim Hauserman When you get to a certain age — say when the women you are riding with...
Mammoth Extends Reach

Mammoth Extends Reach

Mammoth Mountain is a massive sleeping volcano that last erupted some 50,000 years ago when it was even bigger, perhaps as high as 18,000 feet. The Main Lodge is bottom right. With daily flight service from the Bay, Mammoth lures Nor Cal skiers to the High Sierra By...
Scenic Sliding at Spooner Lake XC

Scenic Sliding at Spooner Lake XC

Uncrowded groomed tracks, like the Saint’s Rest Trail (above, photo by Tim Hauserman), and stunning lake views await skiers at Nevada’s lone cross-country resort, run by husband-and-wife Max Jones, skate skiing (right), and Patti McMullan, at the Wildcat Cabin (below...
Skate Skiers Unbound

Skate Skiers Unbound

Temperature inversions during clear sunny stretches in Sierra Valley can produce a skiable crust on meadows. Backcountry skate skiing captivates, doles out lessons to Tahoe writer Story and photos by Laura Read In the early spring, when warm days melt snow crystals...
Three Classic Eastside Couloirs

Three Classic Eastside Couloirs

North Couloir, Red Slate Mountain For some skiers, nothing beats “getting walled” Story and photos by Brennan Lagasse Although California’s ‘Range of Light’ is known for many things, to backcountry skiers it’s famous for some of the best couloirs found anywhere on the...
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