East Side Season – Green on Green

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

-Heraclitus

About a week and a 1/2 ago I came home from a particularly busy few days at work and was motivated to head back down the East side for another ski. Lindsay was agreeable to an impromptu road trip as long as “you pack the truck while I sit on the couch”. Deal. We were ready to go early the next morning.

After a great day of ripping some groomers at Mammoth with Lindsay, I met up with PK and Rusty for a classic East side shuttle tour. We received a brief, tiny (kind of forgettable) dusting of snow two days prior… but warm temperatures had us anticipating spring conditions.

Topping out on our first peak with Mono Lake views below

Just before we realized we are going to ski a smooth ramp of powder on this spring day…

Seeing a number of other groups headed towards the western summit we opted for the eastern peak for what looked like better snow conditions. As PK dropped in and powder plumes came off his skis, Rusty and I knew the day’s snow conditions were suddenly looking really good! If you zoom in on the looker’s left peak you can see our tracks.

“Tumble down shack in Bigfoot County…”

The top half of our second descent of the day continued the soft snow trend. The stoke was high as we cruised this fall-line classic!

This is one of those features in the terrain of the mountains that looks as though it was made for skiers to put their tracks on it.

Green on Green

Another gorgeous day in the mountains. We had set up camp the night before a little further down the road from the exit than we realized. Thankfully, Lindsay had the forethought to hop in the truck and cruise up the road, shortening our walk on the way out. Also thankfully, we brought shoes comfortable enough to “wear to Jamba Juice” so we were styling… Soft snow on this day had me thinking that maybe the season wasn’t over just yet……?

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