Ski & Snowboarding

Backcountry Ski and Snowboarding the Sherwins to Ranch Road Egress

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  • Hiking and skiing the Sherwins Range is a favorite pastime for locals and offers some of the best frontcountry, earn-your-turns skiing in the country. Hike up along the Lakes Basin Winter Public Access Corridor from the closure on Lake Mary Road (after you cross Old Mammoth Road look for boot tracks on the left leading up to the ridge), or skin up from the closure on Old Mammoth Road. This is high-consequence avalanche terrain; bring appropriate gear and check with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) before you go. Note: the route across the golf course is egress only – you can’t start from the Ranch Road Gate. Please follow all posted signs and be courteous to everyone you meet.

  • Hiking and skiing the Sherwins Range is a favorite pastime for locals and offers some of the best frontcountry, earn-your-turns skiing in the country. Hike up along the Lakes Basin Winter Public Access Corridor from the closure on Lake Mary Road (after you cross Old Mammoth Road look for boot tracks on the left leading up to the ridge), or skin up from the closure on Old Mammoth Road. This is high-consequence avalanche terrain; bring appropriate gear and check with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) before you go. Note: the route across the golf course is egress only – you can’t start from the Ranch Road Gate. Please follow all posted signs and be courteous to everyone you meet.

Avalanche Forecast for 01/17/2020

  • AVALANCHE FORECAST: 12”+ of new snow fell last evening with sustained extreme winds out of the SW. Winds will continue to transport snow into dangerous wind slabs throughout today resulting in HIGH avalanche danger at tree line and above and CONSIDERABLE below tree line. Sensitive storm slabs in sheltered terrain will contribute to the avalanche concern. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Find out More
  • Experience Checklist

    • Avalanche safety gear
    • Backcountry Partner
    • Beanie
    • Complete backcountry Ski/Snowboard Kit
    • Day pack
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • Knowledge and understanding of local conditions
    • Knowledge of conditions & safety/rescue procedures
    • Ski goggles
    • Ski goggles or sunglasses
    • Ski helmet
    • Ski or snowboard boots
    • Ski pants & jacket
    • Ski poles
    • Skis or snowboard
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Warm clothing
    • Water
    • Windbreaker/shell
    • Winter gloves

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    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    3.4 miles
    Trail Surface
    Snow
    Duration
    Half day

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