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#49626 - 04/21/17 10:22 AM Current skiing/summit conditions
NateKush Offline

Registered: 04/21/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Squaw Valley
Heading down to Mammoth for work this weekend from Tahoe and thinking of making a pit stop to ski Whitney after I am done. I have been looking at all the posts but haven't seen anything very recent showing how low the skiable snow pack is.... Also word on the street is it might actually be skiable from the summit?

Thanks in advance!

#49629 - 04/21/17 12:56 PM Re: Current skiing/summit conditions [Re: NateKush]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7386
Loc: Fresno, CA
I would think you could ski down to Lower Boy Scout Lk on the North Fork. It's at 9,500'. Below that, you will need to see as you go up.

There were some kamikaze daredevils from Utah posting a few weeks ago on Instagram of their exploits skiing some narrow chutes, and they showed one from the Windows on Whitney. But that is just an accident waiting to happen.

Depending on the conditions from the top of the Notch, AND on your skill level, you might be able to ski down from there.

If I were you, I'd call Elevation in Lone Pine -- I think they talk with climbers often.

#49650 - 04/23/17 10:23 PM Re: Current skiing/summit conditions [Re: NateKush]
goldscott Offline

Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 112
Loc: San Diego, CA
I just skied Whitney on Saturday, from just below the notch all the way down to about 9300 ft (where the avalanche occurred). It's possible to ski a bit further. The final 400 is skiable, but there's a rock band near the bottom that you'll want to avoid. Timing is everything - hit the chute before it gets shaded around 1-2 PM.

#49652 - 04/23/17 10:40 PM Re: Current skiing/summit conditions [Re: goldscott]
goldscott Offline

Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 112
Loc: San Diego, CA
Here's a photo looking up the final 400. The rockband looks to be in the center, but is actually near the bottom of this steep snowfield.