Summer Is I-Cumin.

Summer skiing at Squaw Valley. Finally, the last run.
Credit: RogerRomani/

We are approaching the mid-summer mark and note that the monumental snow fall at Squaw Valley this winter has allowed die-hards to make a final run or two this week.  Season over. July 15.  Almost mid-summer.  My, my.

It makes you wonder what machinations of weather we will see next winter.  Conditions are shaping up for a neutral El Nino season out in the eastern Pacific, according to NOAA. That means the ocean water isn’t tending cooler or warmer.  Last year saw a La Nina condition (cooler ocean water) that made a huge impact on atmospheric conditions, especially in the North American west coast where the snow was epic.  A neutral condition in Winter 2017-18 will bring perhaps the same precipitation, but perhaps higher temps, too.  ‘Way too soon the tell, but we will be watching.

Since it is almost mid-summer, we thought we’d offer something different.

Here’s a poem by Gary Snyder, Mid-August At Sourdough Mountain Lookout.

Sourdough Mountain Lookout, Rockport, WA.
Down valley a smoke haze
Three days heat, after five days rain   
Pitch glows on the fir-cones
Across rocks and meadows
Swarms of new flies.
I cannot remember things I once read   
A few friends, but they are in cities.   
Drinking cold snow-water from a tin cup   
Looking down for miles
Through high still air.
Well, that’s the feeling we know a lot of our readers have when they take to the biking and hiking trails up in mountain country.
This week, we bring you an update about the Experticity discount situation.  Some new subscribers have been frustrated in trying to access the Experticity site where discounts on gear and clothing from top brands have been available to our readers.  The update will explain the status quo which is changing yet. We ask all to have patience as we work through this hiccup.

Also, our top 10 Trailmasters have been mailed their Debooters for their huge accomplishment this past winter in skiing their age.  If you want a sticker, we have a bunch.  Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to, Box 416, Hamilton, MA 01936.

Thanks for hanging with us; you are certainly not alone, because there are more of us every day and we aren’t going away!


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