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Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada

Snowmaking in the Time of Drought

THAT THE SIERRA might not be so very nevada one day might have been inconceivable to the Spaniards who named the range, or to members of the Donner Party who struggled through house-high drifts, or to those World War II-era entrepreneurs who built ski lifts reaching to the tops of Mammoth Mountain, Tahoe’s Slide Mountain, Mount Lincoln, Heavenly Peak, and Squaw Peak. But Sierran snow seems to have become more fickle. Although there have been the hallelujah winters

The Winter Of His Disbelief After 35 years of exploring, skiing, and documenting the Sierra Nevada, photographer and snow surveyor John Dittli thought he had seen it all. He hadn't.

I’M NOT A SUPERSTITIOUS GUY, BUT REALLY, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. I’m no meteorologist either, but after 35 years of living in the high country, …