Tioga and Sonora Passes – mid May

In the late season (April/May) backcountry riders and skiers watch the CalTrans website religiously in anticipation of opening dates for the high sierra passes. When the passes open to cars they provide great access to some of the amazing terrain that is more difficult to get to in the winter. Here’s some pics from two of the popular passes in mid May.

Heading up Tioga Passpasses/1.jpg

Booting up Ellery Bowlpasses/2.jpg

Looking down the Ripper Chutepasses/3.jpg



Mmcpheet our designated skier is nextpasses/6.jpg

Seth plays clean uppasses/7.jpg


Skinning back up to the plateaupasses/9.jpg

On top looking towards Mono Lakepasses/10.jpg

Seth takes a quick break before we head over to Chute Outpasses/11.jpg

Seth in the Chute Out chutepasses/12.jpg


The next day we drove north to Sonora Passpasses/14.jpg

Seth skinningpasses/15.jpg

The geology here is uniquepasses/16.jpg

Pick a line any linepasses/17.jpg

Seth dropping into the Y Couloirpasses/18.jpg


Seth on our second runpasses/20.jpg

Venture plug at the pick up spot at the hairpin turnpasses/21.jpg

Looking backpasses/22.jpg

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