The Ups and Downs of California's Lingering Snowpack

Great for summer skiers, not so great for PCT thru-hikers.

The central Sierra's unusually high snowpack this year--195 percent of normal--has some outdoorsy types cheering and others muttering under their breath. Summer skiers are hitting the still-open slopes at resorts like Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley in swimsuits, but Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers must contend with treacherous snow slopes and raging rivers, turning the trail into "a long-distance mountaineering endeavor."