You guys, winter came, and then it just didn’t relent. And we’re not even a full month into January. Just what do I mean? Well parts of California saw 20 feet of snow….in just a few days last week. That’s about as much snow in one week that California has seen in entire winters in the last few years. Needless to say, it was the storm of the decade.

When it was all said and done, some peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains saw more than 200 inches of snow, while many ski resorts received more than 100 inches of snow. My home ski resort of Northstar California was one of many ski resorts that received more than 100 inches of fresh snow last week, while Mammoth Mountain Ski Area had even more, and was reported as having the most snowpack of any ski resort in America. And that was evident last Friday when I snowboarding down ski runs atop Mammoth Mountain in waist-deep snow. Ski runs with knee- and waist-deep snow!

As I’ve driven up and down California’s High Sierra the last week, I’ve seen some of the most beautiful landscapes and weather phenomena that I’ve ever seen. Like some serious Narnia shit. For the beach bum, perhaps it’s a nightmare, but for the snow-loving photographer, a dream, and one that hasn’t occurred in California for years.

But enough talk about how beautiful it was. Let’s get to the photos. See below from road-tripping up and down California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains the last week.

Mammoth Mountain chairlift on a powder day

The final minutes of Snowpocalypse 2017, riding the chairlift up Mammoth Mountain.

Bluebird day at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

And the following day at Mammoth Mountain, a bluebird day.

Mammoth Mountain Powder Day

The view looking to the top of Mammoth Mountain.

June Lake after snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

The snow-covered road to one of my favorite corners of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, June Lake.

June Lake Frozen Over

Yep, that’s a frozen over June Lake.

Highway 395 snowfall near Mammoth Mountain

Just outside of Mammoth Lakes and June Lake, what’s affectionately referred to as, “That 395 House.”

Fog over Mono Lake, California

My head, literally, in the clouds (or rather, above the fog), hovering above Mono Lake.

Sierra Nevada Mountains: Mono Lake Overlook in winter

Perfectly timed at the Mono Lake overlook, where fog had settled below the peaks and above Mono Lake.

Groomers at Northstar California ski resort

First chair this week at Northstar California

Northstar California bluebird day

What I can only describe as snow crystals blowing through the air after early-morning runs at Northstar California.

Sunset over Lake Tahoe from Mt Rose

And later that same day, sunrise over Lake Tahoe from the Mt. Rose Highway Scenic Overlook.

Sunset over Lake Tahoe from Mt Rose Overlook

Last light over Lake Tahoe from the Mt. Rose Scenic Overlook.

That other lake, Donner Lake, located in Truckee, and one of my favorite snowshoeing spots.

Donner Lake after snowfall

Donner Lake or Narnia?

I’m an ambassador for Northstar California, but all thoughts are mine.