Okay, I'll share another Sky Island secret. Ski from the summit of Mt Lemmon Ski Valley to Summerhaven. Years ago I had taught skiing at the Lemmon while stumbling and Rambling at the U. I had skied to Summerhaven in those days of snow twice via the ridge - once in moonlight - and once down the canyon - moonlight didn't help much. I returned to S AZ on Groundhog Day 2010 and was teaching within a couple of weeks after injuries opened up a spot. There was more snow on Mt Lemmon that year than my prior home hill, Sierra at Tahoe. There hadn't been that much snow in Southern Arizona in about 10 years, and there hasn't been a big year since. I mentioned that I knew the route how to ski to Summerhaven and one of the other instructors shamed me into showing him the way. The two of us were most likely the last people to ever be able to do this, unless there's some version of huge change in the climate again. In my nearly 20 years at Lake Tahoe we saw witness to potential other last descents. So sad. There are areas as far north as the Rockies in Canada that are seeing their last descents as well. I haven't been able to ski in about 5 years and still that makes me very, very sad.
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