12 wintry photos from recent storms in the Eastern Sierra


An atmospheric-river-fueled weather system that dump snow over the Eastern Sierra last week has created a winter wonderland along the 395 corridor and given skiers in the Mammoth Mountain area reason to cheer. With a 10-foot base depth on the hill, they’ll be skiing late into spring.

Off the mountain, the scenes along Highway 395 are picture perfect.

The view from above

A snowy Owens River from above

Footprints from fishermen and hikers in the snow along the banks of the Owens River near Mammoth Lakes.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Rock Creek

Snowy boulders

Snow from January storms covers boulders along Rock Creek.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A man on cross-country skis

Local resident Steve Toups skis up Rock Creek Road on a sunny and windy day.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Buried and blustery

A ski lift is almost empty

High winds and frigid temperatures kept all but the most die-hard skiers and riders off Mammoth Mountain.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A "Slow" road sign buried in snow

Snow drifts remain on Lake Mary Road from a January storm in Mammoth Lakes.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Snow is blown off the mountains

Fierce winds blow snow off the Sierra Nevada in a view from Mammoth Lakes.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Scenes along U.S. 395

The Green Church in the snow

Snow covers the grounds of the Green Church, a landmark for Mammoth Lakes visitors along U.S. 395.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Two people walk in the snow.

Two people trek through snow-covered Long Valley toward natural hot springs near Mammoth Lakes.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A large plume of snow behind a road plow

A Mono County snowplow clears the shoulder and bike lane on Lake Crowley Drive, just off U.S. 395.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Round Valley

Cattle graze near a snowy mountain

Cattle graze in a Round Valley meadow against a backdrop of a snow-covered Sierra Nevada.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A deer trots across the road

A deer crosses to join others drinking water from Horton Creek in Round Valley.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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