The east face of Russell is technical and can be tight depending upon snow conditions. It is east facing, which means it gets sun early, and it also involves much steeper lines. The longest descents are from the peak, but they are very committing. Once you are up there, there is no backing out and escape routes are hard to come by should something slide.[more]
California is a big state, with lots of skiing in it. The snow is generally a maritime snowpack, which means it is heavy, but the sun is also generally out, which makes for a good time. there are a lot of really big peaks in california, with a lot of lines for people to ski.
How to Get There
California is as far west as you can get