8-17-18 – 7 AM Good morning it’s a beautiful Friday here in Mammoth.
Taking a look at local area webcams you can see that in town and over the ski area we have mostly clear skies with just a hint of smoke.
Over in the Reds Meadows area, it’s very smoky and that smoke band is pouring over the Minaret Vista and sending smoke to the 395 and the June Lake Area.
You can also see that smoke has settled into Long Valley and the Crowley Lake area.
The Lion Fire is about 8 miles from Mammoth and is still at 70% containment and at this time is not a threat to town. This week we have not seen much smoke as the winds have been South to Southwest and that takes most of the smoke away from town.
How much longer will this continue? Maybe as long as a month is what the forest service is saying or maybe as long as the first rains and snows of the Fall season.
The weather pattern the next few days will be highlighted by a couple of weak troughs passing through the Pacific north-west. This will usher in a dry and windy period over the weekend and into early next week.
Those troughs will also increase the SW to West winds in the area. If winds do turn to the west the will bring a return to the smoke in town, but it remains to be seen if that west wind does set up.
Look for wind speed to pick up a bit this weekend with gusts 20-30 MPH over the higher elevations and then back to 10-20 MPH early next week.
High’s the next few days will be right around 80 in town with the mid-70s at Main Lodge and up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Lows are forecast to drop down into the 40’s with some Sierra locations into the upper 30’s.
Long Range looking at what we could see this Winter it appears at this time (and I am sure it will change) that we might be heading into a weak el Nino with warm water in the mid-Pacific.
That is not good for big snowfalls in Mammoth, we need to see that warm water closer to the coast and get it the strength to be in moderate range for a big winter.
We will keep an eye on how this all sets up in the next 60 days. Models can struggle with how much water builds up and at what strength and at what location.
Trail crews are doing a great jump of keeping the hill in great shape. Come on up for some great downhill action or a fun cross-country ride. Also to note that the Friday Downhill Races Series is happening every Friday at 5 PM, call the bike park for more information.
New this year they allow e-bikes out on the trails. If you struggle to ride at this high altitude an e-bike is the bomb.
You can rent an e-bike at Footloose Sports, they are right at the corner of Main and Old Mammoth road when you come into town.
Beyond the Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain has a cool adventure center for Families right at the base of Main Lodge. There is also a shuttle at Main that will take you down to Reds Meadow and back to Main at the end of the day.
Last but not least check out a scenic Gondola Ride to the top, if you have an Ikon Pass you get to ride up FREE.
Hiking is now wide open, trails in the Lakes Basin are in great shape with most of the snow gone now. If you’re hiking my advice is to start out early when it’s cool and at that time you will find fewer people in the trails.
As for Mountain Biking out of the bike park, all the USFS trails are now open. If you’re riding downhill on the Mammoth Rocks trail BEWARE of horses and lots of hikers.
If you need to rent a downhill or e-bike or have you’re biked worked on Footloose Sports is the spot right when you hit town.
Fishing season is going off with some great fish coming out of Crowley, the Owens River and Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.
The town’s paved trail system is all open, try taking your bike on the trolley get off at horseshoe lake and ride back all the way to the Village on mostly flat and downhill terrain.
Camping is now wide open with just Devil Post Pile campground closed.
Summer Improvements: Canyon Lodge is getting a major remake with lots of work taking place this Summer. We are told this will take 2-3 years to complete and when they are done Canyon will have a whole new look.
Besides the Lodge, Chair 16 is going to be replaced and realigned to unload near the top of chair 4. The new lift will be a 6 pack for weekend and holiday relief.
Up at Main, they added in some fun stuff at the adventure center. The biggest add-on is the Mammoth Zip Line that goes from the top all the way down to Main Lodge. That project will not be finished until September.
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