Mammoth Snowman Report – 2-8-2017


2-9-2017 – 7 AM We have rain now in Town, at Little Eagle and Canyon Lodges. It’s a mix of rain and snow at Main.

The snow line right snow is about half way up Broadway.

Over the last 24 hours the mountain has picked up 5-24+ inches of fresh heavy wet snow and we have moderate snow still falling at this time.

The weather for the rest of week will continue to be wet and windy. Snow levels will continue to stay above 8000-9000 feet until late on Thursday when they come down to around 8000 or just below.

FYI Canyon Lodge is at 8400 feet while Main Lodge is at the 8900 foot level.

Highs the next few days at Main Lodge will be in the low 30’s with a low tonight of around 30. That is going to result in some heavier powder and rain soaked snow low down.

Winds today will be moderate in the higher elevations, with a southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, winds could gust as high as 55 mph.

On Thursday winds will be back to strong and damaging, with a southwest wind 60 to 65 mph, with gusts as high as 95 mph above the 9000 foot level.

For today thru Friday expect the top to be closed and Main Lodge will have issues running at times with extremely heavy wet snow falling and those strong winds.

How much snow will we get the rest of the week:

Today expect 3-5 inches from Mc Coy station up. On Thursday a new system rolls in and last into Friday with a good 1-2 feet of snow at Canyon and Main with 2-3+ feet over the top of Mammoth Mountain. Snow Levels will come down to below 8000 feet by Friday

Roads are now R1 in town and up to the Main Lodge, lots of water and slush out there chain up and slow down today.

Snow conditions:  Rained on snow from Main Lodge down to Little Eagle. Wax up it will be like skiing and riding on spring snow. Above Main Lodge if we get the lifts running there is some thick fresh wet powder to be had.

All lifts and runs are now open (weather permitting) on Mammoth Mountain on a base of 150 to 350 inches of snow.

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Photo Snow Report with comments from the Snowman.

The first few images are of Scotties. They have been grooming it out nightly for some steep fun groomed out speed runs. Most people hit up Cornice so this area had much less traffic on it.

Scotties runs right into St Anton so you can ride the cord all the way back to the bottom Gondola.

Top of the World Climax

Gold Hill via Chair 9 – All the groomers leading down to chair 9 are perfect corduroy in the mornings. I was able to get 6 laps in before it got tracked up.   The Dragons Head and Back are all filled in, give them a shot on the next powder day they are open. 
Havasu Grande – Easy to get in with all the snow, still have not got to ski it yet.

Another real fun run it go to the top of five and bomb down the comeback trail over to 3. China and Christmas bowl are now one big merged run and they are groomed perfectly into Coyote. This is a fun fast and steep groomed run, give it a shot today. 
Terry’s Run is closed for racing a lot, but on Monday it was opened with perfect cord all the way down. Best part is there is never much traffic in here so you can ski or ride fast.  Looking out to St Anton with the top of 1 and 3 in the image. Look at all that snow, we will be skiing at least until the 4th of July. Took some laps over on chair 12, nobody was around so I got turn after turn on more perfect corduroy. The k2 wanted to make some big round turns as you can see in this image. Fascination for fast fun at Main and Chair 1. Saddle Bowl has become one massive run. West Bowl Hangman’s Bowl – Yes it is still steep and scary Half Pipe Competition this week

Now is the time to make plans to come to Mammoth and see and play in all this snow.

Ski ya later… Snowman out

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