Welcome to MammothSnowman.com – Snow Season 2023
February 4th, 2023 @ 8 AM – Good morning, we have clear skies over Mammoth Mountain and the Eastern Sierra at this time. Look for a refreshing winter storm to move thru the area tonight through Sunday with 1-2 feet of fresh powder expected up on Mammoth Mountain.
Road Conditions: 395 is open and clear at this time, expect chain controls to come up late tonight all the way down to Toms Place. In Mammoth Lakes expect chain controls to be needed tonight into at least Monday.
Mammoth Mountain Weather: A Winter Storm Warning is up for tonight into Sunday evening. There will be snow moderate to heavy at times with snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour before sunrise with moderate snow showers forecasted through the day on Sunday.
If you’re going to be out on the hill today Saturday, expect increasing clouds during the afternoon hours with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. The wind will be out of the SW 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 – 55 mph over higher elevations.
On Sunday expect cloudy skies with moderate snow showers and moderate to strong winds out of the southwest at 35 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 70-85+ mph over higher elevations. I would expect weather holds of the mid and upper mountain most if not all of the day.
For the upcoming week and storm forecast, check out our Mammoth Mountain Weather forecast page.
Mammoth Snow Report & Conditions: The groomers are all in great shape with some crispy carvable groomed corduroy at the first bell. Most of that snow softens as the sun comes up and turns into a very fun ski and ride-packed powder.
I did find a few spots that are set up and firm due to the colder NE flow that has been in the area for the last week.
My advice is to break out the carving gear as the snow is perfect to ride an edge on right now. The snowpack has consolidated just enough that the base is not getting all chewed up and chopped up at all now.
Off the groomed: Up top some decent lines to ski and ride, but there are still lots of funky NE wind sculptures lurking. Dave’s has some good turns as does Climax. Both Cornice and Scotties are groomed with a firm surface to carve on.
Mid Mountain the face of 3 and 5 have some nice small bumps with some flater wind buff to the sides. Over on 5, the cat crew has groomed out Dry Creek and a nice section on the Face of Five. The turns on those runs have been sweet with the SW winds blowing in some nice soft duff to ski thru.
Of course with the next storm on the way, everything will change over to powder and soft groomed out packed powder over the next few days. Can’t wait to see the top back to being flat with some soft snow to ride on again.
Things to do off the Hill: There are a bunch of winter activities besides skiing and snowboarding you can do up here in Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra. Here is a link to that write-up on what to do in Winter.
Website News: I’m working on posting a fresh video snow report tour that will be posted later today. Will be back out on the hill come Monday and hope to get some fresh powder footage to post up next Tuesday.
Ski ya Later, Snowman
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Website Author – Steve Taylor – Mammoth Snowman – Over the last 35+ years, Snowman has spent countless hours studying and learning about Mammoth Mountain Weather and Snow Conditions first hand. He has been skiing around the hill with marked ski poles since March of 1991 so he can measure the fresh snowfall amounts out on the hill.
Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to MammothSnowman.com in 2004 with the Video & Photo Blog report. (No YouTube back then). Facebook got added to the fold back in 2008 and then the Facebook Group in 2016.
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