11-21-2018 @ 8:30 AM – Winter Storm Warning from 6 PM today to 6 AM Thursday, get ready for a White Thanksgiving.
Expect Chain Controls Wednesday night & Thursday in town and up to Main Lodge.
Good morning from Mammoth Mountain, the ski area is open with Chairs 1, Chair 11 and G1 to Mid Chalet. G2 is open for scenic rides only at this time.
Runs currently open are Broadway, Upper Stump Alley, St Moritz, Silver Tip, Rustys, Andys Double Gold, and Sesame Street.
They also have a terrain park set up with 6 jibs in the Main Park slope-style area.
Snow conditions are 100% man-made, so you have 12-18 inches of a firm base with a soft groomed out surface. The snow is best before noon, my advice is to get on the hill right at 8:30, the first two hours are the best.
Snowmaking continues with snow being blown on Saddle Bowl, Stump Alley, Forest Trail, and Mambo. It’s slow going without any natural snow and no snowmaking during the day.
The good news is we will finally have a change in the pattern coming Tonight. At this point, we are looking at a White Thanksgiving, just what we need to kick off the holiday season.
The big question is what will be open for Thanksgiving beyond what is open now? That will all depend on snowfall, right now chair 3 as zero snow. They are making good progress on Stump Alley and if we get a foot tonight I would expect that lift to open by Friday, maybe even tomorrow.
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Mammoth Mountain Weather
Today’s weather forecast for Mammoth Mountain is calling for increasing clouds today with high’s in the 30s with a low tonight down around 25. Expect a light south wind 15-30 MPH with higher gusts over the top of the mountain.
For this first system, we expect snow and rain to pick up later today, it might even hold off till after dark. Snow becomes heavy at times overnight with just snow showers for Thanksgiving Day.
Snow levels look to be between 7000-7500 feet for this first storm, the second storm will be warmer so 7500-8000 feet for that smaller system.
Snowfall totals from this first system are expected to be in the 12-18 inch range from Main Lodge up to the top. Winds will be picking up with gusts to 45-55 out of the SW on Thanksgiving.
On Friday a system with less moisture and a ton of wind will move into the area, we should see several more inches of heavy base snow from that system.
Friday ridgetop winds will be up to 100 MPH with gusts to 80 MPH possible in wind prone areas. I would expect a wind hold at some point on Friday for Chair 1.
We have not had rain in over a month so beware of slick roads when the rain and snow starts.
If you’re coming up, it’s time to have your winter travel kit in the car.
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