2-24-2020 – Good morning, we picked up a dusting of snow late on Friday into Saturday.
Currently, we have clear skies, the morning low up top is 19 with an ENE wind gusting to 58 MPH. Down at Main, the low is 25 with winds 10 to 20 MPH.
Mammoth Mountain on Hill Weather Outlook:
Today we expect sunny skies, with a high near 44 around Main Lodge. It will be windy, with a northeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph over the top.
On Tuesday expect more sunny skies with a morning low of 27, the high temperature will be near 46 around Main Lodge. Winds will be northeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30-40 mph over the higher elevations.
On Wednesday and Thursday expect more sunny skies with morning lows in the upper 20’s with day time highs in the mid to upper 40s at the 9000-foot level. That would mean highs in the 50s down at Canyon and Eagle lodges.
Here is a link to our Mammoth Mountain Weather page for the full forecast.
Mammoth Mountain Snow conditions:
Fast Firm Fun is still going off at this time out of the Main Lodge area. It’s the same story up here in Mammoth, not a ton of snow but a decent base to play on.
The base at this time is a mix of hardpack, wind buff, machine groomed packed snow, and some spring conditions on the lower mountain. Snowmaking Crews have worked hard all season to keep the base up due to the lack of snowfall. They are doing a great job on the runs that have snowmaking at this time.
The Mammoth Mountain Grooming Crew is really showing us this year how far technology has come on the machines they use. It’s pretty impressive that they can till out some really good packed powder out of man-made and old used up snow.
While I wish we had some fresh snow to play in, the snow surface we are skiing on right now is a lot of fun. Midweek has been especially fun with the overall lack of people on the hill. Seems like every year there are fewer and fewer people weekdays during the winter.
Up Top you will find some fun Wind Buff on Climax and Upper Dry Creek, Cornice and Scotties are groomed and the snow is nice firm and fast groomed out hardpack. Really fun to ski and when you add in an SW breezy it gets even better.
Mid Mountain the groomers will be a mix of mid-winter snowpack with some areas in direct sun possibly springing up this week as highs move into the lower 50s below 9000 feet. It’s also late February now so the sun is much high in the sky and it will affect the snow quickly on warmer days.
Pretty much seems like the earliest spring ever is setting in now, let’s hope this pattern can break down soon and we get some snow and cooler weather.
I hope to see you out on the hill soon, Snowman out…
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More Mammoth Mountain Information:
Mammoth Mountain Snow Base @ Eagle Lodge Area 1-3 feet – Canyon Lodge Area 1-3 feet – Snow Study Site at Main 40 inches – Runs off the Top 5-6 feet – Mammoth Sign at 11,000 feet 8 feet
Snowmaking crews have been out supplementing the base for several weeks now. This effort is helping to keep the groomers in great shape with some really fun carvable snow and in most areas, the snow is free of those little floating rocks that came out during past lower snow years.
All lifts are now running for the winter season (wind and weather permitting), lift hours are 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Mammoth Area Shuttles are also running for the season when you check into your lodging ask about the closest shuttle stop and leave your car at the condo.
Other Things to do:
For Winter Fun try Wolly’s, Tube Park. It’s a blast for a couple of hours of sledding. Nothing like a fun session of sledding in the lanes, give it a shot if you’re looking for something new to try. Here is a link with more information on local sledding and the tube park.
There is also the Town Ice Skating Rink that is open for the rest of this month. It’s located just beyond the Vons Mall across from the Mammoth High School. Lots of fun to be had on the ice and yes they have ice skate rentals.
For non Winter Sports, I have been doing some mountain and road biking a couple of days a week.
Lower Rock Creek Canyon for Mountain Biking is wide open with just a bit of ice and snow on the upper 1/3 of the trail in the shady areas. Beware of people climbing the trail and for hikers in the area, not a lot of people on the trail but you will encounter a few.
Down in Bishop, there are a ton of trails I have discovered that are great to ride, as of now none of them are mapped so I will have to work on exposing some more of what you can ride in this area.
For Road Biking, Bishop has seen a mix of cold and warm riding conditions over the last week. Lot’s of people out taking in the deserted roads from Bishop to Round Valley. You just need to layer up most days as it’s been in the 50s to low 60s.
Also to note there are spots that you can fish at this time of year, google it and maybe get out there for a hookup. The Eastern Sierra offers up so much to do right now, get some skiing in and then get out and explore.
See ya soon Snowman out
Who Are We?
Steve Taylor – The Mammoth Snowman – Over the last 30+ 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 Video & Photo Blog report. (No YouTube back then). Facebook got added to the fold back in 2008 and then the Facebook Group in 2016.
Reports, videos, and photos from the website have been featured on both local TV Stations here in Mammoth, along with AP, Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC News.