Mammoth Snowman Update 10-15-2016

10-15-2016 – 7:41 AM – First Dusting, yes we got our first dusting of snow on Friday after lunch. The front came in and snow levels came down to the top of Broadway.

Looking at the cams it would be safe to say there is about 1-2 inches of new snow at the sign up at 11,053 feet. There are some cam shots of the snow at Chair 3 and at the sign down the page.

Taking a look at current conditions: Up top we have a cloud sitting over the mountain with little visibility . Winds are gusting in excess of 80 MPH out of the SW and the temperature is sitting at 31.

The weather gauges at Main Lodge are down so no idea what the temps or winds are at. Down here at Canyon Lodge I have clear skis with a 44 and wind gusts to about 35 MPH at times.

So at this point we have 2 more waves of moisture that will come thru late Tonight into Sunday and then Sunday night into early Monday. So expect clouds, showers and a ton of wind into Monday.

Precipitation wise we are now expecting an additional 1-3 inches of rain, with snow above 10,000 feet thru the day time hours on Sunday. By Sunday night snow levels will be down to 9000 feet and possibly 8000 feet by Monday morning. The next two waves are forecast to now come a bit more south so we can get some bonus base snow.

Snowfall amounts and Snow Ratios: It’s a hard call on how much snow they will get at main, but above 10,000 feet when it is all said and done we could now see a good 18-24+ inches of new heavy base snow in the range of 6:1 / 8:1.  We will keep you updated as we move thru this event.

Starting on Tuesday we are going to have some nice warm indian summer weather for about a week then things cool off. If your a local this will be the time to do your final winter preparations, get that wood stacked and covered.

DUMP ALERT!! New this season Snowman will be emailing and texting a dump alert once it starts to snow, along with our dump alert we also have a once a month newsletter that comes out the first week of each new month. Here is the link to sign up… top_of_sierra_1_1280x720

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Winter Outlook: Lot’s of preseason winter forecast’s are all over the internet at this time. It’s really a bit early to be jumping on any outlook and consider it reliable.

Snow making: Each year the snow making crew comes on board around the 20th of October to start getting ready for the opening day blow. Crews need temperatures in the mid to upper 20’s for snow making to be effective. Snowman will be watching and reporting when snow making is on or off in just a few short weeks. You can learn more about mammoth mountain snow making here.

Opening Day of Snow Season: Make your plans now to ski the “WORD” on November 10th, 2016. Maybe we will get lucky and get the remnants of a hurricane in late October or early November like we did last season and have a bunch of runs open.

So while we wait for winter to start come on up for some great late Summer and Early Fall fun. All summer sports and activities are still going on full right into the middle of September. Winter 2016-2017 Updates: Going to be a fun season for producing content for all of you. This year we have a new apple mac pro to edit with along with 2 new go pro 5’s for 4k video production. We also have two new Cannon Power Shots Camera’s to help with the content production.

Along with that we have Shannon who will be getting lot’s on hill photos and Sean will be joining the team to take care of Snap Chat, Instagram and help us film the new version of our video snow report, ya this season Snowman will also be in the videos skiing. All we need now is SNOW!

FYI: For more information about current Mammoth Mountain Conditions all year long, check out the Mammoth Snowman Facebook Group at this link.

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Who is Steve Taylor – The Mammoth Snowman? Over the last 30+ years, Snowman have spent countless hours studying and learning about mammoth mountain weather and snow conditions first hand.

Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to in 2004 with his Video & Photo Blog reports. (No You Tube back then)

Snowman has had his reports, videos and photos featured on both local TV Stations here in Mammoth, along with AP, Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC News. Learn more about the Snowman and our team here at at this link.


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