Mammoth Snowman Update 10-24-2016

mammoth-lakes-hot-wax10-24-2016 – 7AM Cool cloudy and wet this morning. We had rain move in around midnight last night. With the snow levels at around 10,000 feet.

About 5 am the rain stopped and now we have mostly cloudy skies with gusty winds.

Look for more rain and snow off and on today with snow levels staying about 10,000 feet.

Checking the cams this am you can see no new snow at Main or Mc Coy Station. Looks like we just got snow at the very top of the hill.

Taking a look at current conditions: At this time I have light winds in town with a 40 on my bloom sky weather station. I have been seeing flashes of lightning since about 5 am.

Up at the Main Lodge it’s 37 with a 31 over the top of Mammoth Mountain at 11,000 feet. Winds are gusting to 38 at Main Lodge out of the west with SE winds to 70+ MPH over the top of the mountain.

So why such high snow levels? The reason it’s so warm is we have sub tropical moisture in the area and their is no cold air associated with this system. The good news is by late in the week we have a much stronger system moving in and we should see snow levels come down to 8500 -9000 feet by late Friday.

Looking at current weather models both the EC and the GFS show 2-3+ inches of water coming in late Thursday into Saturday. That would offer up some nice base snow all the way down to the bottom of Main Lodge.

Below is the 9 day snowfall outlook from the GFS weather model. I will post update of the image below during the week to see how the outlook changes. Let’s hope this system get’s a bit wetter and colder.


Mammoth Weather Guy's outlook for this up coming winter.
Mammoth Weather Guy’s outlook for this up coming winter.

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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…

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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