Mammoth Snowman Update 10-26-2016

whitebark-mammothlakes10-26-2016 8:38AM – Hello and welcome to Mammoth Today’s window-cast shows we have clear blue skies.

Looks like a perfect day to get out for a bike ride or hike before things get windy, wet and wild up here.

Currently I have a 45 here at 8200 feet with light winds at times to 10 MPH. Up at Main Lodge we have a 39 with a 31 up at the top of Mammoth Mountain. Winds are gusting to 40- 50 MPH over the top out of the south west.

Out on the hill the snow we got last week has been rained on and it has melted a bit. It’s mostly dirt at Main now. From Mc Coy Station up the ground for the most part is white and frozen.

So when will it snow again? The forecast is now calling for at least three storm fronts to move over Mammoth Mountain Thursday into next Tuesday.

The first system will be a bit warm once again as it draws up hurricane moisture from well south of Mammoth. Snow levels look to be above 10,000 feet into Thursday night and then come down to around 9500 feet on Friday.

The Main Lodge sits at 8900 feet so it will be all rain once again for that part of the Mountain. Up top we could see 12-18 inches of heavy wet base snow from the first system.

System two moves in late Saturday night and will offer up snow levels to start around 9000 feet with snow levels dropping to around 8000 feet on Sunday night. This front could bring 12-18 inches of heavy wet snow to areas above 9500 feet. Down at Main we could see 6-12+ inches of heavy heavy base snow.

By Tuesday the weather charts show a third but weaker system moving in with snow levels around 7000-8000 feet.

The third system is a low confidence event at this time, we will take a look at that on Thursday and offer up an idea of what we think will happen. Right now that system looks weak at best.2016-10-26_0929[mpsl MammothFirstDusting16]

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: The snowmaking crew is on board and getting things set up. Right now the first window we see to make snow will be this upcoming Monday night and again next Wednesday. There are no signs of a cold wave for a big snowmaking run at this time.

Opening Day of Snow Season: Update 10-25 For this years opener it appears we might have top to bottom skiing and snowboarding.  Up top there is already over a foot of base. Add in the next two fronts and Cornice should be ready to ski and ride.

Opening day is now set for November 10th, 2016, if we get some bonus snow early next week they will move the opener up like they did last season. 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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