Mammoth Snowman Update 10-30-2016

Mammoth Mountain Radar10-30-2016 – 8:30 AM – Good morning from Mammoth Mountain.

I was hoping to report we have heavy snow but it’s still to warm. We still have a direct flow of sub-tropical moisture into Mammoth and until that gets cut off by the next incoming front we will see rain.

For today the NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. Why? There is a strong cold front headed our way and that will drop snow levels from 11,000 feet down to 7000 feet.

That should take place after lunch today. Snowfall forecast is calling for 6-12 inches on Mammoth Mountain with 2-4 inches of snow in the upper parts of town. Confidence in these numbers is low at this point.

Currently here at the 8200 foot level I have a 41 with light rain, Up at Main they have had rain all night and it’s still a balmy 38. Up top with have been hanging at just under 33 so a rain snow mix at 11,000 feet.

So with all this rain and not much snow I think we can give up on any type of early opening day. If today’s cold front come thru at least that would be a great start for the snowmaking team to get things rolling.

There should be plenty of cold air Monday – Wednesday night for snowmaking to get rolling.

The Long Range weather outlook has now gone dry thru the 10th of November and beyond. We will be watching for any signs of a change to that pattern. Let’s all pray the cold front later today come thru for us.

I will have an update later today when I see the rain change over to snow for now it’s time for a Sunday Nap!

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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: 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/ Thursday.

Opening Day of Snow Season: 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!


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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