Current Conditions: Up at the top of Mammoth Mountain it’s 32 with winds out of the SSW 16 – 21 MPH. Down at Main it’s 40 with winds gusting to 21.
Yesterday up at Main we had a high of 51 with lows yesterday morning in the upper 20s. Yes snowmaking was cranking at that time.
For today look for highs in the low 50s at Main Lodge with night time lows in the mid to upper 30s if not a bit warmer than that. Night time lows over the weekend into next week will be in the low to mid 30s. The sun is low in the sky at this time of year so not a lot of snow melt going on.
Look for winds to pick up Saturday with gusts picking up to 55+ MPH over upper elevation ridges with gusty winds on the lower slopes to 15-25 MPH out of the SW. For our complete weather discussion with charts and weather images use this Mammoth Weather link.
Out on the hill we currently have a base of 10-40 inches from Main Lodge up to the top, the snow conditions are a preseason groomed out surface that is a mix of natural snow and man-made snow on Broadway.
Over on the face of chair 3 and up in cornice and parts of the drops out it’s a mix of a firm base with some powder on top. With some areas having just a firm gunite type base snow.
Grooming is starting to take place with Greg and his assistants getting the process started. On Thursday I saw them push snow out of the parking areas and up to the base at chair 1.
Still no official word on what will be open next week, but from my own observations here is what I see that could run: Broadway, Saddle Bowl, Center Bowl, West Bowl, Cornice Bowl and the Lower Drop Outs.
Dave’s has lots of snow and you can see someone poached it, the tracks make it look like its wind buff in there. Since I have not been able to go up top and have no idea if the traverse back is doable yet.
Beyond that the Face of Five is also skiable and ridable, but there is no way to ride back out. We will have to wait until they can get the chair 2 area running for that.
What we really need now is a bit of cooler air in here so they can get more runs open off of chair 1 next week. Snowman will be here with updates 6 days a week right thru this new winter season on Mammoth Mountain so keep checking back. Snowman out.
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…
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.
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