Mammoth Snowman Update 11-10-2016

ski-renter11-10-2016 – 3 PM – Hello from Mammoth Mountain, opening day was today.

There was some decent skiing and snowboarding on chair 3 and G2 when the mountain opened open up today.

Looking at the weather for the opening weekend. Highs should be in the mid 40s to low 50s with lows down into the low to mid 30s. Winds over the next few days will be light at 5-15 MPH out of the SW.

Still to warm for snowmaking this weekend, but that will change by Tuesday of next week with increasing winds and clouds leading to snow and lot’s of cold air moving into the area.

First Outlook is for 6-12 inches at Main with more over the higher elevations. Snowmaking should also be about to roll for a couple full days and then for long night runs.

For our complete weather discussion with charts and weather images use this Mammoth Weather link. Also to note Snowman’s Video Snow Report will start next week along with his Photo Snow Reports every Thursday. 

The Snow Conditions, Base and What’s Open:

Out on the hill we currently have a base of 8-40+ inches from Main Lodge up to the top.

For opening weekend the word is they will continue to run chairs 1 and 3 along with G1 and G2. Runs that will be open: Broadway, Saddle Bowl, Center Bowl, West Bowl, Cornice Bowl Dave’s, Climax and the Lower Drop Outs.

Broadway was in much better condition then Snowman thought it would be, sure it was a firm fest for the first hour, but it softened up enough for some fun turns as the sun came out. I did not see any rocks or bare spots on the main groomed run. However just off the groomed path watch out for ice and dirt spots. 


Cornice was Snowman’s first run of the season. I had mid fats on so that was a total fail with a bit of heavy powder and a ton of breakable crusty funk. As the snow got tracked up it skied a lot better. No grooming on Cornice so get ready for some bumps this weekend.


Drop Outs are a ton of fun and getting better with each run. Snowman was using the entrance about 100 yards down from the top ridge right into Drop Out 3.

First thing this morning we had some heavy set up pow turns and as more people went in here the snow started to pack out a bit. This weekend as we continue get more and more riders going thru this area the snow will only get better. 


Climax is still very low tide so no go for the Snowman. I did watch people skiing and snowboarding via the Gondi and it looked real good. Just watch out for the low tide rocks and the slick spots.


Saddle Bowl is filled with all natural snow. The surface was a bit firm to get started, but with all the skiers and snowboarders it got better real fast. As the day went on things started to get a bit slick in spots. The sides of Saddle Bowl skied much better then right down the middle. 


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