Mammoth Snowman Update 12-3-2016


black-tie-sli-rental12-3-2016 – 1PM Hello from Mammoth Mountain. Clear blue skies over head today.

Weather wise for Sunday we expect clear skies with a high near 42 at Main Lodge.

It will be windy, with a west wind 15-25, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

By Monday we cool off with highs in the 20s with winds gusting 45-55 MPH. Then on Tuesday we get a chance of snow showers with a trace to a few inches possible.

Snow Conditions are starting to firm up now from the cold and wind. This am the groomers had turned into more of a machine groomed surface then a soft packed powder one.

Up top in between the wind buff we are dealing with ice and hard pack. If your doing laps on g2 or 23 your going to have to pick and chose your line carefully.

Lifts open at this time: Chairs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 23 along with G1 and G2. Lift hours this week are 8:30 AM to 4PM.

The lifts at Canyon and Eagle are set to open the week of the 14th. Right now those lodge’s do have snow on the ground and the snowmaking guns are set and ready to roll with the next wave of cold air we get.

Runs open: Apple Pie, Broadway, Stump Alley, Rusty’s, Mambo, Forest Trail, Andy’s Double Gold, Saddle Bowl, Center Bowl, Christmas Bowl, China Bowl, West Bowl, Cornice Bowl, Dave’s, Climax, the Drop Outs, the Wipe Outs, Scotties, Road Runner, Unbound Main and more!

Snowmaking has been a great success over the last week. For the upcoming week look for the team to dial in the connection with Canyon & Eagle Lodge and fill in the many bare spots and low tide sections as possible.

If your coming up for Christmas and the Holiday Season we expect all lodges to be open with around 80% or more of the trails on the mountain ski & rideable.

While the weather has gone dry for now we are seeing signs on just about all weather models of a change coming about 7-10 days out. Below is the GFS snowfall outlook going out 16 days.

Again this is just an outlook, but that chart has shown dry for days now and the anticipated change is now starting to show up. In the outlook below Mammoth would pick up 2-3+ feet.


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11-30-2016 – Climax & Sign Line was full of wind blown sugar today, add in that the snow base is still soft and the skiing and snowboarding was perfect in here today. It’s still low tide so slow down and watch for the big rocks that are still sticking out in spots.mammoth_mountain_snowman_11-28103148Drop Out’s this area slid big time on Sunday, however the only part that seems to have slid to the ice was the main Drop Out Chute’s top 150 yard section.

Below that the snow has been packed out and is a soft packed powder with wind blown sugar snow blowing over the surface. There are a few rocks near the chair line but coverage in this area is real good.  

drop-out-appronFascination is fully covered and groomed out with some nice corduroy in the morning and wind buff conditions as it gets skied.facinationBroadway is soft and all the little rocks and bare spots are now gone. I love this shot taken from behind the Mammoth Mountain Inn. mammoth_mountain_snowman_11-28103150Dave’s Run had some fun windy buffed out snow today. The long travers back to 3 is the only way out right now until they open chair 10. mammoth_mountain_snowman_11-28103147Face of Five will open at some point this week, looking at this image there are some good line to be had, just beware it’s vary low tide on the face and there are rocks just under the surface. mammoth_mountain_snowman_11-28103149Canyon Lodge is closed at this time, but as you can see the weekend storm turned things white and the groomers are out getting ready for a mid December opening. Expect to see snowmaking going in this area over the next week. mammoth_mountain_snowman_11-28103142DUMP 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…

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