Mammoth Snowman Report – 12-14-2016

12-14-2016 – UPDATE 12:30 PM Wind Buff Alert, head to 23 NOW!

Hello and welcome too Mammoth, today’s window-cast shows clear skies in the area at this time.

Yesterday we had a mix of snow and freezing rain out on the hill. Be aware that it will be icy with lots of hard pack out on the hill today.

Things will improve to more desired winter conditions over the next 36 hours. Read on for the juicy details…

Currently we have a 33 at Main Lodge and a 26 up top with winds gusting to 35 MPH at Main with winds to 92 out of the SW over the top.

For today mostly sunny with a high wind warning, highs at Main will be in the low 40’s with upper 30s up top. With the strong winds expect the top and some Main Lodge lifts to be on wind hold today.

On Thursday expect snow to develop in the late morning with snow levels 8000-9000+ feet. Highs at main will be near 34 so you can expect heavy wet base snow. Bring your gore tex.

Winds on Thursday will be as the NWS states will be strong and damaging with southwest winds 50 to 55 mph increasing to 55 to 60 mph in the late morning. Winds could gust as high as 90 mph with gusts up top well over 100 MPH.

Looks like we could see new snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible at a 6-1 / 8-1 ratio. Yep it will be sierra cement, more base snow for a nice long season.

Thursday Night is the heart of the storm with the main portion of the AR event coming into Mammoth. Snow Levels may come up for a time and then crash down into town over night.

Expect a low at Main of 19, that would mean some nice powder coming down the second half of the storm. New snow accumulations on Thursday night around 15 to 21 inches possible.

Snowfall accumulations above 10,000 feet will be greater, with up to 4 feet possible if we get a direct hit from the AR.

Friday morning looks to start out with more snow and then it ends quickly, timing of the showers and storm leaving are uncertain at this point in time. The big question everyone has is will the top pop on Friday. From what we see on today’s charts we think that would be a good possibility.

This weekend for the most part looks clear with just a few clouds around and some possible east winds blowing over the top.

For our complete weather discussion with charts and weather images use this Mammoth Weather link.


Snow Conditions Report and News from The Hill

Good morning glad to see we have some more snow on the way and cold air. Conditions got very wet on Tuesday with snow turing to freezing rain on the hill. Along with the wet conditions we had a total fog out at Main Lodge.

For today I am expecting it to be icy and firm out on the hill, hard core skiing and riding. Thursday should be a wet and windy day with Friday being the day to plan to get out as the storm will be exiting and leaving us with lots of powder to rip up.

As far as the base for goes, at Canyon Lodge we have 6-12 inches, up at Main Lodge there is a base of 12-24 inches, with a base of 70-85 inches over the upper mountain. At this time the top is in mid winter conditions.

Both Canyon Lodge and Eagle Lodge will be open today, coverage down at eagle is very very low with just the skiers right side open after you pass over the bridge. Use this area for access only.

Over at Canyon the snow is a firm hard pack from all the rain we got.  Until we get some more snow use this area also for access only.  Let’s hope the Thursday storm comes thru as the Canyon and Eagle runs need more snow.

Lifts open at this time: Chairs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 along with G1 and G2. Lift hours this week are 8:30 AM to 4 PM. (weather permitting) Chairs 8, 15, 16 and 17 should be running starting on Wednesday.

Up top right now we have mid winter coverage, still some large rocks to watch out for but for the most part the top is now wide open and ready for you riding pleasure. Climax Dave’s, Cornice Bowl, The Noids, Scotties and the Wipe Outs are great.

Taking a look at the Face of Three it’s all filled in and you can can ski or ride any line you like. Over at the Face of Five things are looking way more filled in but still some rocks and stumps to watch out for.

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…

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