Mammoth Snowman Report – 12-15-2016

12-15-16 – 9:22PM – Hello and welcome too Mammoth, we have heavy snow falling 8000 feet tonight.

Currently it’s 29 at Main Lodge with a SW wind 15-30 MPH. Up Top it’s 26 with SW winds gusting 47-73 MPH.

So Far today at the 9000-foot level (main lodge) with have picked up 3.16 inches of water that has resulted in 20 inches of new snow at the Main Lodge.

Add in 30% of that total and higher snow rations for the Powder Fields of Mammoth and you get around 39 inches of snow so far higher up. With wind drifts you can add even more snow in spots.

For tonight we have a Winter Storm Warning in effect above the 8000-foot level, expect strong winds with gusts to 100 MPH possible over the top of Mammoth Mountain. Winds down at Main could be gusting to 50 – 60 MPH and that will create lift closures.

Looks like we could see additional snow accumulations of 12-18+ at main with 18-30 additional up top. These numbers could go way up if things set up just right…

Expect a low at Main of 31, so that light powder we thought would be coming is not going to happen. The snow will be great and we will have a base that if a great kick of to the Holiday season.

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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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