Mammoth Snowman Report

25% off Black Tie Ski Rental Discount12-31-2016 – 8:38 AM – Good day from Mammoth Mountain, clear skies should give way to some clouds and a few snow showers later today.

Snow conditions out on the hill are a mix of firmer to soft packed powder with some wind blown sugar blowing around at times.

All lifts and runs are open on a base of 24 to 150 inches from Little Eagle to the Top.

Mammoth Lakes is booked out thru Saturday night, after that you will be able to find some lodging. If your into cold dry powder next week is looking like a winner.

Weather wise for today it will be pt cloudy with winds 15-35 MPH out of the SW with a chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the 20’s to low 30’s with a low of around 16 at Main Lodge.

For New Year’s Day expect a 30 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 29. It’s going t0 get very windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph increasing to 35 to 40 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph over the top of Mammoth Mountain. As for snow accumulations, look for less than a half inch possible.

Next week things look to get fun with snow showers that get heavy at times mid week.Looking 8 days out there is one massive dumper that might be on the way with many feet of snow possible over a 36 hour period of time. Click here or our complete detailed powder forecast for next week.

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…

Snowman’s Photo Snow Report 12-30-2016 – Flat Light Conditions

The Groomers are a nice packed powder with some fun wind blown snow floating on tops.  These first two shots are from Stump Alley taken from chair 2, the stump alley express. Hangman’s and West bowl are filled in. Hangers is flat up top and down low with a bit of bumps in the throat. Snow conditions are a frimer snow with some nice wind buff when the wind gets going.
The Face of three had some nice wind buff at times on Friday. Great snow in here and it’s all filled in now so no more rocks. Try hitting 3 first thing in the am when they groomed out center bowl. Had to get a shot of the wall and Gravy Chute areas. The wall is a great place to get some powder if your at chair one on a powder day or storm riding day. Below the wall you have the glades and they are all filed in for some great powder skiing.
  Did not get to check out the park, but from the chair it’s look to be in prime shape. Work has begun to get the Half Pipe up and running by mid January.  Lot’s of snow in the back country with all the fall storms that came thru. Winter has had a good start with 2-3 feet new since the winter solstice. Looking up from the top of Broadway, it’s so nice to see all the snow we have. What a great base and with more on the way this is setting up to be a great winter here on Mammoth Mountain.  Scotties is getting groomed out just about every night. The snow in here first thing in the morning is bomber. Enjoy the cord and make sure you got a good edge.  The Paranoids had some fine wind buff with sugar on top off and on this week. When the wind is not blowing it a find skier packed out snow you can fly down. The Drop Outs, Chair 23 and then the Wipe Outs. Look at that base, very impressive and it’s only going to get deeper over the next couple weeks. 
Looking down at Main from Broadway and Rusty’s The Race Arena 
The Avy Chute Side of Lincoln
Top of Solitude off of Chair 5
Climax in the flat light

So these are the first images with my new power shot. I hope to get some better lighting on Sunday but we will see if the next storm allows that.

This week I plan on getting the go pro 5 out for some powder skiing video action, so look forward to that. Snowman out… 

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Who is Steve Taylor – The Mammoth Snowman? Over the last 30+ years, Snowman have spent countless hours studying and learning about mammoth mountain weather and snow conditions first hand.

Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to in 2004 with his Video & Photo Blog reports. (No You Tube back then)

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