Snow conditions are a really fun machine groomed packed powder with skier and rider pack off the groomed.
Up top you will find a mix of wind buff, bumps, avy debris, flat skier pack and some funky set up crud. Adventure skiing and riding at its best under clear skies.
Down lower on the hill the snow was getting effected by the warmer temps. The packed powder was getting a bit funky and even wet in spots in the direct sun on 9,15, and 25.
Now that it is mid-February the Sun is now higher in the sky, so when it gets warm like this we start to get a thaw low down on the hill in the direct sun.
To get a better idea of what it’s like out on the hill Snowman got a fresh photo snow report on Monday, scroll down the page to see all those images.
The base out on the hill is now up to 178 at Main Lodge and 340 at the top of the Mountain. Yes, those numbers are right, this is the most snow we have ever seen at this time of year.
Amazing we are a head of the big 1983 El Nino season at this point and signs are pointing to more snow well into March and maybe beyond. In 1983 the ARs kept up into May and the Ski Area stayed open until July 28th that year.
2-14-2017 – Hangman’s Hallow is wide open now
Winds today we be East at 5-15 MPH over the upper elevations, down low it will be calm and warm.
The next series of storms looks to hit Thursday morning now and we should see off and on snow likely for about a week. Snowfall amounts will be much less then we have seen over the last two months.
Thursday it looks like about 5-10 inches for Mammoth Mountains Powder Fields. On Friday look for an additional 10-15 inches possible..
Unfortunately, the winds will be back on Thursday with upper elevation gusts to over 65 MPH. That will get upper and some mid mountain lifts on wind hold once again.
At this time, it appears Friday will not be as windy, however confidence is low in that forecast at this time.
If you’re coming up next weekend be ready for a stormy weekend with moderate to strong winds and moderate to heavy snow at times. We expect the top to be closed and mid mountain lifts will also be closed at times.
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Roads are clear and dry for the most part, watch for sections of packed snow and there is lots of black ice. The road to Main has some sections that are ice and then get wet and wild during the day. Slow down and watch out around the tubing park.
Also to note the snow piles in town are 10-20 feet high, it makes it very hard to pull a car out into traffic. Please beware that people need to slowly inch their cars into the road to be able to see traffic while pulling out of local side streets and driveways.
Ski ya later… Snowman out
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