Snow conditions have been a really fun machine groomed packed powder with skier and rider pack off the groomed.
Yesterday the winds picked up and we had some fun wind buff over the top half of the mountain.
Starting today conditions are changing back to powder with some groomed out real soft packed powder expected on Friday. This cycle of fresh snow will last about a week before it possibly shuts off again.
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 that we are ahead of the big 1983 El Nino season at this point in time. Signs are pointing to more snow well into March and maybe beyond. In 1983 the AR’s kept up into May and the Ski Area stayed open until July 28th that year.
The weather for the next week will offer up snow it will be moderate too heavy at times. We will also have some periods of strong winds. That will result in upper and some mid mountain lifts on wind hold once again.
Winds today we be out of the South West with gusts to 80 mph over the top possible. Friday winds with be southeast 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Then light winds on Saturday, by Sunday afternoon we get back to winds gusting over 50 MPH.
With this next series of storm’s, we should see off and on snow likely for about a week. This series now looks to bring in about 10 inches of water over the next week over the upper elevations of Mammoth Mountain.
Snowfall forecast are for the Sesame snow course (Main Lodge) taken at 6am each day. http://patrol.mammothmountain.com:83/Home.aspx
**Snowfall forecast confidence ranges from very low (1) to very high (5)
Fri 2/17 = 3 – 5” (H20 = 0.30” – 0.50”) **4
Sat 2/18 = 12-15” **2
Sun 2/19= 2 – 3” (H20 = 0.20” – 0.30”) **2
Mon 2/20 = 2 – 4” (H20 = 0.25” – 0.45”) **2
Tue 2/21 = 18 – 24”
Wed – Fri 2/22 – 24 = 12 – 24”
February Snowfall = 74.5”
February Forecast = 130 – 150”
Seasonal Snowfall = 408”
Seasonal Forecast = 575”- 625”
Use this link for our detailed Mammoth weather discussion, powder forecasts and the long range outlook. https://www.mammothsnowman.com/mammoth-mountain-weather/
Roads are now R1 in town, chain up unless you have awd or 4×4 with M&S tires or better on.
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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