Mammoth Snowman Report – 2-17-2017


2-17-2017 – 7:46 AM – Good morning from Mammoth Mountain we have snow falling once again. Overnight we picked up 3-4 inches of new snow.

Snow conditions on Thursday started out with snow falling on packed powder, as the day went on we picked up several inches and then it cleared out.

The top opened with about 6-8 inches of fresh it skied really good however you did hit the bottom in a lot of spots. Just had to stay light on those skies and boards.

Cornice on Thursday – Photo by Sam Nicolosi 

For today we expect snow with 1-2 feet of new from this current system. Should be some fun fresh turns out there today and then on Saturday once this system is gone.

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 ARs 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 today, snow showers on Saturday and pt cloudy on Sunday. The next large system hits late Sunday and it will bring VERY HEAVY SNOW for Sunday night into Monday evening.

That system has the chance to close many lifts down and possibly 395 for a time on Monday.

Winds today will be out the south east to south @ 20 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph over the upper elevations today.

Snowfall forecast are for the Sesame snow course (Main Lodge) taken at 6am each day.

**Snowfall forecast confidence ranges from very low (1) to very high (5)

Sat 2/18 = 12-18” **2
Sun 2/19= 1 – 2”
Mon 2/20 = 4 – 8”
Tue 2/21 = 20 – 30”
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.

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.

So we have started the set-up of our Mammoth Snowman Logo Wear and Gear. Right now we have Stickers, T-Shirts, Hoodies, and Mugs with our logo with the white backing on them. Lot’s more will be added over the weekend. Here is the link the Mammoth Snowman Store.

Ski ya later… Snowman out

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Photo Snow Report – 2-13-2017 – Photos by The Mammoth Snowman



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