Mammoth Snowman Report – 2-18-2017

2-18-2017 – 6:21 AM – Good morning from Mammoth Mountain we have cloudy to pt cloudy skies.

Over the last 24 hours we have seen 22-36 inches of fresh snow out on Mammoth Mountain

At this time, we have light snow still falling and you can hear the ski patrol bombing the hill for avy control. Up at main it’s 23 degrees with a S winds to 25 MPH at of 6 am.

Snow conditions for today will be fresh deep powder to start the day. Expect lower mountain lifts to run at first and then as they get avy control done mid mountain lifts will open.

The top will open if the current clouds over the area move out, but for now we are not 100% sure that will happen.

To get a better visual 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 at Main just went over the 200-inch mark, with over 350 inches over the top of the mountain. This is the deepest base for this date in time since the ski area began keeping records.

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.

Today’s weather offers up a 60% chance of snow showers with 1 -2 inches of new snow possible. Sunday will be Pt Cloudy with a 30% chance of a stray snow shower.

The next large system hits late Sunday and it will bring VERY HEAVY SNOW for Sunday night into early Tuesday with a second system right after that on Wednesday.

Mondays system will close many lifts down and possibly 395 for a time on Monday. This will not be the day to plan to travel anywhere so get out before or plan to leave on Tuesday.

Today winds will be out the west @ 10 to 25 mph and then on Sunday SW 25-35 with gust in excess of 45 MPH. By Monday we get gusts in the lower elevations at 50-60 MPH with gusts to 120 MPH over the top of Mammoth Mountain.

Snowfall amounts for this next system at 9000 feet:
Mon 2/20 = 10 – 12” (H20 = 1.00” – 1.25”) **3
Tue 2/21 = 28 – 32” (H20 = 3.00” – 3.50”) **3
Wed 2/22 = 10 – 12” (H20 = 1.00” – 1.25”) **3
Thu 2/23 = 4 – 8” (H20 = 0.35” – 0.75”) **3
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.

Ski ya later… Snowman out

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



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.

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