Good morning from Mammoth Mountain, we have clear skies over the hill today.
We had a dusting of snow around 5pm yesterday with rain and hail below 8500 feet.
Today we expect Sunny skies, with a high near 43. It will be breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Snow Conditions will be a bit firm to start the day, expect the lower mountain to thaw to spring conditions. The upper half of the hill should remain on the firm side with the NW winds.
By Tuesday into Wednesday things warm up and we get a west wind with highs in the mid 40’s. That will allow more of the hill to turn to spring conditions.
Thursday looks a bit cloudy and windy with dropping temperature ahead of the next moderate storm that is forecast to hit Thursday night.
11 AM Update – 12 Z GFS now has 7-8 inches of water coming in over the top of Mammoth Mountain, that is up from the 3-5 inches we saw a few hours ago. I will keep updating you as we move towards this AR event….
Snow levels should start out around 8000-8500 feet and lower to 7000-7500 feet on Friday. However, some of the model runs indicated snow levels could be high as 8500 feet into Friday night. This system looks to also be very windy so expect Main lodge lifts to be on wind hold on Friday.
That would add up to 2-4+ feet of snow for you powder hounds. We will fine tune amounts and have an official forecast on Wednesday.
Locals Choice for Tuesday and Wednesday would be start out at the Mill and get some groomed out of Main Lodge.
By 10 am you will want to switch over to the chair 9 and 25 areas. Hit the runs that get direct sun for some soft spring fun.
This week we expect all lifts and runs to be open into Thursday. The base at Main is at the 175-inch mark, with over 300 inches over at the top of the mountain.
Looking at the Winter of 2017 we have not broken the snowfall records, but we have broken the all-time record for most precipitation in the area. Over 88 inches of water is on Mammoth Pass at this time and that has broken the record from 1969. They started keeping records up at the pass back in 1940.
Mammoth Mountain has a deep moisture filled snow pack that will last right thru the summer. 🙂
The ski area is making plans at this time to run the mountain bike park out of Canyon Lodge, with skiing and snowboarding well into the summer out of Main Lodge via Gondolas 1 and 2.
This will be the rare year they you should be able to ski back to Main well into July.
Canyon and Eagle Lodges will stay open thru April 23rd and then lift operations will be out of Main Lodge. You will still be able to ski or ride down to Canyon, just have a car or taxi ready to get you out.
Snowman is on the heal and is expected to be back out on the Hill this Tuesday or Wednesday. The plan is to get you some fresh images and a fresh video report. Have a great week and get ready for a taste of winter in spring.
Ski ya later…. Snowman out.
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