Snowman Report December 7th, 2017

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December 7th, 2017 @ 2PM – Once again we have clear sky’s over Mammoth Mountain

At this time we have a base of 20-60 inches, there are now 80+ named runs opened, watch for obstacles as it’s still early season and what we call low tide. 

Canyon and Eagle Lodge will open on December 13th, with the Night of Lights set for December 16 at 5 PM. 

Lifts running this week (weather permitting) are Chairs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23 and G1 and G2.

The weather for the next 10 days or longer will offer up clear blue sky’s with highs into the 40’s and lows in the 20’s.

Winds will be moderate out of the NE into Thursday and then will just be light by Friday into Saturday.

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Surface conditions out on the hill are mixed now, with the groomers being a nice packed powder on a firmer but carvable base. Snowman has been skiing groomers every day this week and they have been a ton of fun. 

Off the groomed we have a firm wind buff with area’s of softer snow on top and then other spots are just plain old hard pack from all the wind.

Over all conditions are great on all the open groomers and good on the face’s of chairs 3 and 5. Do watch for rocks and stumps still sticking out on both faces.

Snowman’s on hill detailed report: Day 16 is in the bag and the snow is fun on what’s open. Everyone out on the hill is stoked with big smiles on their faces. Not many people here at this time, perfect time of year to get back in ski and snowboard shape.

The Top
We had some very strong NE winds hit the top early this week. Gusts up to 130 stripped off the softer snow base in many areas. 

Due to the wind stripping down the base they have now closed Dave’s, the top of the Drops Outs and Wipe Outs. You can still get into the lower apron of the Drop Out’s by coming in from the Cornice. The snow in there is some really good wind buff with a bit of soft stuff on the surface.

Getting into Cornice is sketchy at best as the first 50-75 yards is ice and hard pack. 

Scotties has a line of snow that is worth skiing if you can handle the hard pack entrance. Best time to try this is when you see that little sliver of sun on Scotties.

Climax is closed as we deal with the snow not sticking to what’s left of last years base. Going to take a big strom cycle to get that fixed is my bet. 

Chair 1 Main Lodge Area
The groomers are skiing and riding GREAT. 🙂

All the runs in this area have great coverage. The snow is getting groomed nightly making the surface a perfect corduroy dream. The base in this area has firmed up, but it’s still carvable and just soft enough to be close to perfect.

Chair 3
Center Bowl is getting groomed nightly and is in great shape. The snow base in here is getting a bit firm from all the east winds we have been having. Ski Patrol has the hard fast snow signs up at the top of 3. Still Center Bowl is hanging in there, my advice is take a few laps on it at about 10am.

Off the groomed such as West Bowl and China Bowl, there is wind packed snow with a carvable surface. There are also a fair amount of bumps from a lot of skier traffic since the last powder day.

China Bowl has not been groomed in over a week so those bumps are starting to get bigger then we normally see.

Saddle Bowl is about as good as it gets and when you link it up with World Cup or Gremlins Gulch to St Anton you get about 1600+ vert of groomed bliss.

Chair 2 and the Mill
Stump Alley, Patrolmen’s and Mambo are all in mid winter condition. The base in here as also firmed a bit but it’s to the point that the groomed snow is perfect.

The Unbound
The crew has been blowing tons of snow in here to start build some big hits and the slope style course. They have also blown a massive amount of snow so they can start building out he half pipe.

While you wait they have a big hit set up in main park and of course all sorts of fun features you can spend all day on. Snowman will get some images of all the unbound activity next time he is out.

Chair 4
Is in great shape with a decent base of 2-3 feet and packed powder groomers. Coverage is great over here and the fresh groomed snow as been lasting until noon. They are also starting to set up south park, it should be open for the Holidays starting December 16th.

Chair 5
Solitude been grooming out to some very fun carvable snow. Beware of the tiny floaters at the top to the skiers left. This is a great run to hit early in the am, the top half is in total sun with enough light on the lower half that you can see what you are turning on.

Sanctuary has a good start to the base, but it’s still low tide. The snow has also firmed up considerably so take that into account before jumping in. There are still some fun turns to be had, try the chair line and the main bowl for some good snow.

Upper Dry Creek has some fun turns, but in the middle it’s tight with rocks, so now new gear on this run.

Waterfall needs a good 2-3 foot dumper to jump into so we will wait for that to happen.

Is getting groomed each night, however they are not grooming any runs that link to it. This run is best when they groom out the China Bowl link.

Chair 12 is offering up endless groomers that have been lasting all day long.

Chairs 13 and 14 are open but Snowman has not been over to check it out yet.

The Lincoln Mtn hike is open with some fun wind pack in Avy 2. There is some ok coverage on the face of 22, but have not skied it this week so no real idea how it is. 

If you’re thinking about getting some turns in it’s worth it to make a pre Holiday trip to Mammoth Mountain. Game ON and the slopes have almost no one on them. 

Snowman out… 

PS Make sure to check out Weather Guy’s Tuesday update. 

Photo Snow Report 12-5-2017 by The Snowman – click any image to open the full size viewer

Chair 2 and Stump AlleyLincoln Mountain – Chair 22Snowmaking at Canyon Lodge – Chair 16Top of Solitude off of Chair 5Riding up chair 5 looking at Sanctuary and Triangle. Climax and G2 in the back ground. Lower SolitudeBroadway and Chair 6 Riding up Chair 1  Unbound SnowmakingCritters off of Chair 12View towards Main Lodge from the top of Chair 12Snowmaking in the Unbound – Top of Chair 12 Center Bowl – Groomed out and FunCornice & Wipe Outs – Chair 23The WallRiding up Chair 2 Dave’s got stripped down to the hard ice pack form 130 MPH NE winds Climax is having a hard time holding snow with last season ice base that is left. Add in the wind and o boy. 


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