Mammoth Mountain Snowman Report 7-17-2018

7-17-18 – 10:24 AM – Good morning from Mammoth, clear skies on this Tuesday morning. As of this post it’s a nice 68 at Main Lodge with a 63 up top.

Last nights low was 53 at Main Lodge, that’s great summer sleeping weather. Winds this morning are out of the SSW 10-20 MPH from Main to the Top. Down here in town we have calm conditions.

Today expect a 20% chance of a thunder storm, could be a few storms over the higher elevations. For the rest of the week we now have a 30% chance of storms in the forecast thru Sunday.

Highs will be in the 70’s up at Main Lodge and in the Mammoth Lakes Basin over the next week with night time low’s down into the low 50’s.

Down in town high’s are heading up in the low to mid 80s’s for the next week with lows in the mid 50s at night.

Winds the next few days will be South West 5-10 MPH with afternoon winds 10-20+ MPH at times over higher elevations.

July is normally the hottest month of the year here in Mammoth. So far no major heat waves with none in sight.

Good Morning from Horse Shoe Lake – 7-17-2018

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is almost 100% open now. Current Conditions are a mix of dusty to very dusty trails. This weeks rain cut down the dust big time out on the hill. I would expect more rain to dampen down the dust later this week.

Trail crews are doing a great jump of keep the hill in great shape. Come on up for some great downhill action or a fun cross country ride. Also to note that the Friday Downhill Races Series is happen every Friday at 5PM, call the bike park for more information.

New this year they allow e bikes out on the trails. If you struggle to ride at this high altitude an e bike is the bomb.

You can rent a e bike at Footloose Sports, they are right at the corner of Main and Old Mammoth road when you come into town.

Beyond the Bike Park Mammoth Mountain has a cool adventure center for Families right at the base of Main Lodge. There is also a shuttle at Main that will take you down to Reds Meadow and back to Main at the end of the day.

Last but not least check out a scenic Gondola Ride to the top, if your have a Ikon Pass you get to ride up FREE.

Hiking is now wide open, trails in the Lakes Basin are melted out for the most part with just a few snow patches left above 10,000 feet. If you’re hiking my advice is to start out early when it’s cool and at that time you will find less people in the trails.

As for Mountain Biking out of the bike park, all the USFS trails are now open. If you’re riding downhill on the Mammoth Rocks trail BEWARE of horses and lot’s of hikers.

If you need to rent a down hill or e bike or have your biked worked on Footloose Sports is the spot right when you hit town.

Fishing season is going off with some great fish coming out of Crowley, the Owens River and Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Here is a link on fishing in the Mammoth Lakes area.

The town’s paved trail system is all open, try taking your bike on the trolley get off at horseshoe lake and ride back all the way to the Village on mostly flat and downhill terrain.

Camping is now wide open with just Devil Post Pile camp ground closed. Lot’s of events up and coming here in town over the next 6 weeks. So much to do at this time of year. Come up beat the heat and have some fun.

Snowman out.


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