Mammoth Snowman Report 7-30-2018

7-30-18 – 6:25 AM – Good day from Mammoth, we have hazy skies in the area this morning.

The Lion fire is back burning just 8 miles from town and we also have the Ferguson fire burning near Yosemite.

Add in fires all over the state and 70% of California is dealing with some degree of smoke.

Here in Mammoth we had thick haze on Sunday and then around noon the thick smoke moved into town. I expect more of the same over the next week or longer.

If you’re sensitive to smoke you will want to limit your outdoor fun the next couple days and possibly longer.

Those of you that are not as much effected, get out early before the afternoon smoke invasion hits.

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

Down in town high’s are heading up into the mid-80s this week with lows also 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. Looks like winds will be up later in the week and we hope that will shift some of the haze and smoke out of the area.

Thunderstorms will be isolated the next few days and any action we get will most likely be over the higher terrain. There is a 20% chance today and a 30% chance on Tuesday.

Long range we should see a change to this pattern with an SW flow and no T Storms for the first week of August. Highs at that time will cool off 3-5 degrees. Overall August is forecast to be above normal in temperatures.

Pray for some rain to work it’s way up here sooner then later. Models do show some hurricanes to our south of the coast of Mexico, maybe we will get lucky in early to mid August and some of that moisture will move in and dampen the fires for the firefighters. Looking up at the Mammoth Crest from Lake Mary Road

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is almost 100% open now. Current Conditions are a mix of dusty to very dusty trails.

Trail crews are doing a great jump of keeping 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 happening every Friday at 5 PM, 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 an 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 you have an Ikon Pass you get to ride up FREE.

Hiking is now wide open, trails in the Lakes Basin are in great shape with most of the snow gone now. If you’re hiking my advice is to start out early when it’s cool and at that time you will find fewer 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 lots of hikers.

If you need to rent a downhill or e-bike or have you’re 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 campground closed.

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Summer Improvements: Canyon Lodge is getting a major remake with lot’s of work taking place this Summer. We are told this will take 2-3 years to complete and when they are done Canyon will have a whole new look.

Besides the Lodge, Chair 16 is going to be replaced and re aligned to unload near the top of chair 4. The new lift will be a 6 pack for weekend and holiday relief.

Up at Main they added in some fun stuff at the adventure center. The biggest add on is the Mammoth Zip Line that goes from the top all the way down to Main Lodge. That project will not be finished until September.

If you’re on Facebook and have questions about Mammoth join my private group, over 9000 people are there to help you plan your next trip up to Mammoth Lakes.

Snowman out…

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