Mammoth Mountain Snowman Report 1-28-2019 – 2:30 PM

1-28-2019 – 2:30 PM – Good afternoon from Mammoth Mountain. We currently have thick high clouds in the area.

As of this post, we have had a high at Main Lodge today of 42 with a 34 up top. Winds at this time up top are 15-20 MPH out of the NNW. 

Roads in the area are now clear, watch for icy patches on local side roads and in parking areas.

Always carry chains and a winter travel kit, if you’re coming up this weekend expect R1 and possibly R2 conditions by Friday night into Saturday.

The base at this time is at 5 – 11 feet from little eagle up to the top of the ski area. Coverage is great on all runs, you can ski or ride 100% of the hill at this time. 

Mammoth Mountain Weather Update:

For Tuesday by midday, we can expect a 30 percent chance of light snow from Main Lodge up with a mix of light rain and snow in the lower elevations of the ski area. Skies should be mostly cloudy from the start of the day.

Expect a high near 39 at Main Lodge, winds will be out of the southwest around 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

At this time it looks like a dusting to possibly an inch of snow could fall by the evening hours from Main Lodge up.   

Wednesday is looking pt cloudy before we transition into an active pattern that should bring some decent amounts of snow to Mammoth Mountain. Highs will be in the 30s with a southwest wind 15-25 MPH. 

As we move towards the very end of the week models are coming into a better agreement for a light system late on Thursday with a moderate storm for Friday into Saturday. Timing on the Thursday system is in question at this time.

If you’re driving up Friday night expect snow as you arrive in town with rain down on 395. As the week goes on we will go into the fine details of when we expect the snow to start.

Looking at the updated models and talking to Weather Guy just now we could see 1-2 feet of some heavier snow by midday Saturday and then a colder system for Sunday into Monday.

That colder system will bring snow levels well below town. It’s way too far out to make a call on how far down snow levels could fall, but it’s looking like a good shot of some real powder. 

Beyond that things look to stay active with several systems now in the outlook period. Weather Guy will post a very detailed update with all the weather charts late in the day on Tuesday. Here is a link to the page he posts on.

Mammoth Mountain Snow Conditions:

At the Main Lodge, the snow is still a mid-winter snowpack. The groomers are in great shape in that area with a nice corduroy surface first thing in the AM. Cornice to St Anton was great when I skied them at 10 am today, as was all the groomers out of Main.

Down by Little Eagle and Chair 9 and 25, you will find some firmer snow in the am as areas in the direct sun turned spring-like on Saturday and Sunday. The snow in these areas should soften a bit by mid-morning on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Up top we still have mid-winter conditions, yes it’s getting firmer with a fast groomed out Cornice bowl and Scotty’s run. This morning the snow on Cornice and Scotty’s was groomed perfectly for our AM laps. 

I have not been off the groomed up top in a few days, but it looks like some fun turns with a mix of bumps and flat spots. 

Over at the June Mountain Ski Area, the reports I am getting from June is the runs above J1 are groomed out perfectly and there are no crowds. The only lines you will encounter is getting up J1 in the morning on the weekends with no lines on weekdays. 

They now have a base of 30-57 inches from the chalet to the top of the ski area. For the upper runs at June Mountain, this is all the snow you need for a good session of skiing and snowboarding. 

The upper runs are still a nice mid-winter packed powder with perfect corduroy. This is the place to head to when Mammoth is all crowded on Saturdays.

If you go mid-week the corduroy lasts pretty much all day long. Hot Tip For Apres Ski in June hit up the T Bar Social club they open at 4 pm in downtown June Lake.

Have a great day and pray for snow. Snowman out…  

Climax at about 9:45 on Monday 1-28-2019

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