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Mammoth Mountain Snow Report Monday May 17th, 2021

Mammoth Mountain Snow Report Monday, May 17th, 2021

We have full-on spring skiing and snowboarding out of Main Lodge and the Mill right now.

Snow conditions are a mix of early morning firm groomers, soft corn, and some thick slush in spots during the afternoon. 

When the winds turn to the NE the top stays firmer most of the day and the runs lower down stay in better shape into the early afternoon hours.

It’s definitely getting thin out there now with some bare spots to the side of the open runs down to Main Lodge and the Mill. The grooming crew is doing a great job of keeping everything thing open that they possibly can.

Looks like the Mill and Stump Alley will make it one more week, not sure if they have enough snow to push around to keep it open the last week of the season but maybe with the cool down we have had they can pull it off now. 

Up top, the best snow is on the runs that are getting some traffic. Yes, it was a bit firm this weekend and again today, but should get soft again on Tuesday into Wednesday, before getting set up again late in the week.

Both Scotties and Cornice are getting groomed nightly and have the best surface when the snow starts to get soft up top. On days when there is no NE wind Climax and Daves have also been fun for some spring turns.

The runs off of Chair 3 still have plenty of snow with Center Bowl being groomed nightly, the snow in here gets sun early so it softens up fast when we have the SW wind flow on a normal spring day. West Bowl has a couple of good bump lines right now that you don’t want to miss if you like moguls. 

Grooming continues like normal out of Main Lodge with all the lower runs getting groomed out nightly. When it warms up they turn into a nice soft fast buttery surface for those of you with a nice fresh hot wax.

Checking in on the snow base out on the open runs, there is a good 1-4 feet from Main Lodge to the top still left. Crews have been pushing snow around and will continue to do so to keep Mammoth open for 2 more weeks.

Lift hours this week will be 7:30 AM to 2 PM with chairs 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, and 23 along with G1 and G2. During the mid-week chairs, 5 and 10 will not be open, but they look to run those lifts this possibly again this Friday – Sunday. 

If you’re wondering is it worth it to come up and get some turns in I always say yes. My advice is to come up with the mindset that the snow is limited and you want to get a few turns in and tie your trip in with other activities after ski or snowboarding in the morning.

Steve Taylor

Over the last 30+ years, Snowman has spent countless hours studying and learning about mammoth mountain weather and snow conditions first hand. Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to in 2004 with his Video & Photo Blog reports.