10-10-21 @ 7 AM Hello and thanks for stopping by MammothSnowman.com. Today’s window cast shows crystal clear blue skies with snow-covered mountains above 9000 feet.
We do expect snow showers for Monday with much lower tempratures moving in during the day and into Monday night.
If the snowmaking crew is looking for a couple of days to blow snow it looks like mid-day Monday into early Wednesday could be a good run. Been years since I have seen them blow snow this early so it’s anybody guess what they do this week.
The snowmaking crews did continue to set everything after I left on Friday. Saw them setting up guns all day via the webcams on Saturday. If you check out the MC Coy Station Webcam you can see the snowmaking guns are up on Saddle Bowl and Broadway.
Looking back to Friday’s snowfall, the snow that did fall started out really heavy, looked like it went from rain to slop and then to a 10 to 1 ratio snow as that main band of snowfall came thru.
While it’s not enough to ski on that snow will slowly melt into what was very dry ground and then freeze. That is step one in getting your snowmaking system to work better. Nothing worse than making snow on dry dirt. Having frozen ground will also help big time to hold the natural snow when it shows up.
Looking at the longer-range weather outlook there is a good chance that we might get a decent October storm in here after the 20th of the month. Who knows maybe we get blessed with some base snow that they can run early on. I know everyone could use some amazing positive news right now.
Whatever happens, we are in a much better place than a year ago. Feeling stoked right now about the snow on the ground and the white mountain peaks I can see from my desk this morning. It won’t be long till we can All meet again and make some turns.
For those of you looking for Fall Colors check out my update below.
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PS: There are over 30 fresh photos posted down the page with more coming today.
The Mammoth Weather Forecast: Clear Skies into Sunday with a chance of snow showers Monday with much colder weather early next week, brrrrr. After that, Indian summer days and then a change around day 10. There will be a full weather update this morning 10-10 by 10 AM, sorry I was unable to get on done on Saturday.
If you’re just checking in here at MammothSnowman.com, we have a brand new detailed weather center at this link.
Road Conditions: All the roads that closed from the snow have now been reopened, except Red Meadow and Upper old Mammoth Road
Time to get your Winter car kits updated and ready for the upcoming snow season. Practice putting your chains on now not when it’s snowing and dark on the side of the road.
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Fall Colors: Sunday AM Update – Lot’s of peaking Fall Colors with a back set of snow this weekend in the Eastern Sierra. The ground above 9000 feet is white with most of the colors surviving the cold so far.
There have been freezing temperatures in the area the last couple nights. Mammoth Lakes is at 31 this morning with Crowley Lake at 23. The trees that have been slow to color should really start to change fast now in all areas from Bishop up to June Lake.
If you’re coming up for Fall Colors this week I would expect it to be cold with snow showers Monday and a deep freeze early on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The rest of the week will be warmer with some clear blue skies and clear air to get some great Fall color images.
Best areas for Colors Now: MC Gee Creek, Upper Rock Creek Canyon Road, Bishop Creek Canyon, Old Mammoth and the Twin Lakes area
There will be an update mid week after we drive around the area and see what has happened to the leaves from the hard freeze.
FAQ: Somebody asked about the June Lake Loop this morning, right now that area has not peaked yet, but should quickly with the colder nights. Up in Lundy Canyon the upper reaches with be past peak with the lower parts of the Canyon possibly at peak. Keep checking in here for updates.
Mountain Biking: Boom and just like that we have snow on the ground. If you plan on riding make sure it’s below the 8200-foot level or be ready to ride thru the snow.
For the full Mountain Bike Report and ideas of where to ride this Fall, use this link.
Hiking: You will find snow on the ground from about 8500 feet up. In areas of direct sun some of the snow has melted off below 9000 feet. The road to the Lakes Basin has reopened so get out for a rare snow hike before winter sets in soon.
Winter Operations: Mammoth Mountain is scheduled to open on Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at 8:30 AM.
However, if there is enough snow and cold air to make snow they can open early. It’s been a few years now since it happened so in my mind we are due for an early opener sooner than later.
For those who do plan to ski or ride a lot this season make sure you have an Ikon season pass. **Prices on passes go up to $100 on October 15th** Here is the link to learn more about the Ikon Season Pass.
Snowmaking Watch: Crews have been out setting up the snowmaking guns around Main Lodge and MC Coy Station. There might be an open window with some cold air and base snow later this month.
Of course if any news comes in about snow making I will pass it on to right here at the website. If you would like to learn more about Mammoth Mountains Snowmaking System check out the page we set up with all you need to know.
Snowmaking Crews Using the Snow to Help Get Equipment Up the Hill Quickly.[/caption
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