10-15-21 @ 6:49 AM – Hello and thanks for stopping by MammothSnowman.com.
Talking a look at the windowcast we have clear skies over Mammoth Mountain and over all of the Eastern Sierra.
Checking conditions around the hill this morning at the top of Mammoth Mountain there is a temperature of 38, winds are out of the NE at 15 MPH. Down at Main Lodge, the temperature is 30 with NE winds at 2 MPH. Snowmaking is now OFF and the door is closed on making any snow until Sunday night when marginal conditions return.
Down in Mammoth Lakes the temperature is 28, in Crowley Lake it’s 21 and down in Bishop it’s 32 degrees with frost on the roofs.
If you’re planning on a hike or a mountain bike ride over the next week please be aware that the snow line is now at 8500-9000 foot level in the Mammoth Lakes area.
Areas to the south of Mammoth received less snow so a lot of it has melted off, such as Bishop Creek Canyon, Rock Creek and MC Gee Canyons.
There are still some great Fall Colors out there, with the Bishop and Round Valley area starting to show some peaking trees. Read more about where to look for the colors down the page.
The Weather Forecast: Expect Indian Summer weather the next couple days with highs in the 50s to low 60s into Saturday for the high country. Bishop by the weekend will be into the ’70s. Nighttime lows in all areas will be in the mid to upper 30s.
Been working hard on a whole new weather format and weather forecast center for you here at the website. Check out this link for that information, I will be updating the #wxmammoth center almost daily now that we are into the snow season.
Road Conditions: Roads are now clear watch for patches of ice and snow in shady spots above 8000 feet. Time to get your winter car kits updated and ready for the upcoming snow season.
Ski Ya Later Snowman
The Snow Report: With a foot of fresh snow and the snowmaking crews pulling off a 48 hour run the base is looking good for October 15 on Broadway.
Of course the rumor mill in town is going saying the ski area is opening a week from Saturday. As of now there is no change in the opening date.
Not sure how they would open that early as the snowmaking window looks to be closed and the fantasy forecasted storm cycle as been pushed beyond next week. Maybe they could open Broadway on a one foot of base, only time will tell at this point.
The prospects of having enough snow to open early (if the mountain wanted to) are still on the table. Let’s hope and pray we get a couple feet later this month and the lifts get rolling.
As of now, Opening Day is set for November 13th at 8:30 AM.
Oops **We had an error with the template on the new snow report page, we are working on fixing that. The updated page should be live again this weekend.
Get your season pass for the 2021 – 2022 Winter Season. Here is the link to learn more about the Ikon Season Pass.
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More Local Information
Fall Colors: Friday Morning Update – Still some great colors to view here in the Eastern Sierra.
The hard freeze early this week was not as bad as forecasted. A lot of trees above 8500 did get the leaf burn, but below that, there are still tons of colors to see in the High Country.
Down in Bishop and Round Valley, the color show is getting started and it’s amazing.
Best areas for Fall Colors now: MC Gee Creek, Lower and Middle Rock Creek Canyon Road, Bishop Creek Canyon, Old Mammoth, Round Valley and Bishop. I have not had a chance to make it to June Lake but I would expect the colors to be good in that area as well.
Mountain Biking: All trails above 9000 feet are now done for the season it appears. For those who don’t mind riding a mix of snow and dirt you can still riding the Bike Park on your own accord.
Trails out of Canyon Lodge and over in the East Bowl by chairs 9 and 15 are still ride able now. The Snowman has also loved riding thru a mix of snow and dirt. Tons of fun for sure, just layer up for the cold weather.
The good news is we have some of the best mountain biking around in the lower elevations during the Fall and Winter months.
My go-to spots for the next few months will be Rock Creek Canyon by Tom Place, The Big Buttermilk – Tungsten Loop area, and Chipmunk Canyon out of Bishop.
Late morning to mid-day is the perfect time to get out for a long ride with great riding temperatures.
I will update the Mountain Bike Report page with a full update in a few days as time allow.
Hiking: You will find a mix of snow and ice on the ground from 8500 feet up now. If you’re not used to hiking in the snow and ice get some poles and a good pair of waterproof boots before you hit the trail.
Footloose Sports has all the hiking gear you need and the staff knows the local hiking trails well. Check them out when you’re in town and be properly prepared for hiking in the snow.
You also have the option of using the local paved paths around town. Those paths get plowed out and should be awesome for a hike right now. I have spent hours with my kids on those paths, they are one of the best improvements the town ever made.
For a steeper trail hike with snow but not much, would be the Sherwin Lake Trails just outside of town. Last but not least lots of people like to hike the Lower Rock Creek Trail, it’s a great option when there is snow in the higher elevations.
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