- …………..……………….................…………10-18-21 @ 5:46 AM......... 4-5 Inches new......... Snowmaking is On......... Roads Closed Sonora Pass, State Route 120 W, Reds Meadow Road, Upper Old Mammoth Rd and Monitor Pass......... Major Snowfall and Storm Cycle starts this weekend......... Ski ya Later Snowman.........
Talking a look at the windowcast there is a dusting to several inches of fresh snow from 7000 feet up this morning here in the Eastern Sierra.
Mammoth Mountain picked up 5 inches at the snow study site @ the 9000-foot level overnight.
Checking conditions around the hill this morning at the top of Mammoth Mountain there is a temperature of 12, winds are WSW @ 37 MPH with gusts to 45 MPH. Down at Main Lodge, the temperature is 17 with a WSW wind at 16 MPH.
Down in Mammoth Lakes, the temperature is 23, in Crowley Lake, it’s 28, and down in Bishop it’s 46 degrees.
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 8000 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: Today you can expect clear skies with windy conditions at times. Highs will be well below average for October. Winds will be SW 15-20 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH and stronger over the top of Mammoth Mountain.
There is a slight chance of snow again on Wednesday and then on Friday before what looks to be a large October base storm hits the mountain next Saturday into Monday.
The weekend into early next week system could possibly bring 2-3 feet of heavy snow to the Main Lodge area by this time next week. Confidence in any outcome is still low but increasing with every one of the models showing a good storm.
For all the details check out our updated weather center, there will be a full update on that page by 10 AM this Monday morning. Here is the link for your complete Mammoth Weather information
Road Conditions: Roads are covered in snow and ice above 8000 feet this morning. Tioga, Monitor, Sonora Pass, Upper Old Mammoth Road, and Reds Meadow roads are going to be closed this morning and maybe all day today.
Ski Ya Later Snowman – PS There are 40 fresh photo’s down the page from Friday.
The Mammoth Snowman Snow Report: Great to see the Mountain picked up 5 inches of fresh snow at the snow study site overnight. Snowmaking is on this morning, does not look like all the guns are up and running.
Over the weekend it there wash a dose of Indian Summer in the High Country. Yep a lot of the snow below 9000 did melt and disappeared only to be replaced last night with several more inches of snow.
All eyes now turn towards the next up coming weather event that could get the Mountain open early.
To get my fully detailed snow reports this season, check out the new snow report page. I just updated that report Saturday night at 8 pm with all the details of what’s happening with snowmaking and base building.
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Fall Colors: Sunday Morning Update – The nightly freezing temperatures have taken their toll now in many of the higher locations. You will see a lot of leaf burn now and a loss of the brilliant colors.
Down in Bishop and Round Valley, the color show is just getting started and it’s amazing.
Best areas for Fall Colors now: Lower and Middle MC Gee Creek has some peaking colors and some effects from the colder weather. About the same on Lower and Middle Rock Creek Canyon Road with the upper section past peak.
Bishop Creek Canyon has some great colors still in the lower and middle elevations with the upper elevations past peak.
Old Mammoth still has some color but the colors are starting to fade with the nighly freezes as is the Twin Lakes area in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.
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 ride 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.
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.
A steeper trail hike with snow some a mix of snow and dirt 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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Author – Steve Taylor – The Mammoth Snowman – Over the last 30+ years, Snowman has spent countless hours studying and learning about Mammoth Mountain Weather and Snow Conditions first hand. He has been skiing around the hill with marked ski poles since March of 1991 so he can measure the fresh snowfall amounts out on the hill.
Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to MammothSnowman.com in 2004 with Video & Photo Blog report. (No YouTube back then). Facebook got added to the fold back in 2008 and then the Facebook Group in 2016.
Reports, videos, and photos from the website have been featured on both local TV Stations here in Mammoth, along with AP, Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC News.