- ................................................... 3-15-23 @ 6 AM ... 1-2 Feet of New Sierra Cement with Snow Showers Falling at this time.... BACK COUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING FROM BISHOP NORTH TO VIRGINIA LAKES... 395 IS OPEN WITH CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES REQUIRED FROM 12 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 203...395 REMAINS CLOSED AT MONO LAKE UNTIL AROUND APRIL 7th...Ski Ya Later Snowman
Welcome to MammothSnowman.com – Snow Season 2023
Wednesday, March 15th @ 7:22 AM – Good morning, snow showers continue up on Mammoth Mountain this morning with 18-24 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours. The snow line on Tuesday afternoon went way up to around 8500 feet for a time and then came back down overnight. The high snow level has resulted in some 5-1 ratio snowfall or more base snow.
Road Conditions: 395 is open with R1 conditions 12 miles south of HWY 203. In Mammoth Lakes roads are R1 with narrow streets along with snow plow berms all around. Expect a rapid improvement on the roads in town by this afternoon.
With the sun high up in the sky now the pavement melts out quickly once the plow has come thru. The Mammoth Scenic Loop and Rock Creek Road are closed until further notice. Also to note 395 is closed at Mono Lake for at least 2-3 more weeks if not longer.
Mammoth Mountain Weather: At the time of this update, up top, the winds are out of the SW at 35 MPH and gusting up to 41 MPH with a temperature of 19. Down at the Main Lodge, the temperature is 26 degrees with an SW wind at 10 to 32 MPH at times.
If you’re going to be out on Mammoth Mountain today, light to moderate snow showers in the early morning hours with some clearing possible later in the day. Winds will be moderate and temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s. By Thursday skies will be back to bluebird sunshine with light to moderate winds with pt cloudy skies expected on Friday.
Here is the link to Ted’s Powder Outlook from Tuesday evening.
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Snow Surface Conditions and Ski Area Information: If you’re heading out to ski and ride today my advice is to head to Main Lodge for the best snow conditions. Do beware that there will be a long delay getting that part of the hill open with all the new snow that has fallen over the last couple of days.
22 should also be decent with the Avys chutes most likely the best early on. The clouds should start to clear out later today leading to sunny skies on Thursday and pt cloudy skies on Friday.
The lifts out of Main Lodge when open will be the place to be with some great snow expected on the faces of 3 and 5.
Don’t expect deep powder, but there could be 2-3 inches of lighter snow on top of the fresh 2-3 feet of base snow that fell that last couple of days. Base storms like this usually result in some nice wind-packed snow with sugar on top.
Town Winter Update: Mammoth Lakes is in a total world of white now with 10-15 feet of snow with snow walls up to 20 feet high. Even the snow blowers are having a hard time blowing snow to the top of all the massive piles of snow. Parking lots are a mess with 1/2 of the parking now turned to snow storage.
As the heaviest part of this 3-week storm cycle comes to an end, the town for the most part should recover over the next couple of weeks. If you’re coming up this week I would still bring your own food and supplies and have a snow shovel ready to go.
>>>> Get Your IKON Pass Renewed Now or Get a New One and Start Skiing and Riding on April 10th at Mammoth Mountain. The IKON pass will be good for Big Bear Resorts starting March 16th. Here is the link to purchase your season pass (the sale starts 3/16).
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Website Author – Steve Taylor – Mammoth Snowman – Over the last 35+ 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.
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