Welcome to MammothSnowman.com – Fall 2023

September 21st, 2023 @ 9 AM – Good morning from the Mammoth and Bishop area. Cooler days have arrived, and everyone is excited about Fall Activities. There is a lot to do at this time of the year, with hiking, road biking, mountain biking, and fishing the main activities. Note that the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Scenic Gondola Rides have closed for the season.

The Fall Color Season is on everyone’s minds as many of the local Aspens and Cottonwoods from Mammoth to Bishop are starting to show some yellowing of the leaves. Most of the ground cover in the area has now changed over to Fall yellows.

The full-color leaf show should be on in about 7-10 days in the higher elevations, with the peak of colors in the area expected in the 2-3 week time frame. In most years, the peak of the colors starts in the highest elevations and slowly works its way down to the Bishop area.

Mammoth Mountain Weather: An inside slider is now affecting the weather over Mammoth Mountain and throughout the Eastern Sierra from Mammoth to Bishop. This low will bring a 20% chance of a few snowflakes falling above the 9500-foot level today, with clear skies expected Friday into the weekend.

For the next few days, expect mid temperatures up on Mammoth Mountain in the 40s with nighttime lows into the upper 20s to lower 30s. SW winds will be blowing in the 20-40 MPH range right through the weekend. It’s time to layer up if you’re going to be out for early morning activities.

Use this link to get our full Mammoth Mountain & Eastern Sierra Weather Forecast along with the Long Range Outlook.

Area Roads: 395 is open north and southbound with no restrictions. Tioga Pass is also open. The Reds Meadow Road is open on Saturdays and Sundays only due to major road construction in the area. All other roads and passes are open at this time.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Update on Summer and Fall Upgrades

Chair 16 Replacement – Replacement of Canyon Express (Chair 16), an existing high-speed detachable quad chairlift with a new state-of-the-art Doppelmayr D-Line Series 6-Pack detachable high-speed chairlift.

The new chairlift will provide up to 25% more uphill capacity, helping to reduce lift line waits at Canyon Lodge. It will also feature enclosed top and bottom terminals, allowing carriers to be parked out of the weather during storm cycles and help ensure on-time openings on bluebird powder days.

The new chairlift will feature 90-degree loading on an automated loading conveyor, providing a more precisely timed and safe loading at each chair lift. Finally, the new chairlift will be slightly realigned to the north of the existing alignment to reduce snow slide impacts from the adjacent Avalanche Chutes on Lincoln Mtn.

Snowmaking System – Ongoing improvements to Mammoth’s extensive snowmaking system include a $5.5 million investment to expand, automate, and maximize efficiency.

This includes the purchase of 22 new SMI Super Puma fan guns and 15 HKD Klik snowmaking guns, replacing thousands of feet of snowmaking air and water pipe, and installing a new control system.

Woolly’s Tube Park – Embarking on Phase 2 of the master-planned buildout of the Woolly’s Adventure Summit, improvements will include beginning a two-year construction cycle of a new full-service Day Lodge, along with a new Wiegand Alpine Coaster and the addition of summer tubing lanes for Summer 2024.

The new Wiegand Alpine Coaster will provide a thrilling ride through the forest down through exciting curves, spiral twists, and roller jumps through the forest as they descend 3,550 ft of downhill track back down to the Woolly’s Day Lodge.

In addition, synthetic summer tubing lanes will be installed to provide a year-round tubing experience for guests to enjoy in conjunction with the alpine coaster and other improvements slated in the coming years. When complete (expected Summer 2024), the new Woolly’s Day Lodge will feature 6,000 sq. ft. of guest-serving facilities.

Opening Day is set for Friday, November 10th, weather permitting. I have only seen them miss the opener once by just a couple of days over the last 25 years. If you plan on coming up for that three-day weekend, you should expect very limited terrain to be open.

Snowman 🙂

PS: Images from 9-14-23 out on Mammoth Mountain are posted down the page.

9-13-2023 - Top of the New Chair 16, Towers are going in this week. Photo from Kurt S.
9-13-2023 – Top of the New Chair 16, Towers are going in this week. Photo from Kurt S.

Eastern Sierra Travel Information & News

Welcome to the Shoulder Season in Mammoth Lakes and across the Eastern Sierra. Things get quiet as the summer travelers return to their Fall routines. If you’re not tied up, now is an excellent time for Early Fall fun. Do take note that it’s getting chilly, with morning frosts possible by this upcoming weekend. 

Now that Fall is here are some ideas of what to do from Mammoth Lakes down to Bishop.

Mountain Biking: Single Track Trails and Forest Service Roads are now open at all elevations. Get the full details of what’s available and what conditions are like at our new website, Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking.

Mammoth Paved Trail System: Is wide open at this time for walkers, bikers, and E-bikes. The Speed limit on the path is 15 MPH, so please slow down and watch for others on the path if you’re riding a bike.

The Mammoth Lakes Basin: All services remain open in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Some marinas have gone to Fridays and Weekends only, so take note if you’re up midweek. All hiking trails out of the basin are open and snow-free for the time being.

Mammoth Lakes Shuttle Bus: All routes are open, as is the Mammoth Lakes Basin Trolley. Due note the Bike Park Shuttle to Main is Closed for the season.

Hiking: All hiking trails in the area are open for a Fall hike. Mornings are chilly, with frosts expected by the weekend and lasting for the foreseeable future. If you plan on hiking or backpacking next week, keep an eye on the local weather forecast, as a deep fall trough is showing up on some of the weather models today.

Golf: The Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes is now open along with the Bishop Golf Course off of 395 in Bishop.

Disc Golf: You will find complete Disc Golf Courses open at the Shady Rest Park in Mammoth Lakes and the Mill Pond Recreation area near the bottom of the Sherwin Grade. These courses are right next to parks for the kids and picnic tables with shade for lunch and snacks.

Camping Season: All campgrounds are now open and should stay that way through most of October.

Fishing Season: The Water flows are down to normal flows now, and the fishing on Creeks and Streams is decent in the early mornings and late afternoons. Crowley is still fishing well, with many early-morning anglers out on Crowley Lake. Check out the Troutfitter Report at this link to get a full fish report.

Scenic Gondola Rides: Closed Until November 10th.

Rock Creek Canyon: The Canyon is open, with all campgrounds open. Fall Colors are expected to get going in about 7-10 days. Upper Rock Creek Trail and Sand Canyon are available for hikers and mountain bikers.

Bishop Creek Canyon: The Road is open to Lake Sabrina and South Lake.

Laws Rail Road Museum: I recommend everyone visiting the Eastern Sierra to experience this unique museum setting.

You’ll find 11 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including the original depot and steam locomotive, the Slim Princess. Experience what life was like over 100 years ago in Owens Valley.

Here is the link to get more information https://lawsmuseum.org/welcome-museum

Bishop City Park: Here is the link to get more information on Bishop City Park. 

Snowman 🙂

Mammoth Mountain September 14th, 2023

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. 

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 the 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. You can learn more about the MammothSnowman.com team here.