Monday, May 20th, 2024 @ 8 AM – Good morning it’s a beautiful day here in the Eastern Sierra and up on Mammoth Mountain.

Out on the hill, the spring corn skiing and snowboarding season are still going off. It’s been taking a bit longer for the top to thaw each day but the lower groomers get soft quick with Cornice getting nice and corned up around 10 AM and then the rest of the top by noon.

Mountain Biking is now happening below the 8000-foot level, with lots of trails and double tracks to ride at this time. If you want to ride in Mammoth Area the trails off of Sherwin Creek Road or head down to Lower Rock Creek Canyon Trail. For more ideas on where to ride while we wait for the Mountain Bike Park to melt out, check out my new website, EasternSierraMountainBiking.com

Have a great weekend, Snowman.

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5-14-24 - Spring Skiing off the Top at Mammoth Mountain
5-14-24 – Spring Skiing off the Top at Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain & Eastern Sierra Recreational Weather Forecast

Mammoth Mountain and Eastern Sierra Weather this week is looking nice. Expect mostly clear days and about average temperatures for this time of year.

If you plan on coming up for the big Memorial Day Weekend, the weather is looking perfect to kick off the Summer season.

For those planning on going out on the hill today into Friday, here is what you can expect. Today, the skies will be cloudy with a 20% chance of a Thunderstorm. By Tuesday, the skies will clear out, and no buildups or rainfall are expected right through Memorial Day.

Temperatures at the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain will be in the low 50s today, mid-50s midweek, and low 50s at the end of the week.

For the Memorial Day Holiday, expect the mid to upper 50s at Main Lodge. Night-time lows this week into next weekend will be in the low to mid-30s at the 9000-foot level.

Winds on Mammoth Mountain will be SW today at 5-15 MPH, with gusts up to 20 MPH. On Tuesday, the flow turns NE at 10-20 MPH, with gusts in the 20-30 MPH range possible. By Wednesday and Thursday, winds will be back to the SW at 10-15 MPH, with gusts to 25 MPH.

Looking at temperatures in Mammoth Lakes, expect highs this week into the upper 50s to the low 60s, with mid-60s expected this upcoming weekend.

For Toms Place to Crowley Lake, expect mid- to upper-60s with nighttime lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

And for Bishop to Mill Pond, expect the upper 70s to start the week and then low to mid-80s right into Memorial Day.

For Snowman’s Detailed Recreational Weather Forecast & Outlook, click here

Travel & Road Forecast: 395, 203, and Mammoth Lakes Roads are open and clear. Tioga Pass is Closed, Sonora Pass is OPEN, and the Mammoth Lakes Basin is expected to open this Thursday morning. For current webcam road conditions on 395 and 203, visit our road conditions page at this link.

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Mammoth Mountain Snow Report

Snow Conditions: Here is what to expect for this last week of skiing and riding on Mammoth Mountain. The snow starts out firm on the groomers at 7:30 AM, and crews are grooming and salting, so the snow sets up each night.

As I mentioned, Stump Alley gets soft quickly, with Solitude off of chair five quickly following. By 9 AM on Sunday, all the groomers were soft, some of them too soft. Your best bet in the thicker corn is to go wider on your ski selection and leave the thin groomer skies in the car after 8:30 AM.

You also need to ensure you’re waxing nightly and have had your bases textured at a local ski shop. Those steps will help you glide better without the spring bog you get when it gets this warm. If you can’t wax yourself take your gear to Fast Ski Sports and tell them The Snowman sent you in for a Free Hot Wax. 

Up Top, both Cornice Bowl and Scotties are groomed to spring perfection. Off the groomers up Top, you will find some fun spring corn adventure skiing and riding at this time. Climax, the Drops Out & Wipe Outs, and the Noids have all been great rides the last week, getting soft around 11 AM.

Local Choice for this week is laps on Stump from 7:30 to 8:00, then laps on Solitude, and then move onto the Cornice Bowl and Laps off the top. Once the race teams are done and they pull the gates, a run down St Anton is just about perfect in the corn snow.

Here is what’s running: lifts 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 23, and Gondolas 1 and 2. Chair 4 will run from Friday through Sunday. Lift Hours this week are from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Photo Snow Stoke: More fresh photos will be posted midweek. Photos from last week are from Snow Reporter Ryan Hurley.

5-12-2024 - Taking a look out towards the noids while riding up chair 23.
5-12-2024 – Taking a look out towards the noids while riding up chair 23.

I am getting many people asking, “Why is Mammoth Mountain Closing on Memorial Day? It seems a bit early with the base on the hill.”

It’s simple: The Ski Area has a Summer Task list of construction work that will prevent winter operations from continuing into June.

On the list for this Summer:

#1 The Chair 1 Replacement Project – While significant progress is being made at the bottom of Chair 1, construction crews need to clear the road from Main Lodge up to MC Coy Station ASAP for the project to be done in time for the start of the 2024-25 Winter Season. Clearing the Mc Coy Station road will shut off access for skiers and riders from Chair 2.

#2 Gondola Mid Chalet Bull Wheel Replacement – This project must start the day after Memorial Day so the Gondola can reopen for Summer Operations in Late June. During this time, the Lift Maintenance crew will remove the old stage 1 bull wheel at Mc Coy Station and replace it with a new one. Staff will also complete the Gondola’s yearly maintenance, which takes two weeks for each of the two stages.

#3 Chairs 3 and 6 are getting new drives and control systems. This project will reduce the frequent stops that have occurred over the last two seasons. Completing just these two projects will take 5-6 months.

#4 The Ski Area also has a backlog of maintenance that needs to be completed, which did not get done in 2023 due to the Mountain not having a summer season. Yes, there was no out there until mid-August last Summer.

With all that must be done, you can see why they will close on Memorial Day this year. No worries; it’s only six months out until the next scheduled opening day, Friday, November 9th, 2024.

5-13-2024 - View from Hemlocks
5-12-2024 – View from Hemlocks

What’s up, Off the Mountain?

The current snowline in the Eastern Sierra is about 8000-9000 feet. Below that elevation, all forest roads and trails are melted out and ready for hiking, mountain biking, and 4 x 4 adventures.

For the upcoming weekend, the Mammoth Lakes Basin will be open to vehicle traffic once again, and the marinas are all planning to open. There will be no camping yet, as there is still 2-3 feet of snow on the ground above the 8500-9000 foot level in spots.

Woolly’s Adventure Park is currently closed but expected to reopen over Memorial Day Weekend. The Roller Coaster will open for a Summer preview at that time. The Adventure Center at Main Lodge will also be open with the Rock Climb and the Ropes and Swings you’re all used to seeing.

Mountain Biking has now opened on all trails and forest service OHV roads below the 8000-foot level. Check out our detailed Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking website at this link.

Hiking Trails: A lot more hiking trails are opening up, with the snow quickly melting off. This week, I would try out the Sherwin Lakes Trail. It’s perfect weather, and this one melts out much quicker than trails in other locations.

If you want to get into the full Spring zone, there is much to do in the Bishop area. Fishing Season, The Disc Golf Course at Mill Pond, and the Bishop Golf Course are open. As the area warms up by mid-month, floating the Owens River will also be an option for some fun.

Fishing season is wide open, and some great catches are being had in local lakes. I saw an 8-lb fish come out of Convict last week. Crowley is overflowing, so beware. Shore camping and fishing are out in some areas once again this spring. From what I have heard, it’s been a great bite so far.

Camping Season has begun, and a limited number of campgrounds are now open for early-season campers. Beware, it’s still cold at night, with lows near freezing. Here is a link to the USFS Camping page.

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park has no set opening date yet, but lower mountain trails should be accessible some time in late May / Early June. I would expect most of the Bike Park to open by the July 4th Holiday Week, when they reopen the Gondola for the Summer Season.

Click here for a complete list of activities in the area other than skiing and snowboarding on Mammoth Mountain.

Have a great day, Snowman Out….

Mammoth Mountain Photo Snow Stoke

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