Fast Ski Sports in Mammoth Lakes

3-1-2021 10 AM We have clear blue skies over Mammoth Mountain this morning.

Weather-wise this week expect mostly sunny skies through Tuesday and then there will be a chance of snow showers Wednesday with a dusting to 1 inch of snow possible and then back to sunny skies Thursday through Friday.

Highs will be in the upper 30s to low 40s most of the week with a bit of cooling on Wednesday. Winds after today should remain in the 10-20 MPH range out of the SW to S.

The weekend outlook has a weak system in the area on Saturday with more sunshine on Sunday. Beyond that time frame, we could see several systems next week and if we get lucky each one will offer several inches of snow over a 24 hour period.

It does look like this month we could see several storm systems move thru the area with some of these being moderate in strength.

The Mammoth WeatherGuy will have a fresh Powder Outlook on Tuesday by 5 PM with all the details of what to expect over the next couple of weeks.  

Road Conditions: Roads are clear at this time. To see what the current road conditions look like check out our road conditions webcams page.

10 Day Snowfall Outlook
10 Day Snowfall Outlook

Mammoth Mountain Snow Report:  Snow conditions out on the hill are fast and firm on the groomers with a nice corduroy surface to turn on. If you’re out early the snow over on the Main Lodge side and on the mid-mountain lifts is the best to start the day.

Days are getting longer now and with the sun higher in the sky the runs that are firm first thing are softening up by mid-day. So once mid-morning arrives the Canyon and Eagle lodge runs are a blast to ski and ride on. If you’re over by Eagle you can expect the runs in the direct sun to spring up now mid-day.

Both Cornice and Scotties are groomed off the top if you’re looking for a fast-speed run. Off the groomed, there has been some really fun wind buff with sugar snow blowing all-around at times over the last week. For the best wind buff, try out Climax, Dave’s along with the Wipe Outs and Dropouts. Do beware it’s very frim up top and if you fall you’re going to slide a long way down the hill. 

Ikon Season Pass Sales are coming up in March, I will have a link with all the information you need to purchase your pass posted here starting on March 11th.

Ski ya later, Snowman… 

Chair 23 - Photo by Ryan Hurley
Chair 23 – Photo by Ryan Hurley

Other Things to Do During the Winter in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra

While most of you will be coming up to spend all your free daylight hours on Mammoth Mountain there are plenty of other things to do in the area during the winter months.

I know many people that want to come up but are not interested in skiing and snowboarding. Here are a few ideas of what else there is to do.

Scenic Gondola Rides: Taking a ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain is an amazing experience. The views are breathtaking as you ride up and beyond compare once your standing at the top.

Once you reach the top station you will have a 360 degrees view of the Eastern Sierra and the Sierra Nevada. You will also get a chance to get a picture of the famous Mammoth Mountain Sign at 11,000 feet.

There is also an interpretative center with more information about the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Mountain, and the mountain peaks you can see from the 11,000-foot level.

Snowmobiling is a blast in the Mammoth area. However, the fun is dictated by how much snow we have. During years of average and above snowfall, the amount of riding you will find is amazing. 

If you’re new to the sport you will want to take a 2 hour trip with Mammoth Snow Mobile adventures that is located out of the Main Lodge area. 

When there is ample snow there are miles and miles of riding on groomed-out services roads you can access. Learn more about Snowmobiling at this link:

Cross Country Skiing: There are some incredible options for Cross-Country skiing here in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern High Sierra. My favorite for Cross Country Skiing is the Tamarack Cross Cross Country Ski Area in the Lakes Basin.

Your options and where to go will be determined by the weather, snow and the time of winter you come to Mammoth Lakes.

Learn more about cross country skiing in the Mammoth Lakes area at this link:

Sledding: The Snowman loves sledding and snow play with the Family in Mammoth Lakes. On storm days when the hill is mostly shut down, Sledding can keep you and your kids occupied for hours. Our family has come to love the sport of sledding so much we design and build our own courses in the yard.

Personally, I think almost nothing beats a couple of hours of sledding out on the hills around your yard, the town, or in the hills of the Eastern Sierra with the family. Grab the kids, helmets, and a variety of sleds, and get ready for some major fun.

Here is the link to learn more about the sledding options around Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra:

Ice Skating: There are several options for ice skating in the Eastern Sierra. The Town of Mammoth Lakes runs an ice rink down in town right across from Mammoth High School on Meridian Blvd. The ice rink runs from Thanksgiving thru March and the ice is maintained several times a day.

During drier winters there are many open bodies of water that are also skate-able in the backcountry and at lower locations in the Eastern Sierra. A Google search will help you discover some of these hidden gems you can skate. Here is the link to the Ice Rink Information website.

Hiking / Walking: Depending on what the snow levels are you will find some fun hiking / walking options during the winter months.

First off during the drier seasons, the Mammoth Lakes town trails system is a great option for a walk. The paved trails that start by the Blue park off of Old Mammoth Road are the best place to venture as it’s the most likely path to be free of snow and ice.

The second option is the Lower Rock Creek Trail about 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes just past Toms places if you’re heading south of 395. This trail does hold ice and snow so be prepared even if the terrain around is snow-free.

Winter Mountain Biking: For the hearty soul that knows how to layer up for cold biking there are a ton of trails to ride during the winter months depending on what elevation the snow line is at.

Near Mammoth when the snow line is above 7500 feet there are tons of forest service roads you can ride. You will find all sorts of unmapped single-track trails off of these services roads to explore.

Rock Creek Canyon is amazing for downhill action using two cars so you can shuttle back up from the bottom. During the winter you can ride back up the trail or use the road if you’re not able to shuttle, watch for ice on the road as it’s in the shade most of the winter months.

The Bishop area also has many trails you can ride during the winter months and the temperatures are more favorable than riding up in the high country. Do a Google search for trails in the Bishop area or stop by the local bike shop for information on where to ride.

Winter Fishing: The Owens River and the Hot Creek area are open during the winter months for fishing. Yes, it’s cold and your hands are going to get freeze so be prepared. Fishing the Owens River out of Bishop is my call for winter fishing.

Laws Rail Road Museum: I recommend everyone who comes up to 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 the Owens Valley.

Here is the link to the Museums website:

Bishop City Park: Over the years we have spent many hours down at Bishop City Park enjoying the warmer climate and being out of the snow. This is a great place to have lunch and let the kids out to play without all the snow in Mammoth Lakes. You will see many Mammoth locals down here during the winter months trying to get a taste of winter below the snowline. 

More to come… Ski Ya Later Snowman

Photos from February 2021

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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. 

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