2-20-2020 – 3 PM *Update Good afternoon it’s a perfect day in the high country.
We have clear blue skies today with miles and miles of groomed snow to get out and ride on. Mammoth’s grooming crew has taken over now turning the snow we have on the hill into some great mid-winter fun.
If you want some great wind buff, check out Climax and Dave’s runs.
Mammoth Mountain on Hill Weather Outlook:
For today we are expecting mostly clear skies out on Mammoth Mountain.
AM lows will be in the upper 10s to low the 20s with day time highs now forecasted in the upper 30s to lows 40s out on the hill.
Winds will be light at 5-10 MPH on the lower slopes with gusts to 10-20 MPH over the higher elevations at times.
On Friday, we expect clear skies to turn pt cloudy at some point during the day, lows will be in the 20s for the first chair. Highs during the day will be up into the upper 30s to low 40s. As for winds on Friday we are now expecting light east winds 5-10 MPH.
Friday night into Saturday there is a 50% chance of snow showers with a dusting to 1+ inch of snow possible. Winds will be NE and then switch to the north on Saturday. As of now, wind speeds look to be in the 10-25 MPH range on Saturday.
By Sunday into the following week, it looks to clear up again with more sunny skies and no storms insight at this time. Time to wash your cars and do a snow dance for March.
Here is my report from Skiing on Tuesday: I clocked in 30 runs and 27,500 feet on my Strava app.
We had some really fun skiing and boarding out on Mammoth Mountain under clear blue skies. Sure it has not snowed for a month now but the snow is still putting a smile on my face when I am out on the hill.
Everyone I rode up the lift with on Tuesday liked the slogan “Firm Fast Fun“… and they all had big smiles on there face from the runs they just took.
Up top you will find Cornice and Scotties all groomed out, the snow is firm but you can carve some really nice turns.
By mid-morning, there was a bit of a wind blowing making the snow on Cornice just about perfect wind buff. I got lucky a few times and I had all of Cornice to myself, so I was able to let my skis really fly, what a blast that was.
Climax has some fun wind buff, with the best snow just to the skiers right in Upper Dry Creek. The snow in here with the wind blowing was amazing on Sunday, it was still good today with good carving wind buff. Even saw some people bombing a straight line just under the Gondi.
With a nice pair of carving skis or a board with a good edge, you can rip turns off in the Fast Firm Fun snow on and off the groomers.
Taking some laps on the intermediate groomers we skied from Chair 4 over to Chair 12 and found some really fun machine groomed mid-winter snow. Yes, the snow has a firm base but it’s skiing and riding good at this time.
I also wanted to add in: There is a difference in hard-pack snow vs icy conditions, I have had several people tell me it’s ice on the runs I skied today, sorry but that’s not ice, it’s hard-pack snow.
My group did not ski over on 9 or 25, it’s low tide and the freeze-thaw cycle has started so we tried to avoid that area when we had a chance to ski it in the morning. I did here there has been some good winter corn snow midday in the direct sun, just watch for rocks and obstacles sticking out of the low tide base on that side of the hill.
If your skiing out of Eagle or Canyon the runs has plenty of snow from all the snow they have been making over the last month.
It’s has been getting warm and with the direct sun, the lower runs on Little Eagle and over at Canyon can get a bit springy at this time of year.
The result the next morning is icy conditions, best to avoid the runs heading to Canyon and Eagle first thing in the AM, by 10 it starts to soften up enough for some good fun.
I hope to see you out on the hill soon, Snowman out…
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More Mammoth Mountain Information:
Mammoth Mountain Snow Base @ Eagle Lodge Area 1-3 feet – Canyon Lodge Area 1-3 feet – Snow Study Site at Main 40 inches – Runs off the Top 5-6 feet – Mammoth Sign at 11,000 feet 8 feet
Snowmaking crews have been out supplementing the base for several weeks now. This effort is helping to keep the groomers in great shape with some really fun carvable snow and in most areas, the snow is free of those little floating rocks that came out during past lower snow years.
All lifts are now running for the winter season (wind and weather permitting), lift hours are 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Mammoth Area Shuttles are also running for the season when you check into your lodging ask about the closest shuttle stop and leave your car at the condo.
Other Things to do:
For Winter Fun try Wolly’s, Tube Park. It’s a blast for a couple of hours of sledding. Nothing like a fun session of sledding in the lanes, give it a shot if you’re looking for something new to try. Here is a link with moreinformation on local sledding and the tube park.
There is also the Town Ice Skating Rink that is open for the rest of this month. It’s located just beyond the Vons Mall across from the Mammoth High School. Lots of fun to be had on the ice and yes they have ice skate rentals.
For non Winter Sports, I have been doing some mountain and road biking a couple of days a week.
Lower Rock Creek Canyon for Mountain Biking is wide open with just a bit of ice and snow on the upper 1/3 of the trail in the shady areas. Beware of people climbing the trail and for hikers in the area, not a lot of people on the trail but you will encounter a few.
Down in Bishop, thereare a ton of trails I have discovered that are great to ride, as of now none of them are mapped so I will have to work on exposing some more of what you can ride in this area.
For Road Biking, Bishop has seen a mix of cold and warm riding conditions over the last week. Lot’s of people out taking in the deserted roads from Bishop to Round Valley. You just need to layer up most days as it’s been in the 50s to low 60s.
Also to note there are spots that you can fish at this time of year, google it and maybe get out there for a hookup. The Eastern Sierra offers up so much to do right now, get some skiing in and then get out and explore.
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.
Ted Schlaepfer – The Mammoth WeatherGuy – Powder Forecast – These forecasts are now responsible for many people getting multiple powder days on Mammoth Mountain over the years. People email us saying they plan their days off around The Mammoth WeatherGuy Powder Forecasts.
Ted’s Bio: Ted has been a full-time Meteorologist (CCM) for the past 25+ years. He has always been fascinated with the weather,” skiing was just a natural extension of my love for snow and rain. I started skiing at age 5, first discovered Mammoth in 1979 as a youth, and have been a regular visitor since the late ’80s.”.