Mammoth Mountain Snow Report & Conditions from the Snowman
5-29-2023 – The corn snow season is in full swing now; with the cooler nights, the snow will be setting up overnight this week and slowly softening through the morning hours.
Lifts hours for the Summer Season are now in effect from 7:30 AM to 1 PM. Expect World Cup and St Anton to be closed each morning until about 10 AM for the race team training on the hill.
The snow surface on the lower runs that get direct sun is quickly turning over to soft corn by 8:30 to 9 AM. The slowness effect on some of the lower runs has been setting in just after 11 AM around the Mill and Main Lodge.
If you are skiing back to Main Lodge at 1 PM this week, I advise taking St Anton. With the race course set up here, this area is salted well and still not too slow at 1 PM.
This week the snow over the Top is expected to change to soft corn around 10 AM on most days. On chair 23, the Drop Outs thaw first, with the Wipe Outs following shortly with some nice thawing corn snow turns. The Sign Line and Climax are also good by 10 AM with the early morning sun they get.
For those that like the steep groomed runs, Cornice Bowl and Scotties are getting groomed several times a week and get soft around 10 AM. The snow does get all bunched up in about an hour on Cornice once it gets really soft.
Scotties run has been staying flatter longer and offering better turns. Just wait until 10 AM to ski Scotties so you don’t encounter the race detour and miss the St Anton corn snow.
The Face of 3 is also offering up some fun turns. Crews continue to groom the center bowl nice and wide every night. Over on West Bowl, there are minor bumps with one extensive bump line right down the skier’s right. Over on the skier’s left is a long banked slalom course carved out by some local shredders.
Locals Choice is to hit up St Anton, and the Race Runs around 10 AM when the racers finish their training sessions. The Snow is flat soft corn surface when those runs open to the public. Silver-lined corn snow is so much fun on that flat, groomed surface.
With the conditions now wet and warm by mid-morning, waxing your gear at least every other day is mandatory. I wax nighty to help prevent that slow and sticky snow feeling. Fast Ski Sports is doing a FREE hot wax, so check them out if you cannot wax your gear.
Coverage on the hill is excellent, with a 10-25 Foot base from The Mill up to the Top.
Starting on Tuesday, lift hours will be from 7:30 AM to 1 PM, with these lifts expected: 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 23, and the Panorama Gondola. No idea if any other lifts will run mid-week or the following weekend. Canyon Lodge and Eagle Lodge will be closed until next season moving forward.
Lift Tickets for Spring are in the $99 to $139 range and can be purchased online at this link. The best deal on lift tickets is to purchase an IKON Pass at this link. You can buy one today and start using it right now, and it’s good through next season.
Hours and Operation Dates: 7:30 AM to 3 PM Daily through Memorial Day, with reduced hours starting in June. The Ski Area is expected to stay open through the end of July and possibly into August this Summer.
Also, if you’re looking at the Canyon Lodge webcam and see the construction taking place, crews are removing chair 16 to replace it with a new high-speed 6-pack chairlift.
Shuttle Buses: All winter bus routes are now closed. The Town Trolley runs to the Village. At that point, you must get off the bus and wait for the mountains shuttle bus to take you to Main Lodge.
Mountain Biking: If you’re into Mountain Biking, the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park opening will be delayed this season. The good news is that for those who love to pedal and are fit, there will still be many places for you to ride in the Eastern Sierra.
I am working on a brand new website for Mountain Biking that lets you know where and what the current conditions are on those trails. You can check out that website project at this link.
Local Tip: Now that the area has moved into full Spring mode, you want to adjust your plans when you come up. It’s a good idea to have multiple things to do planned out when you travel up during the springtime. Nothing like a great ski or ride session till mid-day and then 18 holes of disc golf down at Mill Pond in the later afternoon hours.
July 4th Holiday: The big holiday weekend will feature winter sports at Mammoth Mountains Main Lodge. These lifts are expected to be open: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, and 23, along with the Panorama Gondola to the Top. The Mountain Bike Park is not expected to be open for the Holiday due to Snow. If the weather stays warm, there could be some lower runs that are open for biking.
On July 4th, down in town at 11 AM, they have a big parade with a 5 K run that goes off at 8 AM. There will also be July 4th Fireworks at Crowley Lake and a small July 2nd Fireworks show at the Village at Mammoth. Up on Mammoth Mountain, there is a summit party on July 1st. There is no mention of a firework show like in 2017 so we will see.
Camping by this Holiday will still be limited to elevations below about 8500 feet, with the Lake Basin above Twin Lakes still expected to have several feet of Snow on the ground.
Ski you Later, Snowman…
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Mammoth Mountain Photos – April 28th, 2023
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More Mammoth Mountain Snow Report Information
Base Elevation 7,953 ft
Summit Elevation 11,053 ft
Vertical Rise 3,100 ft
Skiable Acres 3,500+
Number of Named Trails 150
Number of Lifts 25 (includes 9 express quads, 2 express six-packs, 2 gondolas)
Snowmaking over 50 trails
Parks 8 parks with 100+ jibs and 50+ jumps; 3 halfpipes
The average Snowfall per Year is 400 inches
Average Season Length Nov into June
Check out the full overview write-up on the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at this link.
Live Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Webcams and Still Captures: If you’re looking for current conditions via a webcam view here is the link to take it all in without having to mess with the live webcam control page. I stop by this page at this 2-3 times a day when I need a Mammoth Mountain fix.
Winter Season Operations & Hours: Lifts run from early November until at least Memorial Day each season. This is one of the longest and most consistent seasonal operations in the country. Lifts run from 8:30 AM until 4 PM wind and weather permitting.
Base Lodges: You will find three Base Lodges and 2 Outpost locations at Mammoth Mountain. The Main Lodge is 8900 feet, Canyon Lodge is 8300 Feet, and Little Eagle Lodge at 7900 feet.
Outposts: The Mill is located at the base of Chairs 2 and 10 and the Outpost is located out at the base of chairs 13 and 14. Both offer up food, beverages, water, and restrooms.
Snowmaking: Mammoth’s snowmaking system runs from Main Lodge to the top of the Mountain and over to both Canyon and Eagle Lodge. The system works best when supplemented with some natural snow.
Massive upgrades are taking place with the snowmaking system for the 2022/2023 season. Here is the link to learn more about the snowmaking system at Mammoth Mountain.
Mammoth Mountain Snowfall History: Looking for past snowfall trends and when to plan the best time to come up? Take a look at our snowfall history data page. You will find month-to-month snowfall from 1969 on. Here is the link to access the page.
Parking & Shuttles Service: There is some bogus info on the internet about parking and such at the hill. The bottom line is there is tons of parking if you show up early. Remember you don’t have to access Mammoth Mountain from a lodge you can walk in from several spots on the roads to chairs 4, 20, 21, 10, and of course Chair 2 which has its own parking lot.
For those who are late birds plan on parking down the hill and riding up from one of the MANY shuttle pick-up spots that are well-marked along the road and down in town. During big weekends, holidays and bluebird powder days expect to wait as the crowds will be out. Here is the link to learn more about the shuttle service from town and the parking shuttles.
Lodging Options: We have a few private lodging rentals listed here on the website. Here is the link to access that information.
Get Lift Tickets: The best deal is to get an Ikon Season Pass, 7 days or less and the pass pays for itself. Enjoy the freedom of having a season pass. Just pull up boot up and go, no lines or sell-out days. If you’re looking for a deal on daily lift tickets I would bookmark the lift ticket page at the Ski Area website. There are often non-holiday deals posted.
Black Tie Ski & Snowboard Rentals is offering Mammoth Snowman Website Visitors a 20% off discount. They will deliver gear right to your door or you can walk in for service. Here is the link to set up your reservation and get your Mammoth Snowman discount.
Got Ski Boot Pain? When the Snowman was a young buck in 81 he was ready to quit skiing from foot pain. Then he was fitted with Super Feet Orthotics and got the needed ski boot work down at Footloose Sports. The results were no real foot pain for 4 decades! Learn more about their ski boot fitting service here or call them at 760-934-2400 today.
Need a Ski Tune-Up Matt over at Fast Ski Sports will be in and out of the shop again in Mid October. Give him a call to inquire when you can drop your gear off. Snowman usually drops his gear off in later October so it’s in the early season lineup before any early dumpers hit the hill. Here is the link to see the current tune-up prices.
Other things to do in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra: If members of your family are not into skiing and snowboarding there is a ton to do in the wintertime. Here is the link to learn more.
Photos of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Live MC Coy Station Webcam Feed
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Trail Map
Opening Day Video Snow Report from 10-29-21 in 4k
Where is Mammoth Mountain & Mammoth Lakes, California?
Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol Snowfall Data from 2021-22
Past Mammoth Mountain Snow Report Posts
Mammoth Mountain Resort Snow Conditions:
The Mammoth Snowman and Crew bring you the snow conditions at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, from a local’s point of view. Log on daily to get our fresh morning updates on the current snow conditions. We let you know if the snow is packed powder, powder, firm, or soft. There are on-hill reports from the Top, the Groomers, the East Bowl, Lincoln Mountain, and the Paranoids.
You will also find the current snow depths at the Main Lodge, The Summit at 11,053 feet, Canyon Lodge, and the Little Eagle lodge area. Last but not least you will find what lifts are scheduled to run and what lifts could be on Weather Hold and what the hours of operations our.
Make sure to read our on-mountain trip reports that get posted a couple of days a week with current on-mountain photos and our own Mammoth Snowman Video Snow Report from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. When you read our content is the real deal from real people that have been on the hill that day.
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Second, Snow Conditions change by the hour, so when you read our posts please consider when the post or report was made.
Check the date on the report before you email us! Nothing worse than some crybaby complaining that our conditions are not right. Yep, I get emails like that, again read the date, and don’t be a jerk.
Please Remember that the longer time has passed, the more the conditions have changed.
Third, what Snowman or any other member of the www.mammothsnowman.com community posts is purely based on how that person views snow conditions.
Everyone looks at things in their own view, so one person’s epic might not be your epic day. For example, I love spring corn snow but many people hate it.
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