Mammoth got dumped on by a series of storms that rolled in over the last 3 days and blanked the mountain in 30-43″ of new snow. Mammoth Mountain is reporting a base of 75-115″; coverage is phenomenal and the mountain is starting to look like the mountain long time locals and visitors expect here in Mammoth.
Mammoth Mountain got its first real big dump of the season from a storm that came in Thursday and Friday and is in line to get more snow from a storm on Sunday. Friday morning served up some of the best storm riding in at least the last year. 36″ of new snow fell on the top of the mountain, most of which fell overnight Thursday and into the morning on Friday.
Mammoth Mountain opened yesterday (November 5th) with fantastic riding conditions all day long and today was more of the same. Today the mountain ran 5 lifts: Panorama Lower and Upper, Chair 1, Chair 3 and Chair 11 and had 10 runs open including two runs off the top! With low crowds today, fast groomers, some really nice chalky off-piste areas and bluebird skies it was truly an awesome day up on the slopes.
Opening day at Mammoth Mountain is just around the corner! The resort is scheduled to open November 11th and anticipation is high. Cooler temps and some moisture moved through the area over the last 24 hours that brought snow to the upper elevations (dusting all the way down to the base of Chair 2)
With winter just around the corner and dreams of powder becoming more frequent there are also sobering reminders of the dangers associated with skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry. Last year in Europe 137 people were killed in incidents in the European backcountry involving avalanches, that’s more than 40% above average.