Mammoth ski resort in California experienced a vicious 1″ powder storm last night. When we awoke, we saw that there was only 1″ of new snow so we decided to show up at 11am once things had softened up a bit.
When we got to the hill, we could see fresh tracks coming down from Chair 23 and we began to ponder: “could this be a horribly good 1″ powder day?”
In fact, it was.
Once up on 23, we found the skiing buttery with blown in snow and a chalky base. As of 11:30am, the top 1/3 of the run was rippable, the middle third was a bit heavy with a violence-oriented undercurrent, the bottom third was fun, hot, slushy pow.
After a few runs, the clouds began blocking the sun and the temp dropped. This caused the snow to crisp up just enough to make that middle section delicious and that bottom section carvable.
Once this “crispening” occurred, the entire run off Chair 23 was a riot. We blasted top to bottom hot laps as fast as we could until they closed down at 1:30pm. The lifty at 23 was very cool in letting us do one last load at 1:32pm.
The vibe down here in Mammoth is classy. Thanks Mammoth.