Mammoth, CA, Report: “Balls To The Wall” Chute on a Cold, Windy, Sunny Mid-Winter Powder Day on May 7th

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Report from May 7, 2023

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Today was a powder day at Mammoth Mountain, CA.

Maybe we should still call it a mini-powder day?

It felt like a legit powder day.

We waited for Chair 2, starting at 8:20 am and were the 12th chair.

We bolted straight for the mid-station of the gondola and got the first gondy!

But we had to wait until 10:06 for it…

But it was worth it!

We skied our first run straight down under the gondola on climax, and it was dense, fast, fun, bottomless powder.

Felt like a legit backcountry powder run.

We were stoked.

Especially after waiting 90 minutes for it.

From there, we went to Chair 23; it was already pretty torn up but still soft and fun.

Climax. image: snowbrains

We then did a few wind buff runs on Chair 5 that were very good skiing.

Did I mention that the wind steadily picked up today until it felt gale force?

Oh, I didn’t?

Da boys! Owen, Trevor, Dwanis on Balls to the Wall Chute. image: snowbrains

Well, the wind was ripping by the time we left at 2pm.

After a couple of Chair 5 laps the long line at the mid-station gondola had mellowed out and we barged in.

Just before we reached the top, they opened Dave’s side of the top of the mountain giving us access to the Top of the World chutes.

Rime sign. image: SnowBrains

We went for the chute we think is called “Balls to the Wall.”

A handful of turns to a mandatory air to a few lovely snow turns to an apron riddled with traverse tracks but still soft.

From there, we traversed and skied near Chair 22; the shallow hot pow over there was a blast.

Chair 23 tracked. image: SnowBrains

We came back up, hit a couple of Chair 3 laps, and called it at 2 pm.

We were tired.

It was a ton of skiing.

Chair 23. image: snowbrains


Amazing day.

For après-ski, we ate a big lunch, then went back and backcountry skied Earthquake Dome again, and it was crazy fun.

That “Wiggle Butt Chute” is wet and wild.

For après-après-ski, we went to Tall Carl’s place, bought a John’s Pizza, and had a great evening talking about skiing, family, friends, and the future.

Thanks, Mammoth!


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image: mammoth, 5/7/23


image: noaa, 5/7/23


Mammoth Mountain. image: snowbrains
Mammoth. image: snowbrains
Chair 23 Fresh. image: snowbrains
Chair 23. image: snowbrains

Soft rime. image: snowbrains
Sign. image: snowbrains
Mammoth. image: snowbrains
Colors. image: snowbrains
Mammoth Mountain. image: snowbrains
Gondola. image: snowbrains
Minarets, Banner, Ritter. image: snowbrains
Chair 23. image: snowbrains
Chair 23. image: snowbrains
Chair 23. image: snowbrains
Chair 23 tracked. image: snowbrains
Chair 23. image: snowbrains
1966 Mammoth Gondola. image: snowbrains
Mammoth. image: snowbrains
Top of Mammoth. image: snowbrains
Chair 23. image: snowbrains
Dwanis and Mammoth. image: snowbrains
Mt. Esha. image: snowbrains

The Hulk got rimed out… image: snowbrains

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