Mammoth, CA Report: Hot Top-to-Bottom Laps, a Hard Crash, & a Powder Day Incoming?

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Report from May 20, 2021

Yesterday was the transition day just before a cold storm rolled into Mammoth, California.

Windy, cool, and pretty cold with the strong 50mph winds up top.

I wore the same amount of clothes that I wear mid-winter in Jackson Hole…

I arrived at 11 am and that timing was just about perfect.

I went up to Chair 3 and the snow on the groomer there was still firm.

Lower mountain runs were already slushy.

Owen Leeper at 11,000′. image: snowbrains

I decided to try a top to bottom via the gondola (Chair 23 was closed due to wind).

The groomer off the top was excellent and I took it and its speed straight into the lower racecourse runs and they were exquisite!

Fast, fun, flowy, and exhilarating!

Mammoth views. image: snowbrains

I met up with Owen Leeper, Greggy, & Bevan and we started mobbing top to bottom laps.

I was trying to follow-cam Greggy when I got too close and he sprayed me hard and I went down even harder.

Ripped the GoPro off my helmet, cut my face, gave myself a fat lip, and landed on a ski, and got a solid bruise above my right knee…

Tall sign = low snow. image: snowbrains

I was a bit shaken up but we kept skiing.

Fortunately, all my wounds were only skin deep and I’m feeling fine this morning.


Looking back from the gondy. image: snowbrains

It was a hard fall.

Today, we awoke in Mammoth to a dusting of snow and 10ºF temps on the summit.

I’m likely gonna wait until noon to head out there.

The forecast is for quite a bit of snow today and tonight.

Powder day tomorrow?

Snow Numbers:

image: mammoth, 5/21/21


image: noaa, 5/21/21

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