Mammoth Mountain, CA Closes Lifts For the Day Because of Too Much Snow

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Mammoth Mountain, CA closed all of its lifts today after receiving 4+ feet of snowfall since Sunday, December 12. | Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

Too much snow. As if that were ever a thing. Well, it is—it’s prompted Mammoth Mountain to shut down its lifts for the day, December 14, after getting 4+ feet of new snow since Sunday night.

Mammoth shared in a Facebook post regarding the resort closure today:

“This severe winter storm has dropped over 3-4+ feet of snow since touching down in Mammoth on Sunday night. We are all beyond stoked about these massive snow totals which will provide amazing skiing and riding for us for months to come. Multiple days of heavy snowfall and strong winds have loaded the mountain with snow and there is extensive work to be done mountain-wide in order to safely open the mountain tomorrow. Avalanche mitigation work will be taking place across the mountain which will cause delays in lift openings, specifically at Main Lodge and the upper-mountain. We humbly ask for your patience as our team works around the clock to safely re-open and expand terrain wherever possible.”

In the same post, Mammoth raised concerns about Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) danger because of the heavy snowfall:

“Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) danger is a reality during and following major snowfall like we are receiving now. Ski and ride with a buddy and keep your buddy in sight at all times. Closures and weather holds are in place for everyone’s safety – do not jeopardize your safety, the safety of our employees and the safety of our guests by cutting closures. At a minimum, you will lose your pass. Stay safe, buddy up and we’ll see you on the hill tomorrow!”

All in all, tomorrow at Mammoth will likely be one hell of a powder day!

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