Mammoth Opening Weekend Condition Report: Photo Tour

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Mammoth Opening Weekend

While it seems everywhere else in the lower 48 has already gotten pummeled, from 60″ inches in Jackson to deep pow in the Rockies, it just so happens that the skiing in Mammoth is ripping as well. While it’s not deep pow, the coverage and amount of terrain they have is quite remarkable.

The main run off Chair 1 was as good as man made gets.
The main run off Chair 1 was as good as man made gets.

What is open:

  • Chair 1
  • Chair 3
  • Chair 6
  • Chair 11

Chair 1 is hands down the bread and butter of Mammoth at the moment (unless of course you’re more a fan of park, in which case Chair 6 was your ticket). There is ample coverage on all the main trails back to the bottom, with the few hazards well marked by patrol.

Surprisingly they even had Chair 3 spinning, offering some pleasant variety
Surprisingly they even had Chair 3 spinning, offering some pleasant variety

Surprisingly they also had Chair 3 spinning, opening up the lower three quarters of the mountain and offering up just enough variety to keep you entertained all day long. Again, coverage off of Chair 3 was exceptional for the lack of snow.

We have to give a hats off to the Mammoth snow making crew…they have no permanent fixtures and have to tow all their snowmaking equipment to set it up…and they have been doing it quite well.

Sending it off the one jump offering at Mammoth
Sending it off the one jump offering at Mammoth

Mammoth even managed to put together a solid park line, feature a number of rails and boxes, and even pushed enough snow to get a small 10 foot table up and running.

Some snowboarder getting their picnic jib on at Mammoth
Some snowboarder getting their picnic jib on

If you’re hoping to get in a little off piste skiing after the storm from a week ago, don’t get your hopes. Things are still far too thin to venture off the beaten path. That said, the trails that they do have open are fast and fantastic.

Keep doin’ those snow dances, its California’s turn for a little winter lovin’!

Photo Tour of Mammoth Opening Weekend:

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Looking up at Chair 23 from the top of Chair 1
Looking up at Chair 23 from the top of Chair 1
The halfpipe is not quite ready to go...but they did just recently build the dirt walls higher to make it that much easier to get it going
The halfpipe is not quite ready to go…but they did just recently build the dirt walls higher to make it that much easier to get it going
Beware: It's still early.  Here we have some, shall we say, interesting tracks.
Beware: It’s still early. Here we have some, shall we say, interesting tracks.
While the mountain was generally quiet, the strip reserved for the park saw constant traffic
While the mountain was generally quiet, the strip reserved for the park saw constant traffic
About to drop into ADG, looking out into the valley at Mammoth
About to drop into ADG, looking out into the valley
The weekend is set to be complete with sun deck music and plenty of sunshine
The weekend is set to be complete with sun deck music and plenty of sunshine
Still in need of a bit more snow...looking up to the top of the Gondola at Mammoth
Still in need of a bit more snow…looking up to the top of the Gondola
It was consistently windy, but never overbearingly much
It was consistently windy, but never overbearingly much

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