A storm has been forecast to hit Mammoth all week and today, it came forth with fury.
The day started off with light snow in town about 8am with no wind. By the time we got up onto the mountain around noon, the snow had already piled up somewhere around 1-3″ deep and the intensity of the snow was ratcheting up each run.
When we left the mountain today at 1:30pm, it was full-on nuking and felt a helluva lot more like mid-February than mid-May. The wind was ripping across Chair 3 at 40mph the temperature at the base of the mountain at 1:30pm was 25ºF… on May 14th…
At closing time (1:30pm), there were upwards of 4″ or 5″ of new snow at the top of Chair 3 in spots.
The skiing was fun. We cranked laps on Chair 3 for an hour and half. The snow was deeper every run. By the last run, you weren’t hitting bottom any more. The snow had a smooth, very creamy texture that allowed for speed and confidence.
Chair 23 was open for a little bit this morning from 7:30am until 8:30am and we didn’t get a chance to get up there.
The forecast for the rest of today is calling for 3 more inches at the base of the mountain with 3 more inches tonight at the base. Another inch of snow is forecast for the bottom of the hill tomorrow.
There is snow in the forecast for Mammoth for everyday for the next week.
2 Photos of Chairlifts & Snow:
Tomorrow is going to be a stellar day at Mammoth Mountain, CA.