Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows both closed all lifts this afternoon due to safety concerns caused by heavy snowfall, high winds, and lightning.
Mammoth has received 5-feet of snow this last storm alone, and this afternoon advised the public that they were closing all lifts until tomorrow due to heavy snowfall, strong winds, and safety concerns.
All lifts will be closed at 1p today due to heavy snowfall, strong winds and safety concerns. We will be back to normal operations tomorrow at 8:30a – see you then!
— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) March 22, 2018
Due to high winds, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced delayed the opening of upper lifts, and then only opened with Exhibition, First Venture, and carpets. At 2 pm they then closed all lifts due to lightning risk, although did say they may reopen if and when it becomes safe.
All lifts at Alpine Meadows are currently on hold due to lightning. We will update you when lifts reopen. #alpinelifts
— Squaw Alpine Mtn Ops (@squawalpineops) March 22, 2018
Both resorts closed earlier this month due to heavy snowfall causing inbounds avalanches which buried people. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured so definitely better to be safe than sorry this time around.
On an opposite note, Mammoth Mountain just announced today that they will be staying open through at least Memorial Day. More to follow…