9,945′ Tioga Pass and 9,624′ Sonora Pass in California closed last Thursday due to a large snowstorm that dropped 18″ on Mammoth Mountain, CA.
Both Tioga Pass & Sonora Pass reopened today at around 12pm (noon) after both roads were successfully cleared of that new snow.
Tioga and Sonora passes had near record early openings this year both being opened completely by April 17th, 2015. These record early openings were due to extremely low snowfall this winter.
We drove over Tioga pass last Wednesday and the skiing near the road was nothing to write home about. We chose not to ski Ellery Bowl due to lack of snow. Report here:
Be careful if you go skiing up on Tioga or Sonora this week as there will be only the new snow, about 12-18″, on top of rocks in many spots.
We witnessed some nasty injuries at Mammoth last Saturday due to people hitting rocks hard while skiing and riding. There is only a little bit of snow covering rocks in most places.
We’ll have reports from Sonora and Tioga this week. Stay tuned.
Also, a storm forecast to hit Sonora and Tioga this Thursday have the potential to close the passes once again. Heads up and have fun.