Today we awoke to another blue bird day. Drove to the Main Lodge, and Hwy 395 was clear to the Mammoth Lakes turnoff. The chains required signs started at Whiskey Creek for those headed to Canyon and Main Lodges. The traffic was light considering it is Thanksgiving. They had more runs groomed, and more lifts open today. We skied chair 2 at first opening. There were only about 8 people waiting, and we got right on the chair. The snow was soft and really easy to get an edge into. I chased my daughter down run after run on Stump Alley, and Mambo to Patrolman’s. Then we skied Broadway and the back siode of chair 3 which had really nice coverage, and was relatively soft.
Then the top opened and we hit Dave’s Run for the first time this year. Dave’s Run was like fresh fallen light powder, and was the only part of the top that did not slide when they completed the avalanche control yesterday. We ventured over to chair 12 and did a few laps over there and it was really empty, ski right into the chair sking all day long. We skied the backside and even that was nice and soft everywhere with lots of places to drift off into the lightly tracked powder if you felt adventurous, and didn’t mind hitting an occaisonal hidden rock.
We finished up the day on chair 1 and and 2 doing some “training laps” at high speed. I was struck all day by how open the slopes and the chairs were. We never waited more than 4 people deep all day at every chair. There is a Mammoth Lakes weather report that shows another storm is headed our way that looks like it will potentially drop several more feet on my favorite mountain, Mammoth Mountain on Saturday and Sunday. I’m skiing tomorrow, so I will be giving you a report from the slopes tomorrow.