Mammoth Mountain Ski Report Feb. 24, 2011 for Mammoth Ski Club -WINDBUFF

This morning it is clear, cold, and windy at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. The National Weather Service forecasts a 30% chance of snow today, a 100% chance of snow Friday, a 70% chance of snow on Saturday, then clearing to partly cloudy on Sunday. There is a Winter Storm warning for snow down as low as 1000 ft. elevation. Driving will be hazardous, chains will be required, and roads may close due to poor visibility and blowing snow, especially near the Mammoth airport.

Winds this morning are strong out of the SSW at 15 with gusts to 38 mph for Mammoth Lakes weather. The chair 1 wind gauge shows erratic winds with an average speed of 30 with gusts to 60. Mammoth Mountain Ski resort has a deep snow base at 11-18 feet with 0 new snow in the last 24 hours.

While it is windy today, the wind-buff snow looks awesome. You see, I believe that Mammoth’s best assett is not the fallen snow because it is usually heavy. But for the next 3-4 days after new snow, the winds dry out the snow and redeposit it on the lee side of ridges. These drifts are the lightest, most buttery powder Mammoth gets. And today is an excellent day for that.

On the webcams I can see drifts many places, so bundle up with 3 layers top and bottom, including down mittens and face protection. Then take advantage of ways to be sheltered from the wind like taking the gondola, or going over to the Promised Land where you will be more sheltered from the winds today. I wish I could get some turns in the buttery soft snow today, but I have a dentist appointment at 11: am which kills skiing for me today.

Anyway, it will be an excellent day for those who are prepared for the winds. I’ll be posting a report tomorrow morning before 8: am. Until then, See Ya!

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