Today is a day to grab your skis and hit the mountain ASAP. Mammoth Mountain got 22-34″ of new snow in just the last 24 hours! The winds were very high yesterday, but are low today. The National weather Service forecasts a High of 15 and a Low of -2 F today for Mammoth Lakes weather with a 70% chance of snowfall. On the local radar loop, I see most of the moisture has passed us. There is just some very cold, unstable air still over our area that could make it snow lightly.
The chair 1 wind gauge shows light winds averaging 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph which is much lower than yesterday. The webcams show light grooming of the runs and copious powder stashes all over the mountain. Since the winds blew up to 120 mph yesterday, look for snow drifts on the lee side of the ridges for the softest, lightest powder.
Today you will need to be wearing at least 3 layers top and bottom, fleece face protection, your helmet and ski jacket hood for warmth. Take breaks about every hour to warm up in one of Mammoth Mountain’s fine lodges. The trees and The Promised Land will be amazing today for Mammoth Ski Club members. If they open the top today, you’ll be in for a special treat of thigh deep powder in places. Next snow is forecasted to come Tuesday/Wednesday. OK, I’m going to go sample the powder, and I’ll See You On the Slopes!