Mammoth Mountain is alive and well despite Mother Nature’s stinginess with natural snow. There is good skiing on many runs, and the new “High-Five Express” chair opens this Friday. Here’s what it looked like today:
I like how they moved the base of this chair so it is easily accessed from chair 3 by Coyote. It also directs downhill traffic away from the chair which is better traffic flow. This will really help in moving people around the mountain.
Mammoth Mountain has been uncrowded since opening a month ago. There’s not a lot of natural snow, but the parks and pipes are great, and I’ve found myself doing some of the fastest runs I’ve done in a long time because there is no one on the run to distract me. The coverage on the runs is surprisingly good with some obsticles.
I skied all over the open runs today. I thought the worst snow conditions were off chair 10, and the best were the backside of chair 1. Those runs were very carvable, and I did probably 6 hot laps in rapid succession.
Canyon and Eagle Lodges opened today so you can access Mammoth Mountain from any of the normal access points, parking lots, and lodges. I’ve heard Big Bear has a deeper snow base than Mammoth, but you’re still stuck with their short, mostly flat runs in comparison. I prefer Mammoth’s terrain, and tons of high-speed chairs.
This Christmas avoid the crowds, and come to Mammoth Mountain. You’ll be glad you did. (reservations are down) Until then, I’ll See You On the Slopes!