I got to chair 2 at Mammoth Mountain about 8:45 this morning, and parked right across from the entry point. I was at the top of chair 2 by 9 am, and did a run down Mambo. It was really cold with a temperature of 10 degrees, and a wind of maybe 10 mph. Once you started skiing, it was the equivalent of about minus 10 degrees wind chill. I wore 3 layers on top, and a fleece balaclava under my helmet. Then I wore my down gauntlet mittens.
After about an hour, I went back to my car to give my skin a break from the cold. There I added my silk inner gloves under my down mittens. I went back out and skied Mammoth Mountain’s chairs 2, 3, 5, and 1.
The snow everywhere was amazingly good. The snow making crews at Mammoth Mountain are doing an amazing job with the Mammoth task of covering Mammoth’s runs with man-made snow.
The lift lines were non-existent except for 2 times when I skied chair 2 after 10 am. The top was not open while I was there today. You could ski right into chairs 3 and 5.
I hope that all of you are completing your Christmas shopping so you can feel the Christmas spirit. Maybe if we all ask Santa for an unexpected gift of snow, we will get a surprise snowfall soon.
The best skiing at Mammoth Mountain is from opening to about 11:30 when it gets more crowded and the snow coverage gets a little thin. Pray for a dump, and I’ll see you on the slopes!