This last week I skied Mammoth Mountain Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday. The 55” of snowfall Mammoth received from the 2 storms that hit made it so much better. Tuesday was my daughter’s birthday, so I didn’t ski, but I met some Mammoth Ski Club members on Wednesday and Thursday that are advanced skiers.
We skied Dave’s Run and Cornice off the top, and both were nice and soft. We skied the back bowls, and it was easy to find untracked snow in the trees and glades. You can ski most any run and ski right into the chair. We skied Solitude on the ridge of the new high-speed chair 5, and the coverage was good.
Other areas we enjoyed were Center Bowl on chair 3, and Andy’s run off chair 1. The coverage after the 2 storms was dramatically improved, but by Sunday rocks were again starting to show through. Late Sunday I made the mistake of entering Cornice skier’s left at high speed only to find Mammoth Mountain’s rocky base sticking through the snow. I hit numerous embedded rocks that should have been marked with poles at least.
The rocks tore a 1″ long gash in my ski base on the edge, so I was done for the day. I can say, ski technicians at what was Mammoth Sporting Goods last year (they changed their name this year), did a great job of fixing the ski base and fully tuning my skis in time for skiing on Monday.
Skied all over the open runs on Monday, and more rocks were showing through the snow base. It was nice to have a good tune on my skis, but I was disappointed that the unloading ramp off chair 1 had so many rocks you had to run over. I opted to avoid chair 1 to not destroy my fresh ski tune-up. The coverage over by chair 9 is good, but it suffers from being on the sunny side of the mountain and it gets compacted and icy more quickly than the rest of Mammoth Mountain.
Realistically, Mammoth Mountain is going to have a lean snow year this year in all probability, and they really need another storm to cover the obstacles as snowmaking has ceased. For now, my recommendation is to stick to mostly intermediate slopes where the coverage is best, and leave the advanced runs for the ones who are skiing their rock skis. Pray for snow! Mammoth still needs it.