The storm that almost dumped on Mammoth Tuesday skirted the foothills of the Sierra, but never really made it over the crest. So Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort only got 1” of new snow from the storm. Here’s what the top looked like from the bottom of chair 23:
The new snow did make it nice and grippy, but it is still mostly the groomers that are the best runs due to the current snow drought. Here’s a skier enjoying the groomed run of Stump Alley:
The crowds and winds were light, and you could ski into any chair all day long. The Wall got more snow, but the entry is still rocky. I found the runs on the back of chair 1 to be the most fun. Here’s what the Wall looks like after the new snow:
The bumps are in at the top , and if Mammoth Mountain got only 1-2 feet of fresh powder, it would open up the chutes and the trees. Here’s what Corndrop (between Cornice and Dropout) looked like yesterday morning:
Runs off chair 15 were also really fun in the morning before they got too much sun. There is a 30% chance of new snow this Saturday, and more snow is expected on Monday.
I noticed that Mammoth Mountain snow making crews had dug out the snow guns at many locations so they could add man-made snow to the snow base and keep the coverage good. We are in the middle of one of the biggest drought winters in recorded history, but the good news is the skiing is really nice and fun at Mammoth Mountain. I Look Forward to Seeing You On the Slopes!