Mammoth Mountain Snow & Weather Conditions on 12-18-2014

mammoth_snowman12-17-2014 – 5:24 PM – Hello and thanks for stopping by

Photo Snow Shots from Wednesday 12-17-2014

The window-cast shows shows clear bluebird skies over Mammoth Mountain and across the entire Eastern Sierra.

It’s a winter wonderland here in Mammoth, perfect for a Christmas / New Years visit.  (Yes it’s low snow tide, but lot’s of fun to be had)

Current Weather out on the Hill:  at 7:38AM it’s snowing lightly and it’s 16 up top with NW wind at 10 MPH.  Down at Main Lodge we have a 17 with light winds at this time.  Looks to be a perfect clear sunny day out on the hill.

Check out Snowman’s Snow Shots from Wednesday, for best viewing click on any image to open up the full size gallery.

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Mammoth Mountain Weather:  Clear skis today, we should see clouds move back into the area with snow showers on Friday, we could see 2-3 inches out of that system.

Highs Thursday will be in the upper 20s to low 30s with night time lows in the 10s to 20s for continued snowmaking.   Winds will return to the SW 15-20 MPH at times later today.

Christmas week into the end of the month is looking like more clear days then stormy ones.  At this point in time there are two solutions for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

One is clear and dry while the other shows up to a foot of fresh snow for Christmas Day.  Right now we are going with the dry forecast but that could change fast.

It does look like things could be setting up via the MJO for some Snow around New Years into the first part of January.  Some of the outlooks we use do show a warm break through of the westerlies for some nice base building up on Mammoth with rain below 8000 feet.   Get our complete outlook at our weather page.


Snowman’s Snow Report:  From 12-18-2014 at 7AM

Good morning from Mammoth Mountain.  We currently have access to some great packed powder conditions from Chair 4 up to the top of the mountain.

The best snow is on G2 & Chair 23 – Looks like this last storm really added to the base up top.  My bet is they got 18 – 24 inches over the last few days.

Looking at the AM Cam shot it’s looking really good up top.  Expect access today to Cornice, Dave’s, The Drop Outs, Scotties and the Paranoids.  We will get a update on Climax and the Wipe Outs later today.

The Face of 3 is looking better each passing day.  West Bowl and Center Bowl have the best coverage that we could see in the clouds on Wednesday.   The good news is the whole face is now open with access to coyote as well.   The snow in here is a great rider packed out snow.

The Unbound –  Main Park and Forest Trail Park are opened.  They both have lot’s of jibs and jumps set up for hours of fun.  Main park is for the more advanced riders and Forest Trail is servicing beginners and intermediates.  South Park does not have enough snow to be built out at this time.

Canyon and Eagle Lodges are now open.

Coverage down at Little Eagle is about as thin as I have seen it.  I would use this lift for access to the rest of the mountain and not plan on making laps until they blow more snow.  It is defiantly not a place to learn to ski or snowboard at this time.

Canyon Lodge area is in decent shape but there is only a base of 10-30 inches.  There are lot’s of little tree tops sticking out on some of the runs they have not blown snow on.   I would stick to using downhill or swell as access to the rest of the mountain until they make more snow or we get more natural snow.

Lincoln Mountain was hiked and skied and snowboarded big time on Wednesday.  Viva and Avy 2 offered up some fun powder, but watch for tree stumps and lot’s of rocks.    The lower half of Lincoln from the follow me trail down also needs more snow before you drop in to that area.

The Face of 5 is starting to fill in but could still use 12-18 more inches of snow to make it really safe to ski or board at this point.  Just like last year you can get in and pick and chose some good lines, but use caution and slow down.

Solitude off of chair 5 is looking good with the massive nightly snowmaking that took place over the last week.

The East Bowl and Chair 9 … I would stay out of this area until we get 18-24 inches of more natural snow.  There are some fun lines but its not worth it to completely ruin you’re gear getting to them.   They have a sign up that say’s ski and board damage likely if you go into that area.

Mammoth Mountain may not have a 10 foot base, but there is plenty to ski and snowboard on.  With more snow on the way this weekend it should be a decent Christmas here in Mammoth with snow activities from 8000 feet and above.   Ski ya later, Snowman out….

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