There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 5 pm to 11 am on Saturday.
Look for snowfall amounts in the 6-10+ inch range in town, with over a foot possible in the upper reaches of town like the Knolls and the Slopes areas.
Up at the Ski Area we are now expecting 10-12+ inches for Canyon Lodge, 12+ for the Main Lodge area and 15 – 20+ inches possible for the powder fields of Mammoth Mountain. Confidence is moderate to high in this forecast as of 11 AM.
Current Weather Conditions: Up top it’s 32 with a SW wind at 38 gusting to 47 MPH. Here at the studio at 8175 feet we have a 56 with winds to 15 mph out of the SW.
Mammoth Mountain Today – 10-30-2014 – 10 AM
Mammoth Mountain Snow Report: Please note, there is no base at this time so I would not make plans to hike and ski/ride unless we get a lot more then a foot.
The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Opening Day is set for November 13th, 2014 (weather permitting).
Mammoth Mountain Weather Forecast: Winter Storm Watch for Friday Night and Saturday. Look for highs on the mountain in the 30s today with 20s on Saturday. Night time lows will be into the 30s lowering in to the 20s and then the teens by Sunday AM. Great Snowmaking weather after the storm rolls thru into Monday.
Winds will be out of the southwest 15 to 25 MPH with gusts to 45 MPH, above 9000 feet we will have winds 35-45 with gusts in the upper elevation to 65-75+ MPH.
The chart below shows the most current precipitation outlook for this storm. Mammoth Mountain is just a bit north & east of that lower bulls eye that shows 2.1 inches of water content falling. The average storm here in Mammoth has a 10:1 water to snow ratio. So 1 inch of water = 10 inches of snow.
Snowmaking Weather & Operations: Snowmaking crews have been out on the hill for days getting ready. Broadway has ground and a few tower guns all set out and ready to roll on the lower 1/4 of the run.
This weekend should offer up a great run on the system for 2-3 days non stop. If we get the projected storm in here this will be a great start to getting ready for opening day. There is nothing worse then blowing snow on dry ground.
Snowman’s Extended Weather Outlook: 10-31-14 – The 6-10 day outlook has Mammoth with Indian summer weather and off and on snowmaking operations only on some nights. The long range outlook is still calling for above normal snow the second half of the month and then below normal temperatures, however confidence in any outlook at this time is low.
Thanksgiving Outlook: It’s really to far out to call, but as of now expect a few lifts out of the Main Lodge to be up and running on a base of man-made and natural snow. There is a chance things get wet for top to bottom skiing and riding. Snowman out….
More Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Information
Road Conditions: Roads are clear
Make sure you have chains and your winter car kit in your car, SUV or truck.
Check the Cal Tran Live road conditions link here for up to the minuet updates…….
We feature daily updates with simple to understand temperature, wind and snowfall forecasts. Log on using this Mammoth Mountain Weather Guy link.
Bus Routes – Mammoth has a great FREE bus system. There are several routes and all have simple colored system to follow. Here is a link to this years winter transit schedule.
You can get all around town for free, but when it is busy use patience. During holidays things can get very overcrowded at times.
They can blow snow for top to bottom skiing with a vertical of 3100 ft. Snowmaking is also used to build out all the awesome snowmaking parks we have up here on Mammoth Mountain.
Check out this link for more information and a video on snowmaking.
From Opening day the groomers are the rulers of the night out on Mammoth Mountain. Check this video the ski area made about grooming.
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