Today’s window-cast shows clear blue skies at sunrise.
Over the last 24 hours we saw clouds move in after the noon hour on Saturday. The storm we thought would give us a couple inches stayed to our south and we got just a dusting of snow.
Snow conditions out on the hill are a mix of firmer to soft packed powder with some wind-blown sugar blowing around at times.
All lifts and runs are open on a base of 24 to 150 inches from Little Eagle to the Top.
Currently we have a wind advisory posted for this afternoon with gusts to 50 across the ski area and gust to 80+ over the top of the mountain. So we have posted a wind buff alert starting at 1pm.
For today expect clear skies this morning with winds moving in as the day goes on. Late in the day we could see some clouds move in. By tonight there is a 30% chance of snow showers.
Weather wise this week the confidence in any 24 hour period is a very low. Models are struggling with a very complex weather pattern. As it stands now ( and it will change) we see snow or snow showers possible just about daily over the next 10 day period.
Nailing done each day’s snowfall at this point is going to be tough. The overall thinking is we could see 1-2 feet of snow over the week in the powder fields of Mammoth. If the EU model we look at pans out it would be more like 2-3+ feet.
The big change this week that could really limit how much we get is the ultra-cold air in play is now out of the picture. With that said lows with still be in the teens with highs in the twenty’s out on the hill this week.
So let’s post these numbers for snowfall: expect a dusting to 1 inch tonight, again Monday, Monday and on Tuesday. As we get to Tuesday night we could see 2-4 inches with 4-6 inches on Wednesday. Beyond that Snowman will wait till later today to post any numbers up.
Winds this week will be moderate to strong with gusts 25-35 MPH down low with mid mountain winds 35-55+ and higher gusts over the top.
Locals Choice this week is get out early for fresh groomers and whatever fresh snow does fall overnight. Snowman thinks do think we get lucky with some great fresh powder by Wednesday and Thursday.
In the extended for next weekend is when things could get real interesting with some weather models showing 10-20 inches of water coming into the Sierra. We think this is way over done but we will be watching to see how that sets up.
If that system does come thru you can expect massive delays with everything here in Mammoth Lakes and up at the ski area.
Right now no one is sure how it will pan out, the last thing you want to do is travel during that time frame if it does come to pass.
Snowman will be updating the site this week at least every 12 hours with what is currently happening and what we expect next.
DUMP ALERT!! – New this season Snowman will be emailing and texting a dump alert once it starts to snow, along with our dump alert we also have a once a month newsletter that comes out the first week of each new month. Here is the link to sign up…
Snowman’s Photo Snow Report 12-30-2016 – Flat Light Conditions
The Groomers are a nice packed powder with some fun wind blown snow floating on tops. These first two shots are from Stump Alley taken from chair 2, the stump alley express. Hangman’s and West bowl are filled in. Hangers is flat up top and down low with a bit of bumps in the throat. Snow conditions are a frimer snow with some nice wind buff when the wind gets going.
The Face of three had some nice wind buff at times on Friday. Great snow in here and it’s all filled in now so no more rocks. Try hitting 3 first thing in the am when they groomed out center bowl. Had to get a shot of the wall and Gravy Chute areas. The wall is a great place to get some powder if your at chair one on a powder day or storm riding day. Below the wall you have the glades and they are all filed in for some great powder skiing. Did not get to check out the park, but from the chair it’s look to be in prime shape. Work has begun to get the Half Pipe up and running by mid January. Lot’s of snow in the back country with all the fall storms that came thru. Winter has had a good start with 2-3 feet new since the winter solstice. Looking up from the top of Broadway, it’s so nice to see all the snow we have. What a great base and with more on the way this is setting up to be a great winter here on Mammoth Mountain. Scotties is getting groomed out just about every night. The snow in here first thing in the morning is bomber. Enjoy the cord and make sure you got a good edge. The Paranoids had some fine wind buff with sugar on top off and on this week. When the wind is not blowing it a find skier packed out snow you can fly down. The Drop Outs, Chair 23 and then the Wipe Outs. Look at that base, very impressive and it’s only going to get deeper over the next couple weeks.
Looking down at Main from Broadway and Rusty’s The Race Arena
The Avy Chute Side of Lincoln
Top of Solitude off of Chair 5
Climax in the flat light
So these are the first images with my new power shot. I hope to get some better lighting on Sunday but we will see if the next storm allows that.
This week I plan on getting the go pro 5 out for some powder skiing video action, so look forward to that. Snowman out…
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