There is a Winter Storm Warning in place until 5PM today. Sunday looks to be bluebird.
So far we have 30 inches of new snow at Canyon, 36-40 inches at Main Lodge and over 4 feet of new snow over the powder fields of Mammoth.
As of 6 AM temperatures are 21.5 at Main Lodge with a 16 up top. Winds up top are sustained at 77 MPH and are gusting to 126 MPH. Winds at the top of Lincoln are gusting up to 60 MPH this morning.
Looking at lift operations for today the top, chair 9 along with 13 and 14 will be closed. Lifts on hold as of 6 am are chairs 1,2,6 and 22. Expect that list to grow before the opening bell at 8:30 AM.
Roads at this time are white and slick, chains or snow tires are required in town. If your heading up to the Main Lodge chains are required on all vehicles without 4 x 4 and snow tires. On 395 chains are required 12 miles south of town at this time.
I would advise starting your day at Eagle or Canyon Lodges. Of course Eagle will be the easiest to get to today.
Todays weather will offer of moderate snow during the morning hours and then snow showers this afternoon. We could see 3-7+ inches of more snow fall over Mammoth Mountain before this storm moves out of the area.
Highs today will be the mid 20’s with a low of 9 tonight. Winds will continue to be strong this morning and then back down to 45-55 MPH with gusts to 70 MPH over the higher elevations later today.
On Sunday we expect highs in the 30s with clear blue skies. Expect the entire hill to run on Sunday after they complete Avy control and dig out buried chairs lifts. This this season chair lifts are at max hight so it takes longer to get the entire hill open.
The Forecast for Monday is more clear skies and then some snow showers on Tuesday with moderate winds. By Wednesday night a new storm moves in the area with possibly and additional 2-3 feet over the higher elevations by Friday.
The base at Main is at the 190 inch mark, with over 350 inches over at the top of the mountain.
Looking at the Winter of 2017 we have not broken the snowfall records, but we have broken the all-time record for most precipitation in the area.
Over 92 inches of water is on Mammoth Pass at this time and that has broken the record from 1969. They started keeping records up at the pass back in 1940.
Mammoth Mountain has a deep moisture filled snow pack that will last right thru the summer.
The ski area is making plans at this time to run the mountain bike park out of Canyon Lodge, with skiing and snowboarding well into the summer out of Main Lodge via Gondolas 1 and 2.
This will be the rare year they you should be able to ski back to Main well into July.
Canyon and Eagle Lodges will stay open thru April 23rd and then lift operations will be out of Main Lodge. You will still be able to ski or ride down to Canyon, just have a car or taxi ready to get you out.
Ski ya later…. Snowman out.
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