Unless you have been under a rock I am sure you have heard that Mammoth Mountain just got pounded by an atmospheric river. It was heavy wet snow that eventually turned to the fluffier variety and there was a ton of it. As of right now we have over 200" of snow for the season and 75" in the last 3 days. The even better news is that it does not look like it is going to stop. We have several more feet of snow in the forecast over the next week and even more in the extended forecast. I am going to call it now: We will be riding until the 4th of July this year.
The only unfortunate part of this storm is that it came during the peak Holiday season. The town of Mammoth Lakes is absolutely slammed with tourists right now, and without all the lifts open, you get long lift lines. The good news is that they popped the top today and the whole mountain is open after several days of weather closures. The conditions are amazing across the mountain right now and for those who were lucky enough to get fresh tracks today, they probably had the run of their lives. The snow is deep, but there is a lot of sierra cement in the mix, so you can float on top of it relatively easy. With the whole mountain open and the biggest crowds of the season behind us, we should be in for an amazing January 2023 at Mammoth Mountain.
If you are planning a trip to Mammoth sometime soon, chances are you'll be riding powder. There is snow in the forecast for the next 2 weeks straight. This is a time to get out and ride the whole mountain and get after the ample amounts of white stuff. As for the park update part of this snow report, they typically have to be rebuilt when we get this much snow. Don't expect a ton of park features over the next few weeks. The unbound park crew at Mammoth Mountain is pretty good, so there will always be some rad features to hit between storm days, but really, just go ride some POW!
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