In the late summer, Mammoth Mountain set an aggressive opening date of November 13, hoping that early season snow would help them get a great start to the winter season. Their prayers were answered in the form of a category 5 atmospheric river slamming the Sierra this week. Now, the popular ski resort will open Friday, October 29 with 3 feet of fresh powder.
This early season opening will be one of the most comprehensive seen on the mountain in years. The new snow will allow them to open Broadway Express (1), Face Lift Express (3), Discovery Chair (11), and the Panorama Gondola to McCoy Station from 8:30 am – 4 pm on Friday, with access to at least 7 runs and a small terrain park setup in lower Main Park. Even though there is plenty of new snow, it’s important to note that early season conditions and obstacles still exist with little snowpack.
Mammoth is known for its long winter seasons, typically staying open from November all the way through late June/early July. There’s a reason why Mammoth records humongous snowfall totals every winter, especially compared to its Sierra Nevada brethren. Meteorologists compare the mountains surrounding Mammoth Mountain to a sponge, which absorbs the water on one end and dumps it onto the ski resort. Basically, because weather moves southeast into California, Mammoth always sees some of the white gold when the storm hits, even if it’s much stronger to the north.
Who’s ready for an epic ski season?! See all of the opening dates (pending new announcements) in Northern California here.