At Mammoth Mountain, counting the hours to opening day

Who’s got first chair? In less than 24 hours, Mammoth Mountain will open for the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season.

There’s a solid base depth of 12-18 inches of natural and manmade snow and chairs 1, 6, and 11 are expected to run, according to a resort spokeswoman. The Unbound Terrain Parks crew is building a jump, a handful of jibs, and a small playground area in Main Park.

The weekend will be packed with live music by LA Riots and Shiny Toy Guns, movie premieres, parties and more.

Opening day festivities include the traditional Broadway Express banner breakthrough, a speech by Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory, and the annual toast on the Main Lodge sundeck with a specialty 60th anniversary beer provided by the Mammoth Brewing Company.

The first 100 guests lined up at Chair 1 on Thursday morning will receive a free lift ticket. Skiers and boarders arriving later can take advantage of $60 lift tickets Thursday through Monday.

Information: www.mammothmountain.com

To get everyone pumped for powder, here’s a video from Mammoth Lakes that was posted a couple days ago. >>>