Mammoth Mountain opened its 60th anniversary season last weekend with lots of activity both on and off the slopes. Here are some highlights, courtesy of the resort. >>>
The ski and snowboard season at Mammoth Mountain is under way.
The resort has a base of 12 to 18 inches, and three lifts were operating, servicing six runs and 1,500 vertical feet of terrain including several park jumps and features. Conditions are expected to improve dramatically with nighttime lows dropping into the 20s – prime temps for snowmaking – and an approaching storm that may bring natural snow early next week.
Today was the opening act on a weekend that will include live musical performances, film premieres and a host of parties and competitions. More information about what’s going on this weekend is available here.
While we couldn’t make the trek up the 395 today, we’re enjoying the photos of skiers and boarders who did. >>>
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.
To get everyone pumped for powder, here’s a video from Mammoth Lakes that was posted a couple days ago. >>>
Mammoth Mountain received more than a foot of new snow earlier this week, and it apparently brought out the season’s first appearance by the Snowman. We came across this video posted by DiscoverMammoth.com, and something tells us that we’ll be seeing a lot of him this season. >>>
If it’s cold and raining down here, it must snowing up there. And it is.
In the Lake Tahoe area, Alpine Meadows received 10 inches of snow at the base and 14 inches on the upper mountain last night, while the Squaw Valley totals were 5 and 10 inches, respectively.
Heavenly was reporting 6-8 inches of natural snow overnight on the mountain, and also was taking advantage of a drop in temperatures to make even more snow – all in preparation for the resort’s planned Nov. 22 opening.
“There is something about this time of year leading up to the winter season,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s vice president and chief operating officer. “It holds so much promise, and you can feel the anticipation building. Starting up the snow guns signifies the end of one season and the beginning of another.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was forecasting that Lake Tahoe could receive an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow by Tuesday morning.
At Mammoth Mountain, there was 10 inches of new snow during the past 24 hours at the Main Lodge and 12 inches at the 11,053-foot summit. Opening day is Nov. 7.
In Southern California, Bear Mountain and Mountain High were both reporting falling temperatures – and snow – by mid-afternoon on Monday, but offered no additional details via the resorts’ Twitter feeds.
– Jerry Rice
It’s three weeks before the start of the new ski and snowboard season at Mammoth Mountain. According to the resort, here’s the plan for opening weekend:
Thursday, Nov. 7
7:30-8:30 a.m. – Coffee and cocoa served at the base of Broadway Express
8:30 a.m. – First chair of the 2013/14 winter season at Broadway Express
11 a.m. – Annual Champagne toast on the Main Lodge Sundeck
11:15 a.m. – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
7 p.m. – Mixer at Underground Lounge in The Village
Friday, Nov. 9
1:30-4:30 p.m. – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
10 p.m. – Underground Lounge featuring LA Riots with special guest
Saturday, Nov. 10
1:30-4:30 p.m. – Live music on the Main Lodge Sundeck
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – DJ Kane in Main Park
Noon – ThirtyTwo Insta-Jam featuring the Training Facility in Main Park
7 p.m. – Oakley “Naturally“ and Level 1 “Partly Cloudy“ movie premieres in The Village
10 p.m. – Underground Lounge featuring Shiny Toy Guns and Z Trip
And a look at the action from last year’s opening weekend:
While a photo of a mountain biker and another of a lush, green golf course may dominate the home page at mammothmountain.com, the folks at the Eastern Sierra resort are continuing the countdown to the launch of the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season.
“50 DAYS” proclaimed a post this morning on Mammoth Mountain’s Facebook, referring to the planned Nov. 7 opening date. It already had 862 likes and 183 shares by 9 a.m., about an hour after its debut on the social media site.
With weather.com predicting nighttime lows in Mammoth in the mid- to upper-20s this week, by early November the conditions should be ripe for a spectacular opening with man-made and perhaps even some natural snow. Here’s hoping.
– Jerry Rice
By Marlene Greer
This week in Mammoth Mountain was the first time I’ve actually had to pole downhill. Yes, that’s right – use my ski poles to propel myself down the mountain.
On Tuesday, bone-chilling winds at the summit hit 75 mph, according to mountain staff, and mid-mountain was not much better with strong 30-40 mph winds. The temperature at the top was a chilly 20 degrees.
The gondola to the summit was closed for three days and opened again on Thursday, though Chair 23, the other lift to the top, remained open despite the high winds. Whether that was a wise choice is debatable.
Those who ventured to the summit Tuesday and Wednesday described winds nearly blowing them over and being pelted unmercifully with ice. Skiing off the summit, they told me, was a scary experience.
Caitlin, a 20-something skier from Utah, was skiing Mammoth on Tuesday with her four friends and got caught off guard at the summit by a powerful gust of wind.
“It was so bad we all huddled together for about five minutes,” she explained. “We didn’t know what to do, which way to go. I felt like I was going to get blown off the mountain.”
Inga, spending spring break at Mammoth with her boyfriend and friends, called her one and only ride to the summit and ski down “an unfortunate adventure.”
“The wind was blowing ice so hard that the ice hitting my helmet sounded like hail,” her boyfriend added. The San Diego couple did not plan on making a second attempt to the summit that day.
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