Skier enjoys return to Mammoth Mountain

Snow boarder carves up deep powder at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. (Mammoth Mountain photo)

By Richard Irwin

Every spring, we used to ski at Mammoth Mountain. It became a tradition to hit the slopes near Bishop at the end of the ski season

We could drive to Mammoth Lakes, the price of lift tickets was reasonable and the ski resort offered a wide variety of terrain.

One year, summer arrived early, melting the snowpack and ruining the ski runs. Unfortunately, it also ruined my skis, so I began to look elsewhere for ski week.

Over the next decade, we tried Vail, Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole, Crested Butte, Alta, Snowbird. All offered unique mountain experiences as well as world class lodging and dining.

We even traveled to other countries, skiing Lake Louise and Sunshine in Calgary, Whistler outside Vancouver and Mt. Tremblant in Quebec.

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Mega storm dumps tons of snow at Mammoth and Heavenly

Ho, ho, ho! Looks like the big mega-storm did the trick this weekend. Mammoth Mountain got from 4 to 6 feet of fresh powder, including almost 3 feet in the past 72 hours and a foot of the white stuff in the last day.

The massive mountain will open ALL lodges and ALL terrain this Friday, Dec. 7. Call it an early Hanukkah or Christmas present.

Heavenly reports a foot of new snow in the last 24 hours, adding 2 feet to 3.5 feet over the past few days. Today should be excellent with some nice corduroy and fresh snow.  They are opening Comet Trail and Comet Express today, offering 60 acres of open terrain.