On the bright side

Our last snowfall of note in Mammoth was on November 20, 2011. I’ve got accustomed to waking up to a bluebird day, the only real variable being how cold or warm it is. I’ve resigned myself to the lack of natural snow. I know where the rocks are likely to be on the ski runs […]

Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful colors at Mammoth Mountain last night!

A Dry December

What a difference a year makes! Last year I seemed to be spending more time digging out our car than skiing – December 2010 had a record-breaking 209” (17.4 ft, 5.3 metres) of snow. This year December is shaping up to be one of the driest Decembers ever with 2” total to date, with only […]

Grand Opening of High-Five Express!

Originally built in 1964, Chair 5 has serviced some of Mammoth’s most popular terrain as a two-seater, a three-seater and now a brand new high-speed Dopplemayr quad chairlift. This express lift will cut ride time in half as it whisks 2,400 people uphill per hour and services more terrain with new top and bottom locations. […]

H2B or not H2B

In the news at Mammoth over the last little while  has been the fact that Mammoth Mountain had their H2B visa application denied by the US government. The H2B visa was a stream of visa that allowed the Mountain to employ foreign workers to fill skilled jobs like ski instructing. It was a big loss […]

Free Friday!

If you haven’t yet heard the news, Mammoth  Mountain is letting everyone ski and ride FREE today! The idea came from Mammoth’s CEO, Rusty Gregory, who is so impressed with the conditions due to snowmaking he wants to prove to everyone that little natural snowfall no longer means what it used to.  So if you’re […]

Hard pack conditions at Mammoth – tips on how to ski ice

We haven’t received new snow in Mammoth for two weeks now and some people are getting twitchy. In that time the Mountain has been making snow and they opened Chair 10 so it is not all bad. The groomed runs are still great but it can be on the icy side. It is not quite […]

Mammoth the windy Mountain

Mammoth is known for its wind. Sometimes this produces awesome wind blown snow affectionately known by locals as “the buff”. The buff is basically fine snow with a buttery texture that gets naturally filled in by the wind making for amazing skiing, often with fresh tracks every run. However sometimes the wind will scour a […]

So how cold is it?

Coming from New Zealand where we use Celsius to measure temperature it has taken me a long time to get use to thinking in Fahrenheit, (let alone feet, pounds and quarts!) The Fahrenheit scale was invented back in 1796 and was superseded by the Celsius scale by most countries except the United States, Cayman Islands […]

New Snow at Mammoth for Thanksgiving

It has been a difficult few days for weather forecasters at Mammoth. First we had snow predicted with a storm that hit on Friday, all we got was 100 mile an hour winds, any snow that may have fell got blown into Nevada and beyond. That was meant to be it but a sneaky second […]