At last spring has arrived in Mammoth! It has been a long winter and a record one too. With over 600 inches falling during the season there is still a ton of snow on the hill. In town grass is appearing, the birds are chirping and the bears are scavenging.
Conditions are great and we are getting some nice sunny days to enjoy it at last. Today I got some fantastic top to bottom runs in on fun groomed trails. I also skied Huevos late morning which had softened up so the skiing off piste is good too (once the sun has been on it). My pick would be to try out Cornice early before it gets scrapped off then ski some of the lower runs as they soften up. Keep an eye out for people skiing off trail and if it looks good give it a go; there’s no need to be the first person down something dodgy and take a slide. If no one is going near a run there is usually a good reason for that.
Canyon and Eagle Lodges closed last weekend so unfortunately the whole mountain is not open. Lifts at Main Lodge will be open everyday, these include 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 and the Gondola. Chairs 4, 5, 10 and 23 may be open this weekend; dependent on projected numbers of skiers I guess.
Ski School is operating as well and there is no better time to take a private lesson. Mammoth is offering private lessons at a discounted rate of $95/hour, a pretty good deal when they charge $150+ an hour during the season. As usual you can have up to five people in a lesson at no extra cost. I’ve moved my gear up to Main Lodge and I am enjoying a change of scene, just drop me an e-mail if you are thinking of taking a lesson and would like to know more.