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'Mammoth is just gawd-awful.’ Or not. For some, 40 feet of snow is a winter blast

'Mammoth is just gawd-awful.’ Or not. For some, 40 feet of snow is a winter blast

The winter that just won’t quit has graced the Eastern Sierra with more than 40 feet of snow, as some Mammoth Lakes workers shovel in as much as $100 an hour in the endless quest to keep shops open and houses accessible in the popular recreational retreat.

Depending on whom you ask, Mammoth’s string of monster snows is either a blessing or a punishment.

“Mammoth is just gawd-awful,” says resident Cynthia Hayes. “It just never stops snowing.”

“It was great,” said visitor Paul Geller, who skied at Mammoth Mountain with his family over the Presidents Day weekend. “All in all, it was a blast.”

But the...

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