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Mammoth Mountain delays opening from Thursday to Saturday with an assist from chillier weather

Mammoth Mountain delays opening from Thursday to Saturday with an assist from chillier weather
Don't get excited about the snow around the mammoth. That's from the 2012-13 season, which wasn't great for snow (166 inches). The resort has delayed its announced opening from Thursday until Saturday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The opening of Mammoth Mountain, which had been scheduled for Thursday, was delayed and is now expected to open the first run Saturday.

In announcing the postponement, Sierra ski resort’s website cited warm temperatures as the culprit, saying they “had slowed our progress.”

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“We are delaying Thursday’s opening day until we’re confident we have enough snow to get open and stay open,” it said, promising, “We’ll get this party started soon.”

True to its word, Broadway Express, a.k.a. Chair 1, was set to open the season at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The high on Saturday is expected to be 46, but Mother Nature is taking a chill pill, and the high for Sunday is expected to be 34, with a low of 23.

As of Thursday, the resort had not had any natural snow.

Total snowfall for the 2017-18 season was 274 inches, according to OntheSnow.com; 2016 was a big snow year, with 536 inches.

Meanwhile, over in Nevada, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe opened for passholders Oct. 19 and is expected to be open to Friday-Sunday. Its website was reporting a base depth of 8 to 12 inches.

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