Storm brings fresh powder to Mammoth Mountain, with some of the nation’s deepest snow
Mammoth Mountain has seen multiple feet of fresh snow in the past few days — with more coming down — thanks to a storm that is hitting the ski resort and mountain areas in Northern California.
“This has been an incredible start to the season here at Mammoth,” said Lauren Burke, the resort’s spokesperson. “It is a true winter wonderland up here.”
The resort got 2 to 3 feet of snow Tuesday, and after a break Wednesday was getting more fresh powder Thursday morning, Burke said. She said up to 5 feet could fall in the next few days.
Mammoth Mountain will open for skiing on Saturday, six days sooner than it had planned to begin its winter season.
“We are right in the middle of a mega storm cycle that came in earlier this week,” Burke said. “If you like to ski powder, it’s some of the best days you can have. ... The conditions are a blast out there right now.”
As snow continues to fall, some higher lifts are closed due to winds and low visibility, but Burke said 14 of the resort’s lifts are open Thursday.
Mammoth Mountain on Thursday had some of the nation’s deepest snow, according to the On The Snow website, which tracks conditions at ski areas around the country. The mountain had a base depth of 85 inches at the main lodge — behind only two other ski resorts nationwide.
“Our snowpack holds up really, really well at this elevation,” Burke said. That base often allows the park to remain open into the spring and summer. After an early start to this season, the resort could easily stay open through May, she said.
“There’s a lot more snow that’s going to hit us in 2023, so we’ll see what happens,” Burke said. “It’s going to be one of those seasons that we’re not going to forget.”
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