California ski resorts prepare for more snow Saturday and Sunday

Mammoth Mountain had received as much as 11 feet of new snow when it reopened Wednesday. The resort is expecting more this weekend.
(Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain)

California ski resorts are bracing for a second round of snow this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a storm warning lasting until 10 p.m. Sunday for Mono County, home to Mammoth Mountain and June Lake snow resorts.

Mammoth was expecting more fresh powder on the way after the biggest storm of the season dropped 11 feet at the summit.

Snow is likely after 4 p.m. Friday in the Sierra resort. Accumulation is expected to be less than an inch on Friday, but the forecast is calling for about 2 more feet during the weekend. The resort already has had nearly 22 feet of snow at its Main Lodge and nearly 40 feet at the summit.


Nearby, June Mountain opened two of its chairs Friday after receiving more than 130 inches of snow. Temperatures remained in the low 20s and snow is again in the forecast starting late Friday and throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile in Southern California, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit report 100% of terrain open at both properties. This week brought the resort’s largest snowfall of the season and more is expected Friday and Saturday.

Mountain High in Wrightwood has opened its east resort for the first time in two years. That section boasts what its website calls “a true alpine experience without having to travel far from home.” As of Friday, all of Mountain High’s lifts and runs are open. There’s a chance of snow starting Friday and lasting through the weekend, with temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to mid-30s.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs expects to open its above-the-tree-line Slide Peak part of the mountain on Saturday, but the forecast calls for snow showers and fog so that could jeopardize its opening. Because of the peak’s terrain, employees need clear weather to operate it.

Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, previously called Badger Pass, was closed because of the impact from the recent snow and the upcoming storm, but the ski area anticipates reopening Sunday (conditions permitting), its Facebook page said.

In the Lake Tahoe area, Kirkwood Mountain Resort was using “#Febuburied” on its Twitter feed, noting it received more than 7 feet of snow in 7 days with more on the way.