With a high of 45° for four days straight, Mammoth Mountain had a solid President’s Day weekend with blue skies and excellent conditions. It was like spring skiing in February, but don’t get too comfortable just yet. The temperature is currently dropping over the next few days with the expected snowfall.
The entire mountain was open for business with 150 named trails and around 15% expert, 20% advanced, 40% intermediate, and 25% beginner, which is perfect for all skill ranges.
Personally, I loved the runs off Cloud Nine Express (Chair 9) where I cut over to the left and found challenging moguls and tree skiing that even had some hidden treasure in the form of fresh powder. At the same time, the average skiers and boarders in our group enjoyed the well-groomed, open trails to the right of the chair.
The Panorama Gondola brought us to the ultimate test of our skills at the highest point on the mountain where the signs read, “Obstacles Below!” “Experts Only,” and “Hard Fast Snow” as you stride off the gondola. Hiking across the ledge and peering down the steep slope of Dave’s Run was a little nerve-racking, but with a little adrenaline rush, we conquered our fears and swished back and forth down the mountain.
We also ventured to the opposite side of the mountain where the little double chairs carried us to some quality trails. The trails on this side proved to be hard and fast, so we enjoyed the chance to test our speed against each other in a little friendly competition down the mountain.
With a total of 255” of snow at the main lodge this season, this is shaping up to be an excellent season for the resort. There’s no better time to pack some bags and hit the slopes for a weekend getaway in Mammoth. For more information on conditions, tickets, and more visit www.mammothmountain.com.