19th May 2023 | James Cove, Mammoth Mountain, California.
The PlanetSKI Spring road trip in California continues. We head to the resort that has seen 18m of snow and will be open until August. And our first impression? There’s rather a lot of snow here, and that is putting it mildly. NEW
The first stop on our trip was Palisades Tahoe, formerly known as Squaw Valley, where huge amounts of snow have fallen this winter.
There are the best Spring conditions in recent memory, as we reported:
Then it was a 4-hour drive to Mammoth through some stunning scenery.
The current snow melt is filing up the rivers to busting point.
This used to be snow:
Now we have arrived in Mammoth.
The evidence of the winter’s monster snowfall is everywhere.
This building collapsed under the weight of snow.
We were told there were no injuries.
And up on the slopes…
Most of this ski area map is buried – it used to be completely submerged.
This fixed snow cannon wasn’t much use, but then there wasn’t a call for it this winter.
Then there’s the snow still piled up outside the mid-mountain gondola station.
This may not look much on first glance.
But it is the second floor of the building.
Here’s the front.
Mammoth often offers skiing into summer but it has never been quite like this.
First up, who comes here for summer skiing?
People who like the fun parks – pros and amateurs alike.
Then there are athletes in training.
One local we chatted to on the gondola lives to the north of Los Angeles and is a season pass holder.
“You know it is actually really good to be skiing here now, with plenty of snow and fabulous sunshine.
“Last winter the road were closed so many times and I couldn’t get here.
“I have been skiing in the summer for many years and this one looks like it is going to be the best.”
It was hard to disagree.
We’ll bring you a further report on Mammoth Mountain once we have a had a good look around.
Full details on the slopes, the accommodation, where to eat and drink etc…
In short why it is one of our favourite resorts in the USA and why skiing here at this time of year is such a treat.
Do check back…..