Mammoth Mountain is ready to welcome skiers and snowboarders to its slopes – for the first time in a decade, and only for the 10th time in the resort’s history, it opened in October.
With the storm dumping up to 3 feet of new snow onto Mammoth Mountain this week, and after several small blizzards earlier this month that brought about 2 feet of snow, the popular resort is pushing its opening day two weeks to Friday. October. 29.
The planned opening day is November 13th.
“The early opening is the first time Mammoth Mountain, about five hours from Southern California, has opened in October since the 2009-2010 season,” said Lauren Burke, director of communications.
“We had a really great October with pretty cool temperatures. We were able to get our snow systems up and running earlier than usual, ”she said. “Our goal is always open as early as possible and stay open as long as possible.”
As the storm subsided this week, there was between 1 and 3 feet of new snow, which reportedly fell with one foot in Main Lodge and higher on the upper mountain.
Due to cold nights at night, resort officials are also planning to launch snow machines this week to add to the base.
It’s too early to tell if an early start to the snow season means local resorts, as La Nina predicts that this will often mean cold and dry weather.
“We are really skeptical about the prediction for the start of the season,” Burke said. “We saw how La Nina was great for several years, and several years shorter than usual.
“We take it monthly,” she said. “We had great seasons when we had snow at the start of the season.”
Those anxious to hit the slopes may have to hike up to Mammoth Mountain for the time being, as the last storm won’t bring much snow and this week’s heat will bring warm conditions to the local mountains.
“We’re getting ready to get things off the ground,” Big Bear Resort spokesman Justin Canton said. Projections suggest it could be cooler at night by next week, which could be ideal for snow, he said.
Typically 48 to 72 hours at 27 degrees at night with low humidity and moderate wind is best for spreading snow.
“We can’t make all the snow melt as soon as we do it,” he said. “We will not start doing this until we know that he will remain for us.”
Although no rain is expected in the coming weeks, the resort could only reopen with artificial snow. Local resorts usually open on Thanksgiving, give or take a week.
“If necessary, we can start working without natural snowfall and additional additives during the season,” said Canton.
There seems to be a lot of hype about the winter holiday season across Southern California.
Duke Edukas, co-owner of Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa, said the store was already buzzing with shoppers coming for gear as Mammoth Mountain approaches opening.
“As soon as there are good hints of snow in the mountains, everyone talks about it. Everyone is excited and ready to go out, ”he said. “An early opening of Mammoth is always a great start to the season.”
Edukas said he still remembers when Mount Mammoth opened 10 years ago in October, a season that interrupted a six-year drought and “turned out to be the best snowy year in history.”
His store is gearing up for its annual Surfside Sports Snow Carnival on November 6, when kiosks are set up in the parking lot with games and sweepstakes for shoppers.
“I think this will be one of our biggest events,” he said, noting that they were unable to host the event last year due to the state of the pandemic.
Last season saw huge demand for resorts from people looking for outdoor activities, Burke said.
The restrictions on COVID-19 will ease a bit this season as masks are not required outdoors, but are still required indoors. There are no restrictions on capacity or required reservations.
“We are very pleased that the ski season will, in fact, be back to normal. We think we’re going to have a busy first weekend, especially because of the storm, ”she said. “Every time it snows in the city and on the mountain in October, everyone looks forward to the season.”