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Christmas Snow

Christmas Snow

We were just about to head to the car yesterday when they suddenly opened Chair 23. A mad every-man-for-themselves dash later, Al and I flashed through an empty maze and (more)

Winter Up High, Summer Down Low

Winter Up High, Summer Down Low

This was by far the snowiest Memorial Day weekend I've ever skied at Mammoth Mountain. It looked and felt like winter up there, and for good reason: Mammoth set an all-time (more)

March Miracle for Mammoth

March Miracle for Mammoth

California has indeed gotten its Miracle March—parts of it, anyhow. Mammoth reports reports 17 feet of snow fell this month on the upper mountain (eleven at Main (more)

Mammoth in August

Mammoth in August

We're a little late with this update here, but I did want to mention that Mammoth Mountain closed August 6, making for a 2016/2017 season that offered skiing in ten consecutive (more)

Mammoth in July

Mammoth in July

Fourth of July weekend gave us an inspiring fireworks show off the top of Mammoth Mountain, with the sunset and the Minarettes and the Ritter Range offering an imcomparable (more)

Mammoth in June

Mammoth in June

There's no end in sight to this season of spring skiing delight at Mammoth Mountain. June conditions are clearly as good as they've been since 2011, offering groomed racer (more)

Mammoth In May

Mammoth In May

Mammoth in May is simply untouchable. There is no place on Earth I'd rather be. Give me the free-fall magic of Wipeout/Dropout in sun-kissed spring snow, lap after lap, till (more)

The Air Is Alive With Snow

The Air Is Alive With Snow

I ski for many reasons, but for a sunny Southern California resident days like this are a rare treat indeed. Mammoth's record-setting 2017 winter continued this past spring (more)

Mammoth Opens

Mammoth Opens

Conditions out there, I know, are stormy—very, very stormy. We'll talk about skiing for now. For now. Mammoth has officially opened for the 2016-2017 season, making (more)

Mammoth in May

Mammoth in May

Here was my thought: what if I could pretend I was skiing in August, instead of May? Today's conditions would be pretty spectacular, I reasoned, if we were skiing in August, (more)

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