MAMMOTH CONDITIONS VIDEO | How’s the weather at the beach these days? Word has it the “May-Gray” has come early this year. Well, up at Mammoth we really don’t have a Marine Layer to contend with. Temps are high, skies are BLUE, the snow’s slushy (in a good way), layers are scant (on bodies and the lower mountain) and all present for Mammoth’s Springfest 2012 were summarily entertained.
Here’s my post-weekend offering for a Conditions Report – some VIDEO and a handful of pics. Otherwise, what’s the skinny on conditions these days? I won’t beat around the bush… Warm temps may make for some comfortable, soft riding conditions but there’s no doubt that our snowpack is melting with a quickness.
I love spring time riding at Mammoth and current conditions have not disappointed. Yet given present temp/weather trends it would appear that this year our spring season may be cut short. My advice: get it while you can, you’ll be glad you did.
Just another day at the beach.
Canyon Lodge Pond Skim - a good time, every time.
West Bowl zipper line is ready to put you in your place!
Even with a substantial portion of the Mountain now without lift service, there’s a lot of great riding out there.
Shed them layers and double down on the sun protection.
All groomed runs have outstanding corn snow.
A full-on party atmosphere was in effect this weekend. Very quiet out there now.
As always, the Pond Skim was a hit.
Great bump lines are taking shape.
Volcom PBRJ Championships Snowboard Rail Jam was on Saturday – always good for endless oooohhhhs and aaaahhhhs.
Mammoth, weathering the warmth.
That‘s a wrap for Canyon and Juniper base areas. Juniper limped it’s way to this closing date.
By mid-day there’s a fair number of sticky spots lurking out there. Regularly waxing your boards is a near must this time of the season.
Many lifts are now closed for the season. Trust me, you’ll make-out just fine without them.
Sticky spots aren’t the only thing to look out for – Thin and bare spots are sprouting up daily. Continue to relearn coverage on runs ‘cause you do not want to be caught off-guard by a one of these.
All-in-all the off-piste riding is sticky and heavy. The more people ride through a line the better the snow gets.
A sign of the times... Thin spot growing at the top of Chair 2
BIG bare spot by the top of Chair 4.
Does this tell the story of Juniper Springs for Sunday? I'd say so.
This is a great time of year to lap Main and Forest Trail Parks.
Great time to improve you pipe riding skills.
Pretty much the earlier you get out the less beat-up take-offs and landings will be. Hey, that’s par for spring park riding.
Chair 4 and South Park are done for the season – it was in great shape right up ‘til the end.
So long South Park, it was fun while it lasted, even if you never had a half pipe
One last look at South Park for 2011/2012 season.
Like to watch top snowboard talent try to out-duel each other on boxes and rails? You'll love the Volcom PBRJ Championships at Mammoth
New Snow: Yup, looks as though we’ll see some later this week.
Base: approx. 6’ and shrinking
Weather: Temps are high and clouds are building up bigger and bigger each afternoon (even more incentive to get out early). Precip. is forecasted for each day this week. We’ll probably see light afternoon rain the next couple days then hopefully it’ll be cool enough by Wed/Thurs to produce snow.
Conditions: Deep spring corn, slush, afternoon glop.
Lifts: Mid-week we’re now down to 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, G1, G2.
Runs: Upper mountain’s still in good shape. Canyon and Juniper are toast (not that you’d be headed there anyhow).
Bottom line: The spring riding is killer right now, even if only a fraction of Mammoth’s lifts are currently in operation. With warm temps you best get to it while you still can.
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Sunday April 15, 2012. Mt. Baker is now in weekend operations for the month of April. Today was the last day of the Pinky Park being open, and it was sunny for most of the day allowing some young rippers to work on their park skillz. Check out the one footed board grab in the middle of the vid.
Without any real new snowfall the skiing was less than impressive just adding one more day to the year and getting some “face shots” of sun and that precious commodity we cherish so much in the PNW, vitamin D.
MAMMOTH CONDITIONS VIDEO | Was today the best pow day of the season? As DEEP and light as the snow was one could certainly make a very strong case.
On storm days like today the upper mountain is not an option. As a result, we find ways to make due with the short, low-angle pitches on the lower mountain. If the new snow is at all heavy this can be a “sluggish” affair. Well, that was not the case today. Low angle or not, thanks to the extra-fluffy premium white, chilly face shots were a-plenty. To say the least, today was a treat.
Surprising too is how this storm came through. Snow was flying all day yesterday, yet hardly anything was accumulating in town. So when did the white finally start to stack up? Really not until about 6am this morning – and boy did it stack up fast! Honestly, today alone anywhere from 1-2’ feet of fresh fell on the hill.
So, I don’t really have photos to share from today… Yet I do believe the above GoPro clips will give you a good sense of what conditions were like. Couldn’t make it up to partake in the latest Mammoth powder feast? I’d be lying if I told you that you weren’t missing out.
Little Cottonwood Canyon has been going off the last 2 days! The atmosphere is always rich with excitement and powder fever when the weatherman is wrong in a good way. Skiers and boarders alike woke up to 13 inches of fresh instead of the 2-4 they were expecting Thursday morning. That day I skied with the one and only Kenjiro Matsuo and Altabird’s Matthew Wolfe. It continued to snow all day and by closing we had picked up about 5 more inches. Friday took me to Alta with an unexpected several more inches. The lift lines were non existent and I spent the day skiing with Panda Poles own TanSnowMan and Andrew B.
Conditions tomorrow should be excellent with another few inches on the way. With 23 inches so far with this storm, we are no longer eligible for the “Worst Winter on Record” award.