Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | Sunny! | December 9th, 2011

down rail at ski snow board terrain park

Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | Sunny! | December 9th, 2011

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Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | Sunny! | December 9th, 2011

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“The Sun is shining, the weather is sweet…” And for Mammoth’s FREE FRIDAY that pretty much sums it up. With the spontaneous announcement of free-tickets to all that showed up to play on December 9th, 2011 much speculation ensued. Would there be a frenzy? Long lift-lines? Over-crowded runs? Congested parking lots? Rotten attitudes? FREE FRIDAY has come and past and we have the answers: no, no, no, no and no. The Mountain’s promotional event came out smelling like roses.

Many popped over from Tahoe (the consensus: Mammoth has more snow/terrain than Tahoe ski areas). Some used this as an excuse to try out Mammoth for the very first time. Those that had already pre-purchased tickets were given a voucher to use for any future date. And, what did this all amount to? For all I observed, people were smiling, happy and just all-around stoked to be out recreating in beautiful weather on the best ski/snowboard runs to be found in California… yeah, it was pretty sweet.

Lower Rollercoaster South Park at Mammoth Ski Area

Lower Rollercoaster; no South Park features... yet.

THE CONDITIONS

The PROS:

  • Rollercoaster Express/Chair 4 is back in action – Rollercoaster run is well covered top to bottom.
  • Lower Solitude/Easy Rider is excellent – long, varied pitches and the snow softens up surprisingly well as the day goes on.
  • By mid-day pockets of loosened granular “pow” present great opportunities for dipping into the white room (if you know the way).
  • Perfect, sunny weather.
  • Plenty of long cruisers for conditioning those legs for the long season ahead.
Lower Rollercoaster South Park

The early season hero of Mammoth, the snow gun.

The CONS:

  • Manmade snowpack is firm and fast – be on your toes, pay attention and ski/ride within your ability.
  • Thin coverage here and there.
  • Venturing “off-piste” is a no-go. Yet, there are always the few daring enough to test the waters.
Facelift Express chair lift in Eastern Sierra

Face of 3 still closed... think snow!

PARK REPORT:

  • The Super Pipe is simply awesome – yes, the shaded wall is firm but the perfectness of the sunny wall makes up for that and more.
  • Tons of variety between Main Park and Forest Trail – the Unbound Crew is mixing it up daily.
  • Same as last conditions report – firm conditions demand perfect execution.
ski snowboard terrain park

New features arriving daily... like this Monster rail jib.

The STATS:

  • New Snow: Nope, but maybe some just around the corner.
  • Base: 1′-2′
  • Conditions: Man-made, groomed daily.
  • Lifts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, and Panorama Gondi (top and bottom).
  • Runs: Sesame Street, East and West | St. Moritz | Broadway | Mambo | Silver Tip |Stump Alley | Powder Bowl | Ralphies | Saddle Bowl | Andy’s Double Gold | Cornice Bowl | Fascination | Wall | Easy Rider | Rollercoaster

Now the big push is on to get Canyon open… looking forward to it.

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