Current Mammoth Mountain Conditions: WOW! I hate to say it, but… Today was practically perfect. Sunny, cool and just the right amount of win VIDEO: GLORIOUS DAY, Hero-ific Windbuff | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 12th, 2012 | Unofficial Networks

VIDEO: GLORIOUS DAY, Hero-ific Windbuff | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 12th, 2012

Ski and snowboard the windbuff of Mammoth Mountain, CA

VIDEO: GLORIOUS DAY, Hero-ific Windbuff | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 12th, 2012

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VIDEO: GLORIOUS DAY, Hero-ific Windbuff | Unofficial Mammoth Conditions Report | March 12th, 2012

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Current Mammoth Mountain Conditions: WOW! I hate to say it, but… Today was practically perfect. Sunny, cool and just the right amount of wind – enough to buff up many runs, not so much that it’s a nuisance.

Were you here this week-end? You should’ve called in sick, today would’ve been worth it – life is too short to miss out on days like this. Granted, I can see how you would’ve been fooled, given the healthy dose of wind we had yesterday. Yesterday pretty much every lift ride was an “all-hands-on-deck/bar” kind of day (with most lifts shutting down early). On top of that a heavy cloud bank hung over the mountain for most of the day.

The clouds eventually rolled in today as well, but not until approx. 2 PM. And, with all lifts spinning, it was apparent that today’s gusts had nothing on the blows delivered yesterday.

And now? Well, if you’ve had a look into any of the recent weather forecast models for California you know that we may not be seeing the sun again for a few. I hope you enjoyed it while it was here; I know did.

Chair 23 ski snowboard runs Cornice Bowl and Dropout Chutes

What we have here is a little slice of Heaven. Today, Dropouts, Windbuff.

THE CONDITIONS

The PROS:

  • Sun, blue skies and cool temps = great snow up high, good times all-around.
  • If you like windbuff (and you know I do), you’re in luck. This has actually been a great season for the hero-ific snow (I may have just invented that term).
  • Honestly, I’m not sure what conditions were like on the lower mountain; I really didn’t have time to check it out, and there was no reason to not be up top.
  • The Dropout Chutes, top-to-bottom were about as good as they’ve been all season.
  • Nearly all groomers that I sampled were prime. This we can attribute to our great grooming fleet and cool temps.
  • Sections of Climax were $$$ too.
  • It’s Mid-week, which means you don’t have to swivel your head so much.
Skiing and snowboarding the windbuff off of Chair 23

Once again, this was the place to be today.

The CONS:

  • Not many Cons but I’ll indulge you…
  • Today was a lot better than yesterday. My apologies to those that had to split.
  • If you’re not very adept at seeking out the windbuff you’ll likely find some funky “moon-turf.” On days like today it’s not that hard to find windbuff, just look for the other skiers/snowboarders getting barreled.
  • Often Dave’s is one of the best runs for wind-buff; not so much today. Depending on the direction of the wind some spots are always better than others.
  • Yes, ridge-tops are still scoured. The last storm we had around Tuesday/Wednesday of last week really did a number on things. Yet, as you can see from the above POV video, for many zones this only means missing a few dozen feet of vertical.
Unbound South Park terrain skiing and snowboarding

Matt Guntert owning it. South Park, get it while you still can.

PARK REPORT:

  • The parks have been great. Nearly all parks have had a make-over in the past week, Forest Trail seeing extra attention most recently.
  • Yesterday’s wind was enough to keep you grounded for nearly any size jump. Today’s wind was really only an issue for the 60-footers in Main.
  • Don’t miss out on the latest South Park Video Update, shot Saturday morning.
Mammoth Lakes region snow torm

Looks like snow... How much will it be?

The STATS:

  • New Snow: Nothing new since last Wednesday. We’re pretty much guaranteed to see snow this week… How much will it be when all’s said and done?
  • Base: approx. 4’.
  • Weather: Temps and wind have been all over the place lately. Heading into the week it looks as though we’ll be seeing a good bit of wind, hopefully followed by a good bit of snow.
  • Conditions: Packed powder, machine groomed, and windbuff!!
  • Lifts: All lifts except for Chair 20.
  • Runs: Once again, the entire mountain is open, with the exception of some of our ol’ lonely Double-Black Diamond friends, i.e. Hangman’s Hollow, Top of the World, Huevos Grande and MJB’s.

Bottom line: Sometimes the best days are the ones when you least expect it – like today.

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