Mammoth Mountain, CA was buried by a flurry of storms this week that dumped 49-70 inches of snow. Powder skiers and riders are rejoicing, but the storm delivered a little bit more than just white fluffy snow.
Mammoth has shared a series of pictures and videos of rime ice that has covered some of their chairlifts. It looks more like a scene you would see in the Northeast rather than California.
Check out this incredible video posted by Mammoth last night. It shows a lift maintenance employee suspended from a chairlift haul rope breaking ice off a chairlift.
“Work continued today across the mountain to remove ice from lifts after this week’s extreme icing event. Reminder that the Village Gondola, Canyon Lodge and Schoolyard (17) will open Fri-Sun only with parking, tickets, rentals, and access to the mountain. Canyon and Eagle are scheduled to open for the season on 12/16, we will let you know if that changes. “
My palms literally got sweaty while watching that video. Then my reaction turned to pure fascination. What an absolute badass, right?
Does that dude go to the bar later that day and complain about how hard his job is with the other folks? Probably not. He probably loves his job.
Shout out to all of the lift maintenance workers across the globe. We couldn’t enjoy lift-serviced skiing and riding without your hard-work.
More pictures of ice buildup at Mammoth below: