Mammoth Mountain Becomes to First Ski Resort on the Planet to Surpass 600 Inches of Snow

Photo: Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain is in a world of its own right now when it comes to snowfall. The season started with some earl snowstorms in October and hasn’t let up, crescendoing into this blizzard for the ages currently dumping on the region. With this storm bringing 4 feet of new snow over the past two days, the mountain has surpassed 650 inches of snowfall at the summit and is creeping towards the 700 inch mark.

The Eastern Sierra is currently experiencing a legendary snowstorm that has closed all the roads around Mammoth Lakes. The locals are surrounded by giant walls of snow and there’s no end in sight, with the first two weeks of March forecast to be snow, snow and more snow

When it comes to snowfall, Mammoth is usually one of the snowiest places in the United States, especially compared to the Tahoe region to the north. So why does Mammoth get so much snow?

One weather forecaster likened the mountains surrounding Mammoth Mountain to that of a sponge, which absorbs the water on one end and dumps it onto the ski resort. Basically, because weather moves southeast into California, Mammoth always sees some of the white gold when the storm hits, even if it’s much stronger to the north.

Here’s a cool video showing the science behind Mammoth’s snowfall:

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3 Comments

  1. The mountain is 11,053 feet tall, and the town is at what, 7800 feet? That is quite a bit higher in elevation than any of the mountains around Tahoe. That’s why Mammoth gets so much snow. Its an absolute beast of a mountain.

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