Mammoth Mountain is experiencing a white winter for the ages, with snowfall numbers beginning to build to near historic numbers. In fact, with more than 12 feet of snowfall so far in January, the legendary ski resort has already surpassed its entire snowfall of last season.
The snowfall at Mammoth began in late October and has not stopped since. The last storm dropped several feet of snow over the weekend, bringing the total season snowfall totals to 328 inches, with a 164-inch base at the Main Lodge and a 230-inch base at the summit. With the 2021-22 season seeing just 233 inches of total snow, Mammoth has already far surpassed last season’s total snowfall by a large margin.
While Mammoth is used to getting large snow dumps, the intensity and frequency of this season’s storms are unique.
“This amount of snow isn’t atypical at Mammoth,” said resort communications director Lauren Burke to Outside Magazine. “But it doesn’t matter how many times you see snow this deep, it still leaves you a bit in awe. We’ll likely have close to 30 feet of snow at Main Lodge by the end of the week—with much more up top. It sets up for an incredible season that will likely extend well into the months that start with ‘J’.”
The heavy snowfall has made conditions at the resort positively wild, to the extent that the ski resort couldn’t open on Tuesday, but was able to open in a limited capacity on Wednesday. With a brief break in the weather, Thursday should prove to be a powder day for the ages.
With clear skies forecast for the rest of the week, skiers and snowboarders can look forward to skiing on the big snow at Mammoth. However, they should be aware that it may take mountain operations a couple of days to dig out the lifts before they can access the slopes.