Mammoth Mountain resort extends ski season into June

A series of late snowstorms extended the skiing and snowboarding season on Mammoth Mountain, pushing the closure date to June, but weather forecasts suggest the area will get a warm start over the next few weeks.

At least 3 meters of snow fell on the Eastern Sierra resort in April and May. There is currently no official closing date for the resort, with conditions still ideal for snow to stick to the ground.

“Let’s keep this party going! We are having too much fun in the snow and decided to extend the season to June,” Mammoth Mountain said Monday on Facebook. “We will be open daily for skiing and horseback riding until at least June 5.”

In October, Mammoth Mountain started its season a few weeks early thanks to an unusually strong storm system that dumped a layer of snow on the resort.

The mid-May conditions there were approved by the USA Ski and Snowboard Team, which is in the mountains for its spring training camp. For many years, Mammoth has been known for developing world-class athletes who have competed in the Winter Olympics.

Anyone looking to enjoy the snow should act quickly, as temperatures are forecast to rise over the next few weeks, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

The snow on the ground is partly due to the strong but unbalanced winter rainfall that passes through the area. In October, the rainy season begins strongly as heavy rainfall falls in the West, and rain and snow continue to last until the end of the year. After that, everything was completely dry for the next three months.

“It’s a story of two winters,” said meteorologist Scott McGuire of the weather service’s Reno office. “Three months of drought and a very active start and an active spring.”

Rain and snowfall at higher elevations continue to increase in April and May, which is why Mammoth Mountain can enjoy an extended skiing and snowboarding season. A pair of refrigeration systems that passed through the area in May helped lower temperatures and keep snow on the ground, McGuire said.

Temperatures should recover next week, hitting 80 for the western Nevada valleys and 60 to 70 for Sierra communities, with no rain in the forecast, according to the weather agency.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-05-17/mammoth-mountain-resort-extends-ski-season-into-june Mammoth Mountain resort extends ski season into June

Edmund DeMarche

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