Storm Pounds Mammoth with Eight Feet in 36 Hours


January 3, 2006

Mammoth Mountain, CA (Press Release)-—Mother Nature started the New Year off with a bang at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. A total of 8 feet of snow fell on Mammoth in a 36 hour period. The powerful storm brought light, dry snow in enormous quantities to the California resort.

The storm came to an end late Monday evening. At it’s heaviest, snow was falling at a rate of 4-6 inches per hour. Mountain operators worked around the clock to clear roads, dig out chair lifts and pack down the snow.

“The biggest challenge with this storm is the fact that the snow is light and very deep,” said Clifford Mann, Director of Mountain Operations at Mammoth Mountain. “We use snowmobiles and snowcats for mountain access but it has been difficult to drive machines on this light snow.” Mammoth’s grooming fleet of 15 snowcats, along with Ski Patrol worked together to get the slopes prepared for skiers and snowboarders on Tuesday. 16 lifts are expected to operate.

It looks like all that fresh snow will stay light and dry with temperatures in the low 20’s on Tuesday morning under blue skies. The New Years Storm, along with other recent storms have set Mammoth up for incredible conditions and another long season. Mammoth currently has a 10-12 foot base – the deepest base in the United States.

January is a great time to enjoy the fresh snow at Mammoth. January Midweek Madness starts on January 10 and that means great deals on lift tickets and lodging. Visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH for more information.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also operates Juniper Springs Properties, the Village at Mammoth, and Sierra Star Golf Club in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.