Just got back from 3 full days at Mammoth - very sick snow!
Mammoth reports 63"-100" inches since Friday afternoon.
Sunday and Monday were both very deep days.
won;t go into storm details, but will say upper mtn was closed the entire 3 days due to high wind and avalanche danger.
but they did open Lincoln mtn. and also had Chair 5 open for some periods.
Saturday & Sunday were full-on constant heavy snow, sometimes extremely poor visibility, sometimes just a bit better.
tree skiin was the order of the days, for visibility's sake.
snow was not Colorado 'Light' (not even close to Utah), but certainly the best I've ever experienced in the Sierras; and was certainly not even close to 'cement' thumbs up on conditions
and the Face of Lincoln is as good as anywhere for trees and a few steep chutes. Avy Chutes were awesome sick!
Skied the 185 cm Rossi SickBirds all 3 days, thru lots of tree stashes, the avy chutes and down steeper cut trails.
They were awesome!
smooth and consistent thru all conditions. enough float to allow me to be 'in' above knee to hip deep stuff and mostly on and near surface of any stuff not quite over the knees.
at 128 / 98 / 121, the profile is just perfect for my tastes.
EDIT: These are from the Rossi BC/Touring collection, so full camber, about 1.5 inch camber for the 185s, and are made for uphill duty as well as down..
I know for many this isn't powder dimensions... but is perfect to my tastes.
being 'in the snow' to some extend has the advantage of helping to regulate speed on the steeper pitches.
skis were smooth, even flex and had no issues in arcing higher speed turns on uncut sections, or delivering tight lines in crowded tree sections.
after 2 hrs on 1st day I moved my "Center of Boot" from my 'std' 2cm behind randonnee mark' location to -3cm and found the sweet spot to be perfect for these conditions (use Tyrolia/Head Railflex 2 system)
Top of Lincoln had some sections of windbuff as well as pow deposits, and the birds handled the transitions without falter.
The SickBirds were also awesome in the cut and bumped pitches, with excellent quickness thru the big, soft mogul lines which developed. The bumps were quite tight since most skiers were going slow and cutting deep troughs.
they were stable and carved at GS turns on the flattish groomers, which eventually were groomed and skied down to a 'normal' groomers surface by Monday lunch.
no worries, the Sick Birds ruled whatever the mtn threw at them.
anyone plans on going out there in the coming days - USE POWDER LEASHES!
I saw numerous instances of skiers digging for long periods tryin to find their skis..
I also saw a lot of skiers struggling on obviously narrow and SHORT skis.
Edited by moreoutdoor - 3/22/11 at 4:23pm