Experienced my first Mammoth earthquake today -- a 3.8 at 7:43 am; epicenter was 8 miles SE of here .
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Mammoth Mountain for 2015-2016 - Page 13post #361 of 6562/15/16 at 10:53am
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Wow, I didn't feel it at all. Left this am around 9 so I was busy packing up at that time. BTW, chemist, how early are you taking off in April? I'll be there 2nd to 9th and would love video, especially in the bumps, and of course will reciprocate.post #364 of 6562/15/16 at 6:41pmQuote:
It was just a single mild jolt; plus I'm on the top (5th) floor, which magnifies things.
Currently my last ski day is Fri., April 1. But feel free to PM me just before you come up, since I may extend another week.post #365 of 6562/16/16 at 6:38ampost #366 of 6562/16/16 at 6:57ampost #367 of 6562/16/16 at 8:33ampost #368 of 6562/16/16 at 8:34ampost #369 of 6562/16/16 at 8:36amQuote:Originally Posted by chemist
I wonder what skis are good for lava days.
Basalt skis, of course.post #370 of 6562/16/16 at 9:46amQuote:Originally Posted by liv2 ski
It was many years ago when there was concern the volcano in that area may erupt. Man, you could have bought cheap back then. I would rather deal with an earthquake all day long over a volcano blowing it's top.
In addition to the San Andreas, the Cascadia subduction zone is primed for earthquakes, when volcanic activities have historically been of concern. See this much discussed article below:
Don't believe the news has slowed the growth in the PNW..post #371 of 6562/16/16 at 11:26amQuote = Trekchick:I wonder how it would feel to be in the Gondi during an earthquake.
Ask the people who were in it Memorial Day weekend of 1980. There were two 6+ earthquakes in succession around 9:30AM, and another two around noon.
I was there the prior weekend but not that one. Power was knocked out but Mammoth had emergency generators to restart and empty out all open lifts except the beginner chair 6 which required patrol evacuation.
Those who exited the gondola at the top were required to ski Roadrunner around the backside, past chair 12 to Main Lodge.
Patrol closed the mountain the rest of the day and inspected the upper mountain snowpack for fractures. The next day the mountain was open for business as usual.
These 4 quakes, one week after the Mt. St. Helens eruption, are what created the "volcano scare" at Mammoth. As you leave town to drive up to Main, you'll see a turnoff to "Mammoth Scenic Loop," which comes out on northbound 395. That road is in fact the volcano evacuation route, built after the 1980 quakes. The active area of magma is SE of Mammoth in the Long Valley Caldera. It is considered very unlikely to explode, but a Kilauea-type lava flow that could close southbound 395 is considered a possibility.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 2/27/16 at 3:23pmpost #372 of 6562/16/16 at 1:01pmpost #373 of 6562/16/16 at 1:28pmpost #374 of 6562/16/16 at 3:09pmpost #375 of 6562/16/16 at 3:41pm
How have you all found this season so far?
There has been so much snow this season, but I would be interested in your thoughts on the type of snow and weather conditions? Conditions on the Mountain, grooming etc?
I love Mammoth, it really is big fun mountain and as an added extra I always find the Mammoth Staff extremely friendly.post #376 of 6562/16/16 at 9:48pmpost #377 of 6562/16/16 at 9:54pmpost #378 of 6562/16/16 at 10:10pmQuote:
How soft did it get? I liked the conditions on Friday & Saturday over the weekend, but the Sunday was mashed potatoes and skied out by 11:00. I know it was partly the holiday weekend crows, but the overly warm weather is a bit devastating.post #379 of 6562/17/16 at 7:30pmQuote:
Not too soft at all on Tues.; indeed, on the upper mountain mostly I found the opposite -- there were many crusty refrozen areas that could use a bit of softening. And of course everything changed today with the storm, and the cooling weather.post #380 of 6562/19/16 at 8:01pm
Hey did anybody go on the web cams this morning? I did and it looked amazing; first at 8 am and the wind was blowing leaving ripples in the un-touched snow , looked like looked like deep , virgin,,,,,,,,just freaking perfect.Went back on at 9 and watched the luckiest s.o.b.'s tear it up in a matter of minutes. Briliant sunshine........I don't want to talk about it anymore.post #381 of 6562/20/16 at 7:19amI didn't pull into town until about 10:30, so didn't get any untracked, but the wind refilled Wipeout continually, so that was almost as good. Creamy snow everywhere, redistributed by the wind. A few patches of wind scoured boiler plate, but I'd say it was one of my top 25 days. Hoping for much the same today.post #382 of 6562/20/16 at 7:28amDamn, I hope to get back up there soon.
I'm coming home from Taos. The snow is OK there but nothing great. Lots of mogul skiing there if you want it. I chickened out on one of their toughest, Kachina peak. Steep but looked like too many moguls to negiotiate down.post #383 of 6562/21/16 at 6:40pm
I did a Tue-Fri trip last week and had a great time, got to meet and ski with @chemist Tuesday and nearly met @cosmoliu on Friday, but new snow and a busy mountain made that difficult. The storm arrived early Wednesday and laps on 22 were fantastic with the upper lifts closed down. Winds were wild and closed all lifts Thursday afternoon, even the Village gondola! Most went home, but those who stayed were rewarded with an extra hour of wind buffed powder. Learned alot about the lower mountain that day because so few lifts ever opened, never been forced so low here. Hiked Lincoln twice Thursday and once Friday before it opened, well worth it. As cosmoliu stated above, Friday was outstanding with free refills all day courtesy of the wind. Some pics.post #384 of 6562/21/16 at 7:07pmpost #385 of 6562/21/16 at 9:59pmpost #386 of 6562/22/16 at 12:55pm
UP for Thurs. 2/18 thru Sun 2/21
Made to the hill on 2/18 just about 1 PM ish. Was Windy, with swirling wind. Wasblown around just walking thru the Canyon parking lot!
made one run on Chair 8 (only lift open from Canyon) and chair 8 was also closed about 25 chairs behind me... so a very short day....
short couple minute run on nice but not spectacular conditions - by which time ALL lifts, entire Mtn, except chair 11, were shutdown. Crazy afternoon no matter...
Fri - GREAT Conditions - not really POW of any major depth, but the upper mountain did open and ALL the faces were great fun. The high winds from prior day made for great skiing WITHOUT the issues of fighting tracked out POW... the wind buff which blew in from the previous day made the pow more surface skiable, like having super-wide skis, even on Mid-80s skis. Plus the constant light to moderate winds kept ALL the upper faces filled with FREE REFILLS. By the time you got back to a section you had skied before, it was likely filled in again :-)
Everything was awesome FUN, all the Wipeouts, Dropouts were tuned for rippin turns and speed. Climax, Dave's, Paranoids, and so on...
Even Hangman's was finally skiable and underneath in MJB was just Baby butt smooth! Nice level of cold kept the upper Mtn super all day.
Lincoln was good, but not like the snowfall of 2 wks prior, Still great fun, especially the Avy Chutes.
Did a few non-stops down 3, in the afternoon, and it was fun - my only runs off Chair 3 the whole wkend - so not much to report for Sat & SUn conditions there..
Sat. Light breeze, getting warmer but snow held up all day on the upper Mtn. Dave's was a lot of skiers fav, because it was just hero snow ALL DAY Long!
Everything was great, and help up well. Temps were still cool to cold and snow did not get wet, except over on Chair 9 side, which as always, was to be avoided under bluebird skies.
Sun. Same as Sat except temps were again a bit warmer. Early morning conditions on the Upper Mtn were a bit set up, but did softern enough by about 10:30 - 11 to ski very nicely the rest of the day. But snow still held up well. Lincoln had started to get wetter and sticky, so just a few runs down the shady stuff under chair 22, and back to the upper mtn faces. Sunday was a very surprising mellow day on the Mtn - no crowds at all, all lifts were basically ski up to loading; so a lot of ski time and some serious leg burn! Don;t think I've ever seen a Sunday as mellow as yesterdays...
no pics, no phone, no interruptions! purrfect! keep it simple! keep it SKI !!!!!
Another great weekend! can't wait til the next one!post #387 of 6562/27/16 at 2:44pm
Conditions on the groomers are holding up quite well, but there is a little cumulative degradation with each passing day since the last storm. Here I'm practicing single-leg carves on lower Roller Coaster (Chair 4).
Next week is supposed to be storm-free, so if anyone wants to do a video session, please let me know (I give priority to powder over video ).post #388 of 6562/27/16 at 7:23pmpost #389 of 6563/1/16 at 8:03ampost #390 of 6563/1/16 at 8:26amQuote:
And also important perhaps is the temperature dropping next week, post-snow... Per OpenSnow, predicted high temps at 9500 feet :
3/6 - 25°
3/7 - 22°
3/8 - 23°
3/9 - 29°
3/10 - 31°
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