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...hope I didnt clog this thread too much...

 

Not at all! Great seeing the late season videos.

post #632 of 656
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Oh, and they are loading mtn bikes to the top, they go off the back, but lots of bikers & sightseers.....
sorry for the bad video, too tired to edit down......

Ha, I watched both of those! Way better than the usual endless, boring face shots most GoPro's show.
Thanks for all the updates, I expect a few more.

Chair 3 Late June 2011:
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Fri morning 6/24....
Better than it looks...lol.....IMVHO
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Quote = mountain Monster:
hope I didnt clog this thread too much...

Absolutely not.  It's extremely useful to see the week-by-week meltout.  It can be a very useful reference in future late seasons.  I have general idea from being there ~1 trip per month in lots of late seasons, but this is more useful, all contained in a few pages.

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The face of 3's last day was thurs

I didn't think face of 3 would make it to the end.

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chr 23's last day is this Sunday,

That's unfortunate.   The gondola rates to be a complete junk show over the holiday with tons of sightseers, no chair 23 plus needing to download when done skiing.  The video skiing Drop Out looks great but the thin spots are encroaching and rate to cut off the run before July.  Note in the last pic that ALL runs skier's left of chair 23 are already cut off.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 6/26/16 at 3:11pm
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looks great for the end of June, and a lot more fun than Timberline, A-basin, even Mt. Bachelor after the beginning of May.  I wish they would offer a spring pass, seems like they are missing out on some revenue on good snow years, though a season pass is still cheaper than a Timberline Summer pass, though you miss July, August.

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Mammoth used to offer a spring pass back in the early 90's (maybe late 80's ?) $99 what a deal

EDIT: april 30 to closing if I remember correctly......
Edited by mountainMonster - 6/26/16 at 11:58am
post #637 of 656
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looks great for the end of June, and a lot more fun than Timberline, A-basin, even Mt. Bachelor after the beginning of May.  I wish they would offer a spring pass, seems like they are missing out on some revenue on good snow years, though a season pass is still cheaper than a Timberline Summer pass, though you miss July, August.


Mammoth for its final week will have basically 3 runs: Climax, Cornice and Saddle Bowl (backside of 3).  Saddle Bowl is a mainstream intermediate groomer, Climax is expert and Cornice is advanced but can be toned down to high intermediate with good grooming. Mountain Monster can tell us whether Cornice is still groomable.  I skied Mammoth at this level of restricted terrain in late May 1981 and July 4, 1986.  The Memorial Day weekend of the lean 2012 and 2014 seasons were similar but also had a strip open down Broadway.   The last 4 July closings (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011) were much bigger years with a wide variety of runs still open at the closing, a bit more than what was open June 11-12 this year in the the 3 earlier years and much more (Chair 2 was still open!) in 2011.

 

Comparisons to the above 3 areas:

1) Mammoth becomes decisively better than A-Basin once Pali closes, average date for that is in the range of May 10-15.  Even in early May Mammoth tends to have 2x as much open acreage as A-Basin with a similar distribution of terrain by level of challenge.

2) Timberline in summer mode is a uniform patch at advanced intermediate pitch. But it still has snow when everyone else is done. So a fair comparison in May/June would include the Magic Mile as well as Palmer still having skiable snow.  But Magic Mile is fairly flat, and for terrain variety most avid skiers would far prefer Mammoth (or A-Basin with Pali open).

3) Bachelor's late season is more controlled by Powdr Corp than by the amount of snow there. The snow accumulates as deep and melts slower than at Mammoth.  Through closing of the Northwest lift first or second weekend in May there is more skiable acreage than Mammoth with potential ideal corn all day following the sun aspects. Unfortunately the best days will be cut short by Powdr Corp's fixed 2PM close starting late April.  Mammoth scales back closing hour based upon snowpack condition, not the calendar.  I've seen 3-4PM closings at Memorial Day in the best spring seasons.  In most years Mammoth loses its snow much faster than Bachelor in June, so Bachelor should have the best June skiing, and did during most seasons from 1984-2000.

 

Then Powdr Corp arrived and curtailed the season to late May most years. One of the exceptions was 3-day public opening at the end of June in 2012.  I went up there to ski that: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10254

 

Mammoth had that level of coverage at the end of June only in the exceptional seasons of 1983, 1995 and 2011.  Mammoth makes July 4 in ~30% of seasons.  Bachelor could do it in ~60% if they felt like it.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 6/26/16 at 8:34pm
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6 days left, snow melting quicker day by day, too hot for a t shirt today...
Climax , cornice, & saddle are the choices. I only skied climax to saddle today,rocks in troughs.
Soft n fun from first run, I hiked d3 yesterday, nice first few turns, not worth the hike in & out for me.
Think I'm gonna make it to Friday, leave before weekend.
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Weak signal won't let me upload pix do vid.
Thunder showers shut down gondie & chair at 2pm today, rained in town I'm told.
A fellow camper up here estimates 30 skiers ? Today ? Not many....
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Following picture was posted on TGR and shows the only/narrow way down to mid-mountain. It's hard to believe how much has melted since I was there less than 5 weeks ago.

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The pic above is absolutely the least snow I've even seen at Mammoth when open late season.   Less than 5/31/81, 7/4/86 and Memorial weekends of 2007 and 2012.  In all of those cases Saddle Bowl was quite wide and the face of 3 was still skiable.

 

It is unfortunate that Mammoth chose to push the closing date and was then rewarded(?) with sustained June hot spells.

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Man, that looks like Stev and Dookeys patch skiing reports!!!

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Coming to an end for sure, today (fri 7/1) maybe the last day for climax, 4-5 "trails" down yesterday with lots o rocks in troughs, I'll try to remember my camera & post a few, I'm leaving tonight, too crowded this weekend for me & guessing only cornice open. I hear they were going to try and open 23, but I hiked mon. & it wasn't worth it, climb in & hike out.

Monster.....
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We left last Friday, and just didn't see a reason to go back up for closing weekend.  I missed 2 months with a broken arm, but still managed to ski 72 days.  Maybe next year with good snow and no injuries I can make 100.

 

Tony, I'm sure that you and mountainMonster have way more days than I shall ever achieve.

 

So was this a brave experiment on Mammoth's part?  I'm curious why they chose to go beyond the "Broadway rule".  If it was an experiment, was it a success?

 

I believe that in many previous years, a number of us watched the cams with a bit of jealousy, where the lifts were running and the campers were skiing but the mountain was closed.  "They could have stayed open for another week or two" was often the refrain.  Well, this year they did.  I doubt that they made much money by doing it.  However, I don't think they expended much extra effort and expense by doing so.

 

I enjoyed the last 2 weeks that we were up there, and got a glimpse of Mammoth's summer culture that I have not often been aware of.  So for me (us) it was a success.

 

I wonder what will happen next season.

 

Thanks, gentlemen, for all the reports.

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They had quite a few race camps booked through june 27, easy for marketing to stay open one more week. least amount of snow for a late closing Iv ever seen.but still fun to the end.


Edited by mountainMonster - 7/2/16 at 8:06am
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Fri morning ,july1, climax, skiers lft

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Been a good season....
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I finally broke down and bought an annual pass for next year. I had the MCP for 4 years but I want to stay a little more local(Big Bear & Mammoth) next year so I'd like to improve upon my 18 days of skiing that I had this year. I hope to get in 20-25 days so I hope to join others next year up there.

 

Let's hope for another great season!!

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18 days definitely calls for buying Mammoth Premier instead of MCP. That's what I do and this is one of the seasons where it was the right call, with 21 days at Mammoth plus 2 at Big Bear. The $100 extra for Premier was well worth it for a late March week at Alta/Snowbird and 2 January days at Squaw.
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@Tony Crocker, 18 days was split between

2 = Taos

2 = Squaw

8 = Mammoth

4 = Big Bear

2 = Snow Valley

 

Taos, Squaw, Mammoth were free(MCP) for 7 days and I fortunate to get discounts from others for the other days and/or resorts.

 

I just decided for next year, I don't feel like traveling around so I'm going to stick to local and only do Big Bear and Mammoth. I'm shooting for at least 20 days total(I have 2 already in)

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Coming atcha in 100 days...
Mammoth opening Nov 10....
Jonesin' already
post #651 of 656
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Coming atcha in 100 days...
Mammoth opening Nov 10....
Jonesin' already


Wanna start the 2016-17 thread?  If I see one, then I'll lock this one with a link to the new one.  :)

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Yes, it's about time to start a new thread for the upcoming season. I'd like to make 4-5 trips this year
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Then I best squeeze two pics in quick-like. The first was taken at 12:39PM on May 5 during a lightning and thundersnow closure, all lifts were stopped and nobody was on the hill. My friend had tweaked a knee on Dropout 2 and I was escorting him down as rapidly as possible. The second was my final run, first stop, below Buck's. I hope this laNina thing produces a great 16/17 for everyone!                                                                                      15/16 Final

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Quote = NED79:
The first was taken at 12:39PM on May 5 during a lightning and thundersnow closure

We were skiing the backside when that thunder episode started.  No surprise when we got to Main Lodge the lifts were closed so we stopped for lunch.  We finally met you for a few runs the next day.

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We were skiing the backside when that thunder episode started.  No surprise when we got to Main Lodge the lifts were closed so we stopped for lunch.  We finally met you for a few runs the next day.

It was a little eerie being out there mid-day with no one around, not even a patrol sweep, and so quiet after the crack of lightning and rolling thunder. The next day turned out to be my last of the season, great to meet you and Liz and @Rainbow Jenny that day! 

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This thread is now locked as the 2016-2017 thread has begun!! 

 

You can find it here :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147325/mammoth-mountain-for-2016-2017

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