Not sure about regular days, but Memorial Day weekend they may open more. In 2011, with similar snow pack, they had a few others open including 4,5 and 10, open for the long weekend.
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Mammoth monitors hotel reservations and thus has some idea in advance when it will be busier. So some weekends, and Memorial weekend in particular, are likely to have more lifts open than 1,2,3,6,11 and 23 and gondola in a big year like this one.
June is usually the maintenance month for the gondola. It usually closes right after Memorial Day, leaving only chair 23 to serve the upper mountain for a few weeks. Both the gondola and 23 will run for the July 4 holiday weekend.
Squaw is 2,000 feet lower than Mammoth, both base and summit. The spring snow gets very mushy on warm days. Furthermore the highest terrain (Siberia, Granite Chief) faces east.
Alpine Meadows is a little better in spring than Squaw as it has a full range of exposures to follow the sun around and its base is 800 feet higher than Squaw's. But it's still far from Mammoth's class for April and later skiing.
It will be an instructive exercise to monitor what lifts are open at all Tahoe areas next week. I'm not making predictions, but I strongly recommend looking it up tomorrow, and later in the week too as there will probably be some wind holds tomorrow.
We have now made reservations and will definitely be skiing Mammoth Wed-Fri April 19-21.
If nothing else my expectations are put in order.
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The most severe crowd issue on Memorial weekend is parking because there is no access from Canyon, Eagle or the Village. The road can be parked solid from Main to chair 4, but they do run the parking shuttle along that road.
I came up early this morning and got on the mountain around noon. Was skiing chair 5 when I noticed they had opened 9, so I got over there for some fun turns on some very heavy fresh snow. Not exactly powder but quite smooth and the kind of turns that are fun to lean into as you wrap around the trees.
Chair 12 two Sundays ago the snow was so high that if I hadn't stopped sight seeing and looked down out of curiosity it would have grabbed my tips and flipped me off the chair. I actually ran my ski on the snow for a second just to see if it really was that close.
Wednesday was even better than last week. People were charging runs like the Avalanche Chutes, Huevos, Hangman's and Varmint's Nest because there was so much soft though not deep snow from the recent storm. Wipe Outs/Drop Outs were primo too, as were 3 and 5 in the morning before the top opened. I declined Balls-to-the-Wall, which I saw being skied. Someone attached a video of that to my report: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12402
There are too many lifts closed for wind today for us to go out. Closed lifts include 1,3,5,9,22 as well as the top. 2 and 10 opened at 10:45 and 16 at 12:45. The lower mountain softened yesterday so some of it may be firm today. Tomorrow is still expected to be calm, sunny and warmer.
We gave up too, left our condo 1:45PM and went out to Hot Creek and Convict Lake for a couple of hours. It was past 3PM before I noticed the upper lifts had opened. We will be out there tomorrow, hopefully near opening at chair 2.
Wind hold this morning but turned out fun.
Tomorrow should be a killer day.
cya on top..
Edited by mountainMonster - 4/20/17 at 6:38pm
There are very few bumps around within the weather of the past 2 weeks. I estimate the upper 40% of the mountain that was winter snow Wednesday will start out that way tomorrow and ski great all day. Other areas will be in melt/freeze mode, with good spring snow by midmorning around 9, 25 and Canyon Lodge. Similarly the chair 14 backside will be best when the sun gets it in the afternoon. Anything flat will be in soft but not sticky spring mode by 11AM or so. Some of the base areas might get a bit slushy by mid-afternoon, Eagle for sure and maybe Canyon too.
With the warming temperatures more bumps will develop in ungroomed areas, particularly those that are sun softened. With rising temperatures the melt/freeze will advance up the mountain, possibly leaving only the steepest upper runs in winter mode for the weekend. The point at which the entire mountain will go to spring conditions I can't say precisely but it's probably within a few days given the warm weather prediction.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 4/22/17 at 4:05pm
I'll be by the mountain by 8:15.
Where's a got place to park, I read somewhere that you take Meridian as far as you can and walk/shuttle. Any other ideas?
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