Mammoth Mountain Opens Early, Free Skiing For All!
Skiing in Southern California sounds like a horrible oxymoron, or a poorly conceived of joke. But it's true, Golden State foreigners: There's snow to be found around our usually heat-stricken climes, namely at Mammoth Mountain.
In recent years we've heard reports of poor snowfall and late season starts in some California skiing regions, Lake Tahoe in particular. That isn't the case at Mammoth in 2009, though; the mountain was hit with two-to-six feet of snow ahead of schedule, according to a report from the Los Angeles Examiner, boding well for ski bunnies itching to hit the slopes early. The Examiner states that Mammoth's current "26 inches of snow is the highest October total since the 2004-05 season," with "warm temperatures approaching 60 degrees" around the mountain. Now that's oxymoronic.
Mammoth opens today and will reward snow zealots with a free day of skiing and snowboarding. Per the Examiner, Mammoth's chief marketing officer, Howard Pickett, says that "Mammoth’s high elevation will pay off for skiers and snowboarders who have been anxiously awaiting the coming winter," though the previous season only closed in mid-June. The free day on the slopes kicks off at 8:30 AM today, serving the "Broadway, Forest Trail, Mambo, St. Moritz, and Main Park," according to the Los Angeles Times "Daily Travel & Deal" blog. Dust off those snowboots, but hold off on the hot chocolate for the time being, we say.
· Mammoth opening with Freebie Friday [L.A. Times Daily Travel & Deal blog]
· Mammoth Mountain [Official Site]
· Skiing coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Clinton Steeds]