Good times kept rollin' at Mammoth. (Mammoth Mountain/Facebook)
It will take a record 270 days, but Mammoth Mountain will finally put an end to the 2016-2017 ski and snowboard season Aug. 6.
Fueled by record snowfall during the regular winter season – and a large snowstorm in June – the southern California resort kept going and going and going, while the rest of the nation’s resorts shut down winter operations. Mountain officials recorded 618 inches of snowfall at the 9,000-foot high base lodge and more than 800 inches at the 11,000-foot summer. During two weeks in January alone, the Sierra Nevada mountain got 34 feet – or more than 400 inches.
This past season has been rivaled only once in Mammoth’s history: In 1994, the resort opened in early October and ran until Aug. 13.
At the SoCal resort, the Main Lodge area has had four lifts and several dozen trails listed as open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scenic rides on the Panorama Gondola began in June, but mountain biking has been limited because of so much snow.
Farther north in California, Squaw Valley had its latest closing date ever on July 15.
A series of weather systems known as atmospheric rivers blasted the Sierra Nevada this winter and even into early spring, resulting in impressive snowfall totals.The back-to-back storms brought the largest snowpack to the Sierra Nevada in 22 years, a gift to ski resorts where snow has been scarce and ski seasons short during five years of drought. Squaw Valley received 60 feet of cumulative snowfall and operated for 200 days this season.
Both mountains have cranked up summer operations, albeit for a short season. At Mammoth, it’ll be only 100 days to the 2017-2018 opening in November.