18 May, 2011
Over the last couple days Mammoth has turned into a full blown winter paradise despite the fact that it’s May! In fact the mountain looks just like it did this winter, nothing has changed and it’s frozen in winter time. This morning started out with sunshine and powder, it took a while for the top to open but that meant good things for me. I waited patiently, getting work done and finally when I heard it was a go, grabbed my co-worker Lauren for a top to bottom shred break.
The Mammoth Mountain sign on top is finally buried (but it’ll be dug out again). That sign is 18 feet high I believe.
We ended up standing at the top of the gondola and dropping into climax just off the gondola. As soon as we dropped in, it was very clear that the 8.5 inches in the past 24 hours was underestimated. It was deep, fluffy and damn good powder turns even with some choppy spots. We traversed over closer to Dave’s and got some good turns in before heading down along chair 5 liftline.
I love when photos look like this, powder!
We made our way down to chair 2 which was empty but dumping snow. Amazing how the conditions are so great but people don’t come up as much on the mountain. Now’s the time to get the best days without the lines.