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Conditions on for mammoth to open?

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MMMGirkin
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Conditions on for mammoth to open?

Can anyone tell me what Mammoth tends to be like on opening day/week? Is it just a few man-mades or would most of the mountain have to be ski-able before they decide to open?

Planning a separate holiday in November and want to add a 'buffer' week in case Mammoth happens to be open, but if its only likely to be a few runs, obviously not worth it.

Thanks

Corona del Mar, CA
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for San Diego, Orange County, California
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1. Re: Conditions on for mammoth to open?

Just no way to guess, California is in perpetual drought.

Look at the vid below. If you fast forward through the speech, you can see how the mountain looked. If I had to guess, I'd say the mountain opened at no more than 50% but I can't say if that was for crowd reasons or snow reasons or both.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ovyCPEwweU

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Santa Monica...
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for Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Mammoth Lakes
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2. Re: Conditions on for mammoth to open?

Mammoth ALWAYS makes its opening day, they don't wait for the snow to come, they make the snow well in advance. It's always open the 2nd Thursday in November, I don't know one year it wasn't. Some years it opens early, if there's a huge storm. Some years it's just a few runs of manmade snow, some years it's a powder day on opening day.

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