“Most snow in the world.” That’s what it said in huge letters on Mammoth Mountain's website Thursday. That claim likely comes from an Orange County Register article Tuesday that compared snow levels at 10 ski and snowboarding resorts around the world and found Mammoth's to be the highest.
Indeed, 255 inches of snow have fallen at the resort so far this season.
For four days, starting Dec. 17, the flakes fell at the rate of 1.5 to 2 inches per hour, Mammoth spokesman Daniel Hansen said. That stacked up to 16 feet of new snow. Mammoth's white windfall set a record for the snowiest December since 1969, when the resort started keeping records, and the snowiest November in 25 years.
With news of all that powder, Hansen said, the resort is gearing up for Christmas weekend. "It's our busiest time of the year anyway," he said. "And with this snowfall, the entire 3,500 acres will be open for skiing." The weather forecast for Christmas shows a slight chance of snow.
Mammoth isn't the only resort enjoying big-snow giddiness. Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe has received a record-breaking 246 inches of snow so far this season, spokeswoman Amelia Richmond said. And now it too is looking toward the holidays for an influx of skiers and boarders.