Mammoth Mountain kicks off its ski and snowboarding season Thursday (today) with a good chance of fresh powder to follow.
The day's schedule starts at 8:30 a.m., when the first chair carries skiers and boarders up the hill, where they’ll find a slope cloaked in manufactured snow, mingled with remains of the 18 inches of real snow that fell in late October.
Chair lifts 1 and 3 will be running and the Panorama gondola will be offering scenic rides only.
Meanwhile, a storm is expected to arrived on Friday and stay through Saturday, possibly dropping enough snow to open more lifts and runs.
The resort’s communications director, Joani Lynch, said she expected more than 1,000 skiers and boarders for the opener. Among other festivities Thursday: a Champagne toast on the main lodge sundeck at 11 a.m. and live music afterward (by the Eastside Five). That night will include a premiere screening of the new snowboarding documentary “2112” in The Village at Mammoth.