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December 13, 2011 |
Yes, the mountains of Southern California got a little snow , but the state's biggest snow hill, Mammoth Mountain, is still feeling pretty bony. Fun, but as much fun as man-made snow can be. And we have that lil' La Niña to blame. But wait, last year was also a La Niña year, and Mammoth got blasted with more than 668 inches of snow, including epic pre-Christmas dumps that made for a great holiday season. This year, according to the Mammoth Mountain website, we're sitting at 49 inches.
December 9, 2011 |
First, a little question: Does anybody hedge their bets the way a weather forecaster does? Predictions for this winter call for another La Niña, the same cocktail of conditions that delivered last season's epic snowfall. Sure to be a happy hour special this winter: La Niña Colada. But squint a little and you'll discover some fine print. Specifically, something called the Arctic oscillation, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration considers a wild card in North America's upcoming winter.
November 17, 2011 |
Mammoth Mountain , you've only improved with age, yours and mine. Opening weekend 2011 (Nov. 10 was opening day) brought something new: an RFID ticketing system. And something improved: a smoother-operating loading/unloading zone at Main Lodge. And, for the young and/or adventurous, some new terrain park features. Plus something old, of course: the snow Mammoth is known for, still too thin for full-mountain operations but enough (an 18-28-inch base, supplemented with snowmaking)
November 14, 2011 |
The drive from Southern California to Mammoth Mountain ski resort can be tough on busy holiday weekends. Pacific Sports Tours is offering a bus trip on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend for skiers and boarders (and families too) that might take the angst out of getting there. The trip includes hotel and bus transportation -- but not lift tickets -- starting at $279 a person. Date: The trip is Jan. 13-16; final payment due Dec. 1. Price: $279 a person, based on four to a room (two queen-size beds)
October 5, 2011 |
Hello, winter. Mammoth Mountain got a dusting of snow Tuesday, and the ski resort expects more into Wednesday. Weather.com is predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow and strong winds during the day on Wednesday, and possibly 1 to 2 inches more Wednesday night, when the temperature is expected to drop to a low of 18. Mammoth had exceptional snowfall during its 2010-2011 season, which continued until July 4 . It is expected to...
September 13, 2011 |
Fall colors in the Eastern Sierra start to appear in late September and October. Here's an idea for a scenic getaway that's easy on the wallet: Rooms start at $98 a night at Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, where you can take in the mountain scenery without going too far. The offer also includes a boat rental and fishing rods. The deal: Mid-century Tamarack Lodge, part of the Mammoth Mountain empire, sits on Twin Lakes and features a variety of rooms and cabins in different sizes.
July 11, 2011 |
If you haven't yet planned the weekend, grab three friends or family members and head north. Avoid the predicted "Carmageddon"-size gridlock when the 405 Freeway closes Saturday and Sunday by heading to Mammoth Mountain, where you can stay three nights for -- of course -- $405. The deal: The Escape Carmageddon package for $405 plus tax for three nights lets you chose among various hotels at the ski area, including Mammoth Mountain Inn at 9,000 feet on the mountain to lakeside Tamarack Lodge.
June 30, 2011 |
Winter sports this season started with a bang in the autumn and cruised through one big storm after another during winter and spring, leaving several Western mountain resorts to conclude that the Fourth of July is more than beaches, picnics and fireworks. You can hit snowy slopes too. Just be prepared for limited terrain and shortened hours, in many cases. Weather permitting, here are some snow-meets-sun options for Independence Day weekend: -- Mammoth Mountain in California sometimes seizes the confused calendar to keep some lifts humming through Independence Day. With heaps of fresh snow, the Sierra Nevada snowpack looks more like its mid-winter self - a “June-uary” as the month has been renamed at the resort.
June 30, 2011 |
Here's a last-minute Fourth of July getaway for those who love the outdoors : Book Mammoth Mountain’s " Freedom of Choice " package for this weekend and get a $200 gift card. The card is good year-round for activities, such as skiing and snowboarding (available through Monday at Mammoth), golf, mountain biking and zip-lining; dining; nightlife; shopping; and more. The deal: Book a minimum three-night stay at the Juniper Springs Resort, Mammoth Mountain Inn, Tamarack Lodge or Village Lodge and receive one $200 gift card for each adult on the reservation.