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S.R. 158 closure extended until Nov. 15 due to Digital 395 work, weekdays only

November 7, 2013

Weather permitting, Caltrans will extend the temporary closure of part of Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) until Nov. 15, weekdays only from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This closure will expedite Digital 395 work so that it can be completed before significant snowfall in the area.

The established detour route will continue to be available on North Shore Drive (see attached map) which allows access to June Lake through an alternate route.

Mono County appreciates the public’s cooperation and understanding during this construction work.

RAW: Mammoth Mountain opens with 4 lifts, 6 trails,1,500 vertical feet

November 7, 2013

Skiers and snowboarders took to the hill Thursday morning, Nov. 7, during the first chair banner breakthrough at 8:30 a.m. at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Mammoth claimed a base depth of 12-18 inches of natural and manmade snow, thanks to an early season storm and cold temperatures, which have allowed for pristine snowmaking conditions.

Chairs 1, 3, 6, and 11 are running over 6 trails and covering approximately 1,500 vertical feet.

The Mountain turns 60

November 7, 2013

It’s a good thing that the nights are chilly on Mammoth Mountain.

With temperatures consistently in the 20s but with little to no natural snow on the ground, snow guns have blanketed the main runs off the north face of the mountain at Main Lodge, creating a smooth, white surface for today’s Opening Day.

The first chairlift, Broadway Express (Chair 1), is to lift off on schedule at 8:30 a.m., according to Joani Lynch, the ski area’s communications director.

Weather plays hard to get

November 7, 2013

With Mammoth Mountain opening this weekend, and a healthy dusting already behind us, snow is on the mind. And maybe, just maybe, in the forecast for next week.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty,” said Alex Hoon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “The models keep flip-flopping back and forth.”

There is an area of low pressure moving into California early next week, he said, it’s just a matter of how far south it will reach. Low pressure areas are typically associated with inclement weather.

Officials reveal plan for June Ski Area

November 7, 2013

A slew of Mammoth Mountain bigwigs hit June Lake late Tuesday night, Nov. 5, to roll out an ambitious new plan for June Mountain Ski Area that they say will save the ailing ski area—and set a new industry precedent.

 “We are going to offer kids under 12 ski free,” MMSA Chief Operating Officer Greg Dallas told approximately 120 people crowded into the community center in June Lake.

“That’s a huge deal. No one else is doing this. Most places there are restrictions, there are asterisks in the fine print.”

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