Mammothites awoke to the familiar sound of snowplows, tires crunching on cinder-sprayed ice and, off the beaten path, clumps of new snow flumping to the ground from red firs, whitebark pines, Jeffrey pines and the occasional rooftop.
It was the first true bluebird day of the season, and it could not have been more lovely nor more appropriate.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens for business on Thursday, and plans a big weekend of parties to go along with the skiing and riding.
The ski area announced on its website that Sunday's storm dumped more than a foot of fresh snow at Main Lodge. "As we get word from our crew on the mountain, it is looking closer to two feet of snow near the top."
Temperatures have dropped over the weekend allowing snowmaking to be in full blast, the ski area announced. "A combination of a fresh 14"-20" of snow and lower temps are making the perfect remedy for this Thursday's Opening Day!"
The forecast from the National Weather Service as of 9:30 a.m. Monday, looked like this:
Today: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North wind around 5 mph becoming southwest.
Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind around 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Veterans Day: Sunny, with a high near 42.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 48.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 45.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 47.