Result of last week's weather

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 10:40:52 02/18/19

In Reply to: What's new in the park posted by Granite Head

Granite Head,

Excellent photo.

We skied up Blacktail Plateau Drive to The Cut and back yesterday. Driving through Mammoth, I was stunned by how much snow was piled up. The plow-created berms along the mall had to be 10 feet high. I think it is the most snow accumulation I have ever witnessed in Mammoth. Kelly Burns, who lives in Lower Mammoth, and works for Xanterra, skied with us. She said it snowed every day last week.

We had skied the service road from Frog Rock to Blacktail Plateau Drive and a bit beyond 3 weeks prior, and at that time, the snow cover in that area was thin, maybe 6-8 inches in most places. It was the grooming that made the road skiable. A week later, we drove through that area on our way to ski the Bannock trail near the NE Entrance, and it was still thin cover. Now, that area has at least 2-4 feet in most areas, with some drifts as deep as 5-8 feet. We saw multiple herds of both bison and elk along the trail. They are all heavily engaged in trying to get down through that deep snow to access the grass underneath. Unfortunately, several bison herds were moving west from the Blacktail Ponds area. If they start heading toward Mammoth, they will likely keep going until they exit the park, and we know what's waiting for them down there!


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