Mammoth Mountain wraps up a 275-day ski season

A snowboarder takes air on a side hit, grabbing nose. There's reddish coloured rock behind, with just a little snow to jump, and the rider wears a t shirt suggesting it's definitely spring summer skiing

Mammoth Mountain in California has finally stopped skiing after a whopping 275-day ski season. Believe it or not, it’s not even the longest ski season on record, with 1995 and 2017 making it beyond 6 August.

That leaves less than 100 days until the start of Winter ’23-24, with 10 November slated for kick off. The count down is on!

Whilst it wasn’t (quite) the longest winter of all time – Winter 94/95 ran from 8 October to 13 August – it was the biggest in history in regards to snow.

An average Mammoth Mountain ski season sees around 10m of snowfall. Near to 23 metres of snow fell during winter at California’s highest ski area (up to 3,369m) in the Eastern Sierras; January was the killer month that saw 5.6m of snowfall (- that’s season snow total territory in Alpine resorts). Of course, this meant a lot of efforts digging out and on avalanche mitigation, but the deep, deep snowpack no doubt to thank for this 275-day ski season.

A few shots from closing weekend, 6 August 2023, taken from Mammoth Mountain’s socials:

Two snowboarders shred together, one below a human sized lip, getting sprayed by corn snow from another rider riding along the lip. Snow looks slushy and riders wear t shirts so it's definitely spring-summer
A snowboarder takes air on a turn on a steep slope with corn snow, the valley not far below looking very spring like with a strip of snow for a piste and a green summery alpine lake
A solo skier heads down a steep, during what's clearly a summer ski session. Snow is textured and looks corny, mountains behind are nearly bare from snow, and rocks and dirt protrude through snow