Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is watching its snowfall total climb for another year well past its annual average. Its snow pack may be setting the resort up for a long spring season.

Snowfall at the resort already reached 428 inches by the end of February. The amount far surpassed Mammoth's annual snowfall tally of 342.5 inches, despite a dry January, and it bodes well for a long spring season.

"We've stayed open into June in other comparable years," spokesperson Dan Hansen told OnTheSnow. "The way it's shaping up now, we could hit June easily, and Fourth of July is a possibility."

Mammoth usually runs through Memorial Day. Last year, it remained open until July 4 due to snowfall, which topped 500 inches. The decision of how long the resort will stay open will be made later in spring, said Hansen. Spring weather patterns and the effect on the snow pack will be determining factors, although the cold winter has preserved the deep snow pack so far.

The resort operates full steam ahead through Easter. The Canyon Lodge pond skimming event April 24 signals the last day before operations shrink to Main Lodge. "But a ton of mountain is still accessible for skiing," added Hansen.

Mammoth will begin selling its MVP passes for next season in April. Hansen indicated that details would be released soon, but the passes are valid for spring skiing for the remainder of this year.

A full lineup of spring events are scheduled at Mammoth this spring, including a free concert March 26 by Grammy winner La Roux. Major events bring on big name competitors for the Roxy Chicken Jam March 24-27 and Mammoth Invitational April 8-10.

More information. Or call 800-MAMMOTH.

Check out this YouTube video action from last year's Roxy Chicken Jam at Mammoth: