The snow dances in Mammoth Lakes have paid off, and winter is finally here! A storm rolled in on Jan. 30, dropping 10-14" of fresh snow on Mammoth Mountain over the course of 48 hours. Another storm followed closely behind it, bringing an additional 4-6" and huge powder grins to Mammoth Lakes on Feb. 2.

Following a long dry spell, and talk of drought throughout California, the stormy weather and great new snow quickly brought winter back to the Eastern Sierra. Skiers and boarders were hitting the slopes bright and early all weekend, and comments about the great new conditions filled the lift lines. Another chance of snow is in the forecast for later in the week.

Nine new trails opened, including the face of Chair Five and the Avy Chutes. The base depth at Mammoth Mountain is currently 25-35". With 20 lifts running and 129 trails open across all three of the ski area’s lodges, Mammoth still has the most terrain available in California.

The new snow means things are shaping up for a great President’s Weekend in Mammoth Lakes. Don’t get left out in the cold; wax up your skis or your board, and make your last minute plans to visit Mammoth and take advantage of special offers on lodging, dining and activities.

For the most up-to-date storm totals and conditions go to www.mammothmountain.com.

For video footage and images from the storms, go to www.visitmammoth.com.

Snow Sale: Fly to Mammoth for as low $90 with three-day advance purchase.