Here's great news for all of you diehards. Officials at [R227R, Mammoth Mountain], the California High Sierra resort, plans to remain open to skiers and riders through Independence Day. It marks the 11th time in the past 31 years the resort has exited with a bang.

The reason: prodigious snowfall. Mammoth reports it has received 41 feet (493 inches) of snow this past winter. The snow depth in mid-April is 11 to 15 feet. This is the best winter's snow dump since the record-breaking 2005/06 season when more than 50 feet of snow fell on mountain.

"Those of us who run Mammoth Mountain came here to ski and ride as much as possible so we always open as early as we can and stay open as long as the snow lasts," said Mammoth Chairman Rusty Gregory. "We have the best April snow conditions I've seen in my 32 years on the mountain. With as much snow as we have, our customers would riot if we closed down as early as the other ski resorts."

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