[R227R, Mammoth] opened for skiing and snowboarding Oct. 16 after a snowstorm whipped through the Eastern Sierra. The mid-month opening marked the second earliest opening in resort history, running eight days behind the 1994 record.

The early October snowstorm brought a boon for skiers and riders. It dropped two feet of snow at the Main Lodge that sits at 8,900 feet. But higher elevations piled up four to six feet of snow. The storm prompted the early opening with free lift tickets for the day-nearly a month ahead of its usual opening.

"We are so excited to start the season nearly four weeks ahead of schedule," said Howard Pickett, Chief Marketing Officer of Mammoth Mountain. "Mammoth's high elevation will pay off for skiers and snowboarders who have been anxiously awaiting the coming winter."

Broadway Express opened with 12- to 24-inch machine groomed natural snow base, and the Main Lodge opened Broadway Marketplace, Tusks Bar, and the rental and retail shops. The resort has already opened additional chairlifts and terrain with plans to add more as soon as possible, thanks to the large snowpack in the upper elevations. 
Early season skiers and riders can stay slopeside for $99 per person per night with the resort's First Tracks to Mammoth package. A stay of two or more nights is required, and the offer includes a lift ticket for each person for each night's stay. The rate is based on double occupancy in a standard hotel room at Mammoth Mountain Inn. The package is available Oct. 16 - Dec. 16.

So, yes, it was a very early opening, but early season weather is fickle everywhere. The bad news is the resort closed again until the weather was cold enough to make more snow or new snow fell. Always check the snow reports here at OnTheSnow.com before going skiing or riding this time of year.

More information. Or call 800-MAMMOTH.