A Mammoth Time in Mammoth

1 Mar

We just got back from what turned out to be quite a long trip to Mammoth Mountain!

The original plan had been to stay five days but our flight to Mammoth kept getting cancelled because of the storm at the other end. I was getting quite bummed out and James was working really hard to keep my spirits high.

But three days after our original flight one of the planes finally made it! James arranged for our return flight to get pushed back as well, and when we arrived the snow was fantastic!MVIMG_20190210_112030This was James before he started digging out the ash bin on the balcony. Look at him – so fresh and optimistic:
IMG_20190206_170316And this was him halfway through: IMG_20190206_172726The weather was quite dicey so there were only a couple of days where the whole mountain was open. But we had multiple days with over a foot of fresh snow so it was hard to complain!

James and I were originally planning to skip Saturday and Sunday, but each day had 18″ of snow overnight so we figured we’d go in the morning and head back once everything got tracked out. The first couple of runs were incredible! The snow was sooo deep (knee to thigh deep on me) and I could hear people on the chairlifts getting really excited haha.

But most of the mountain was closed so this is what the lift lines looked like …IMG_20190209_092512(Also doesn’t that photo look like one of those old school Christmas cards? Weird)

With that many people the snow got tracked out pretty fast. James left earlier than I did, which was smart because by the time I left (1ish) there was a line for the gondola to get back down, which I’ve never seen before.

Also before he left, he found Woolly and got a photo with him!
IMG_20190209_114844He said he was the first one to get a photo and immediately a long queue formed after him. I guess it was a lining up kind of day!

On Sunday morning we got there about 30 minutes early but the opening was delayed by an hour because of the wind. On the plus side there was a ton of snow falling – this was what my board looked like if I stood still for a couple of minutes:IMG_20190210_084044After we were told they wouldn’t open the lifts for awhile, a lot of people went to wait in the lodge. But some of us got impatient and hiked up the run to get a couple of turns in. MVIMG_20190210_085311Also it looks flat but it wasn’t!

Mammoth kept most of the mountain closed again, but they gradually opened up some of the lower chairlifts so there was deep powder to be had all morning.

Tuesday was the day we were supposed to depart and we basically ended up spending the whole day at the airport because our flight (and the flight that United moved us to) kept getting delayed and then cancelled. Both incoming flights actually circled the airport and left without landing, which was pretty disappointing, especially since Tuesday had been our last chance to leave before the next storm.

We had to reschedule a bunch of stuff back home and extend the cat sitter, but once that all got sorted (and we did another grocery shop) I was looking forward to another few days of snowboarding. =D

Wednesday had a wonderful combination of fresh snow and no people. IMG_20190213_091735Me (on Wednesday): I think today has been the best day.
James: You’ve said that every day!

On Thursday Mammoth didn’t actually open at all because of the storm. It was nice to have a relaxation day but in the evening our power got knocked out for 5 hours which sucked.

Here is James boiling water on top of the wood heater to make instant ramen.
IMG_20190214_175146Then on Friday I was back to my regular snowboard schedule. =)

We managed to get out on Saturday. The San Francisco flight was cancelled but we routed via Denver and finally got home that way. It was an eventful but wonderful snow trip – I think my favourite ever.

Bye Mammoth – see you next time!IMG_20190216_120526

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