Mammoth and Squaw Valley Enjoying Powder Days In May

May 22nd, 2019


Freshies under the KT22 chair in Squaw Valley on May 17. Photo: Ben Arnst


Mountainwatch | Reggae Elliss

While the Australian mountains are looking very green at the moment it is a different story in California where there have been plenty of fresh tracks on offer after two storms in the past week, the latest dropping 17cms last night.  This comes after a period of warm spring weather where, in classic California fashion, people have been skiing and snowboarding in bikinis, boardshorts and Hawaiian shirts.


When the first storm hit on May 16, Mammoth received 30cms overnight. Photo: Mammoth Mountain

But winter returned last week, the first storm hitting on May 16, dropping 30cms in Mammoth overnight and 17cms in Squaw. A trough over the Sierra’s has seen the storms move in out of the north and over 70cms has fallen at Squaw Valley in the past seven days. Mammoth is also reporting good totals with half a metre of snow in the past five days.


Digging out the mid-mountain Base camp area at Squaw this morning, May 22. Photo: Ben Arnst

After a slow start with minimal pre-season snowfalls the Sierras, a couple of strong storms dropped big snow totals during early January while there were only seven days without snowfalls during all of February. Over two metres fell during March and this season turned out to be something special for all Californian resorts.

Squaw Valley now has a season snowfall total of just over 18 metres up the top, while Mammoth has a total of 17.9 metres at its summit. While lift operations will wind down after this weekend, both resorts will be open with some lifts spinning until July 7.


Mammoth’s Main Park looking pretty impressive on May 21 and with lifts open until July 7 it will see plenty more action. Photo: Mammoth Mountain

The good news is the latest forecast for the Australian resorts has some snow heading our way with a system due early next week.  It could be perfect timing with the opening weekend only 18 days away. Check our forecast updates daily to see if it stays on track.