2022-23 California Detail

Updated December 1, 2022

Mammoth had 11 inches of snow at the beginning of November and opened Broadway, Rusty's and Saddle Bowl Nov. 5 with snowmaking assistance. After 49 inches fell Nov. 8-9, Mammoth was 63% open Nov. 12, including the top, chairs 3 & 5, and the lower mountain as far east as Chairs 4, 16 and Canyon Lodge. Chair 12 opened Nov. 19 and Eagle opened at Thanksgiving. The current storm is expected to dump 1.5 - 3 feet and likely to open the rest of the mountain.

Southern California was also hit by the early November storms, but both started as rain before turning to snow at the end. Total snowfall ranged from 4 inches at Mt. High to 13 at Big Bear so those areas opened with snowmaking assistance Nov. 12. Open terrain has stalled in late November and the incoming storm is expected to be weak and mostly rain.

I consider the local areas worth visiting according to the following criteria (2023-23 summary):

Snow Summit: The Wall, Log Chute, Chair 10 and lower Westridge open. The beginner area plus one top-to-bottom run opened Nov. 12. MIracle Mile, Summit Run and upper Westridge were open Nov. 19. Ego Trip and chair 7 opened for Thanksgiving.

Bear Mt: Silver Mt. and/or Bear Peak open. One run from Goldmine Peak opened Nov. 12 with more of variations on the lower third of the hill over the next 2 weeks.

Snow Valley: Slide Peak open. 20% open at Thanksgiving.

Mountain High: East as well as West open. Chisholm and a couple of beginner runs opened Nov. 12. Borderline/Wyatt opened Nov. 19.

Mt. Baldy and Mt. Waterman: A natural snow base of at least 4 feet.

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