2023-24 California Detail

Updated February 24, 2023

Mammoth opened Broadway and Saddle Bowl on snowmaking. Most of November's 15 inches fell Nov. 18-19, allowing Face of 3, Gremlin's, St. Anton and the race courses to open Nov. 19. Mambo opened a route to chair 2 Nov. 23, but by Nov. 25 the Face of 3 and the race runs closed. Stump Alley and Cornice opened to 13% by Dec. 1; 15% open Dec. 9 with addition of chair 4 despite only 3 inches early December snow. By December 16 single runs opened on chairs 17, 8 and 15. Dec. 19-20 it snowed about 8 inches at Main Lodge and up to 2 feet up top but mostly rained at Canyon/Eagle. Most of the Chair 23 runs opened Dec. 22, but chairs 5, 9 and 22 still need more snow. Base depths of 1.5-3 feet were marginal for the holiday week at 56% open. New Year's was 63% open by trail count but likely no more than half by acreage. 2 feet of snow during the first week of January raised the base to 3-4 feet and 70% open. After another 2 feet during the second week of January Mammoth reached 90% open though some of the steeps need more coverage. 19 inches during the second half of January maintained the status quo. Mammoth got 31 inches Feb. 1-3, 47 inches Feb. 4-6, 10 inches Feb. 7-10, 11 inches Feb. 14 and 2 feet Feb. 19-21.

Southern California had all rain November 15 and 18. The Big Bear areas opened Nov. 26 and Mt. High West Nov. 30. Progress over the next month was due to night time snowmaking as there was no natural snow. It rained for at least two days Dec. 20-22 with just a couple inches snow at the end. Terrain expansions through New Year's were modest. Cold weather after 4-6 inches of snow in early January expanded open terrain on snowmaking. It snowed 5-6 inches Jan. 20-22 but half of that storm was rain so no change in open terrain. The Feb. 2-3 storm was 10-17 inches and brought the Big Bear areas and Mt. High West over 90% open. The larger storm Feb. 4-6 started as rain but then dumped 33-54 inches. Another 1-2 feet fell overnight Feb. 7. It rained Feb. 18-19 before turning to snow Feb. 20, when snowfall ranged from 8 inches at Mt. High to 21 at the colder Big Bear areas.

I consider the local areas worth visiting according to the following criteria (2023-24 summary):

Snow Summit: The Wall, Log Chute, Chair 10 and lower Westridge open. Summit Run, Miracle Mile and the beginner area opened in late November. Upper Westridge opened Dec. 12. Chair 7 opened Dec. 22. 33% open Dec. 31. Chair 9 opened Jan. 3, Log Chute Jan. 5, Ego Trip Jan. 7, lower Westridge Jan. 8 and Chair 10 Jan. 9. 61% open Jan. 9. Wall opened Jan. 13, 72% open Jan. 16. 90% open Feb. 3, 100% Feb. 7.

Bear Mt: Silver Mt. and/or Bear Peak open. Upper Park Run and a few lower variations opened in late November. More lower park features opened by mid-December. 38% open Dec. 31. Silver Mt. open Jan. 5. 55% open Jan. 9. Geronimo opened Jan. 13, 66% open Jan. 16. 90% open Feb. 3, 100% Feb. 7.

Snow Valley: Slide Peak open. Limited opening Dec. 9. 16% open Dec. 31, 20% open Jan. 7. 100% including Slide Peak Feb. 10.

Mountain High: East as well as West open. Chisholm, Borderline/Wyatt and a beginner run opened Nov. 30. West 29% open Dec. 16. Conquest opened Jan. 7, 42% Jan. 16, 90% Feb. 3. East and West 100% Feb. 9 but East is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Mt. Baldy and Mt. Waterman: A natural snow base of at least 4 feet. Chair 1 opened to skiing Feb. 7 and Thunder Feb. 9. Chair 4 was delayed by mechanical issues until Feb. 14. Waterman's road is closed with no estimate when it might open.

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