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Postby ridgeline » Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:17 pm

There always seems to be plenty of parking.

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Postby hikerduane » Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:56 pm

I'm good to go on the SnoPark pass, got one in Dec. for the Lake Winnemucca trip. I haven't been in touch with Gak yet, I'm shooting to hit the parking lot around 9:00 or a tad earlier. When are the rest of folks who are going in on Sat. showing up? I can get there a little earlier.
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Postby wingding » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:56 pm

I have to be at the parking lot and ready to go at 8 am on Saturday if I want a snowmobile ride to the lodge for breakfast.

I see they give ski lessons at the lodge. The only skiing I've done is downhill and I haven't done that in 25 years, but I'd like to try some xcountry.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:02 am

I will be there with Trekker, around 9am. Planning to take the snowmobile up (I have to call tomorrow to make reservations). I'm still trying to figure out where to camp the first night. Looking for the highest elevation where I can park (to acclimatize), without driving all the way to the Sno-Park.

Plenty of parking every time I've been there. Last weekend the extra parking area was covered with new snow from the day before. A month ago cars were parked up there.

You can also get the Sno-Park Pass at Tom's Place at the store.

Does anyone carry FSR radios? Or will cell phones work up there?

I don't know how much snow Rock Creek got, but Mammoth Mtn got 36" in this last storm (29" of it was yesterday)
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Postby ridgeline » Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:12 am

Cell phones will not work up there, I will bring about 4 radios if anyone needs one, believe it or not there is a working phone booth by the resort, should be visible, and a phone booth by the Lodge. If anyone comes in real late and you dont want to drive up the road, after turning off 395 at Toms make a left on the frontage road, it is cleared about 100yards and you can park and sleep there with no hastle, I have parked for a day there before, no problem, pull off to the side. Im not sure about camping between there and the end of the road for this time of the year.
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Postby wingding » Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:23 pm

The guy I talked to at the lodge said there would be phone reception at Tom's Place, not after that. I'm going to grap a motel room in Bishop on Friday night and call the lodge from there on Saturday morning to make sure they can still come get me at the parking area.


I'm not sure if they come get people unless they're eating or staying at the lodge. They said they'd come get me because I want to eat breakfast up there, but I didn't ask if they'd pick me up if I didn't want breakfast. They said to be in the parking lot and completely ready to go at 8 am.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do after breakfast. I might look into taking a ski lesson if they offer them to beginners or I might just go set up camp at Mosquito Flats and explore LLV. I wonder how hard/dangerous a climb Mount Starr would be? I'll look for everyone at breakfast or at Mosquito Flats.
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Postby ridgeline » Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:59 pm

Wingding, you are right about the cell reception, nothing past Toms, the pay phones I mentioned are at the Lodge and one further south along the road. Anyone needing a lift by the lodge needs to make reservations in advance and then call prior to showing up.
Starr might be a fun day, either by way of Mono pass or the south ridge just prior to the Pass.
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Postby hikerduane » Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:00 pm

Snow Nymph, I thought you had a condo in Mammoth? It took awhile to think of this, but others are doing it, driving there Friday after work. I could be there by 7 or so, even if I work to 4. Is Toms Place open for breakfast?
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:37 pm

Didn't get to call today. :( Got busy

Yes, we have a condo in Mammoth at 8,100', but also live in Torrance. I would have to drive another 15-20 miles each way. I'll check the mileage. Might be worth going all the way. :-k Could get breakfast in Mammoth too. :yummy:

hikerduane, yes, Tom's Place is open for breakfast.

I'm outta here! Driving to Mammoth tonight to acclimatize, then doing a ski-a-thon Saturday! whoohoooo!

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Postby wingding » Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:23 pm

After all the planning I think I'm dropping out of this trip. We have lots of snow locally, so I'm just going to stay closer to home and enjoy the snow. Have fun everyone!
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Postby Randonnee » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:12 pm

Has anyone seen a weather forcast for the weekend?

I have been hearing through word of mouth that it could be a concern.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:25 pm

That's what I'm hearing too. :(
Mammoth is reporting 50" with no end in sight. :(

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Current Avalanche Advisory
Issued April 4, 2006

Good morning, this is Sue Burak with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center with an avalanche warning posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2006.


BOTTOM LINE:

The avalanche danger is EXTREME in the Mammoth Lakes area due to over four feet of dense new snow falling in the last 24 hours. The avalanche danger for the Rock Creek to Bishop Creek areas remains HIGH.

MOUNTAIN WEATHER

The winter storm warning for Inyo and Mono Counties will continue today and expire late tonight. Another 2 feet of new snow is expected in the Mammoth area, which has been the bulls eye for this storm. Areas to the north and south of Mammoth could see accumulations of 12 inches or more. Temperatures will continue to be hovering around 30 to 32F at the 8,000 ft level. Winds will continue to be light to moderate from the south and southwest at the 8,000 to 10,000 ft. levels. Winds at the top of Mammoth are in the usual range of 40 to 60 mph.


OUTLOOK

This morning, the National Weather Service stated that the "active weather pattern will keep going and going and going". Another weather system moves into the region on Friday. This will be a colder storm and will be followed by another system on Sunday.


SNOWPACK AND AVALANCHE DISCUSSION

Mammoth Mountain has been the focal point for an amazing amount of snow and water content accumulation in the last 24 hours- 44 inches of new snow and almost 5 inches of water has fallen since 7AM yesterday. Areas to the north and south of Mammoth have received less snow and water, but the amounts are still impressive for an early April storm. Mammoth Pass and the Bishop Pass snow sensor picked up around 3.7 inches of water. Rock Creek picked up 16 inches of 13% snow. Tioga Pass picked up 18 inches of new snow. Aspendell received 8 inches of 9% snow and it is currently snowing in the Bishop Creek drainage.


Winds have been light during this storm and the main avalanche danger is due to the rapid addition of water to the snowpack. June Mountain ski patrol reported 1 to 2 foot crowns and avalanches running close to the parking lot this morning. The dense new snow will settle quickly with mild temperatures and increasing density. Settlement is the decrease in snow depth due to sintering and rounding.


The avalanche danger today is EXTREME in the Mammoth area. For the Rock to Bishop Creek area, the avalanche danger remains HIGH.


The outlook for Wednesday is for decreasing avalanche danger as snowfall ends and we have a day or so before the next storm affects our area on Friday.
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