Mammoth Mountain OPENING in OCTOBER?! New Opening Day – 10/29

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Mammoth Mountain’s Updated 2021 Opening Weekend!

We love fall just as much as anyone here at Mammoth Bound, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t thrilled that winter has come early to Mammoth Lakes!  Can you believe it? Mammoth has already seen 20″+ of fresh snow not including the snow they’ve been pumping out onto the mountain. 

In fact, winter has come on so strong that Mammoth Mountain’s opening day for the 2021/22 season has moved from mid-November to October 29th! Before we head to the mountain ourselves, we wanted the share a quick report on what’s open at Mammoth Mountain right now so you can decide when your first turns of the season will be!

Check out our updated 2021 opening day guide below, and then use Mammoth Bound to book your lodging and rentals near Mammoth Mountain!

Mammoth Mountain Opening Day Snow Conditions

Mammoth Mountain Currently has a Base of 12” at Main Lodge and 36” at the summit, which is why opening day has been moved up! Typically there’s no point in talking about how much snow is at the summit on opening day because there’s no snow to ride there, but this year is different!

Mammoth Mountain Chairs Running for Opening Day

As of now, the following chairs will be running on opening day:

  • Discovery Chair
  • Broadway Express
  • The Panorama Gondola
  • Stump Alley Express
  • Facelift Express

Please note that just because a chair is open doesn’t mean that all the trails near it are too. For example, anyone who parks at The Mill and gets on Stump Alley Express will not be able to ride back down to the bottom of the lift or their car due to snow conditions.

Instead, they will need to ride down to Main Lodge where they can take a parking shuttle back to their car. As more snow falls more trails will open, allowing skiers and snowboarders to ride down to the parking lot at The Mill. Until then though, plan on taking the parking shuttle if you park there!

Mammoth Mountain’s Summit is Open!

Like we said, opening day 2021/22 will be unique since attendees will be able to ride the Panorama Gondola all the way to Mammoth Mountain’s summit and ski or snowboard back down!

The summit being open doesn’t mean that all the trails leading away from it are though. As of now, the only trails open at the summit are Cornice Bowl and Road Runner.  These trails staying open also depends on weather and conditions, but for now Mammoth Mountain’s summit is open!

If fast and steep turns aren’t your thing, then Mammoth is also setting up a small terrain park near the bottom of Main Park.

Be Aware of Thin Coverage and Obstacles

No one wants to tear down the mountain and into winter more than the Mammoth Bound team, but we know that early season coverage means possible obstacles on the trail.

Mammoth Mountain’s team does an excellent job of marking all known obstacles and areas where the snow is thin, but riders still need to keep an eye out to make sure they don’t start the season out with an accident.

Avoid areas with low coverage and stay on the groomed trails to avoid obstacles!

Rock Out in a Costume This Opening Day

Mammoth Mountain is taking opening day shredding to a new level this year by encouraging guests to wear rock and roll, metal, and hair band costumes.

We love seeing costumes on opening day anyways, but since this year’s first day on the snow will come only a few days before Halloween we can’t wait to see what people come up with! Find your costume and then book your lift tickets and lodging through Mammoth Bound!



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