Neither a low snow year nor a three-year drought is going to hold back Mammoth Mountain from being mammoth this spring.
Blessed by very late snowfalls in March and with more snow in the forecast for April, the ski hill announced last week that it would commit to stay open at least through the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.
In response to reduced visitation and revenues to fund the local transit service, the trolley in Mammoth will operate a reduced schedule (35-minute frequency from 5:40 p.m. â 10 p.m.) Sunday through Thursday beginning April 6. The trolley will continue to operate 20-minute frequency from 5:40 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through Saturday, April 19. Beginning April 20, the Trolley will operate a 35-minute frequency from 5:40 p.m. until 10 p.m., seven nights per week.
The U.S. Forest Service is postponing a series of public meetings scheduled for forest plan revisions on the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. These meetings were originally scheduled for April 7, 8 and 10.
The meeting for the Inyo National Forest was scheduled for April 10.
The Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, which was previously scheduled to be published in early April, will be postponed as well. The Notice of Intent marks the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act process.
The popular talks at the Green Church sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) begin soon. They are free, they are always fascinating â extreme weather and drought, the Rim Fire, the Yosemite snowpack â and besides, a lot of your friends will come out of the end-of-winter-woodwork too.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings
Where: at the Green Church (Hwy. 395 and Benton Crossing Rd.).
What: Admission is free and the public is invited. Not suited for young children. Lectures last approximately one hour.
Here's the schedule:
Drunk in public
A 23-year-old Mammoth man who refused to leave The Underground bar because he was involved in a fight with other patrons later was suspected of throwing rocks toward police officers and was arrested on March 22. He was charged with being drunk in public and for throwing the rocks.
Two winter storms capable of dropping at least one and a half feet of snow are forecast to hit the Eastern Sierra in the next few days, with the first one coming in Saturday afternoon and lasting into Sunday and the second one coming in Monday and lasting into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The first storm is considered by the NWS to be the most reliable in terms of snow levels and amountsâabout one and half feet of snow above 9,000 feetâwith the second storm forecast to come in with slightly less snow at this time.
Tickets for the 2014 Buesaplalooza and Festival of Beers went on sale this past week, offering a couple of headline acts that are sure to draw music fans to Sam’s Woodsite on July 31-Aug. 3.
Buddy Guy, who has been among the top Chicago blues guitarists for decades, will close the show on Sunday, April 3; Hiatt, a longtime Nashville-based blues/rock musician, will headline the Friday night show.
A large golden eagle was brought into the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care facility nestled at the base of the Sierra foothills a few weeks ago, unable to walk and riddled with parasites.
It’s early morning, but the center’s director, Cindy Kamler, has been up for hours, hoping against the grim outcome for this bird that her vast experience tells her is likely, given the eagle’s injuries.
The Village Championships season, such as it was, ended well this past week, on fast snow in warm temperatures.
The snow conditions and air temperatures this season formed the overall theme of the 2014 VCs, which is among the oldest and most iconic of Mammoth Mountain’s racing schedule.
Course setters on Fascination and Andie’s Double Gold frequently adjusted gate alignments and course configurations to deal with a low-snow season.
Nevertheless, the races went on, and on Tuesday, March 25, it was all about the finish.
Another storm will take aim at the Eastern Sierra this coming weekend and another early next week, putting an end to unseasonably warm and dry March and dumping as much as âa few feetâ of snow on the Sierra crest by the time April rolls in next Tuesday.
Although the most recent storm Wednesday and Thursday came in a bit lighter than forecast, the next storm coming in on Saturday is forecast to be stronger than earlier forecasts had indicated and the last storm, on Monday, even larger, according to Howard Sheckter, Mammothâs amateur weather forecaster.
Mammoth Mountain is for snow lovers of every kind. But there are some who might love it more than others, such as this week’s slough of graduate students at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) near Convict Lake.
“Everyone thinks we get to go skiing all week,” said student Julia Morton. “But we have to learn technical things like fracture mechanics.”
There has been a lot of recent sports activity in the Eastern Sierra involving local law enforcement officers, but nowhere did their badges shine the brightest than at the Fire and Police Winter Olympics earlier this month on Mammoth Mountain, and on the asphalt in the desert.
The Olympics, which Mammoth hosted for the 29th straight season, put hardware into the hands of seven officers, even though Mike Braun, who organized the Games, skied for his former department, the LAPD, and took home one gold and two silvers.
This year, the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation is going all Gatsby.
Although most Mammothites might not notice it, the air quality over much of Long Valley for the past week has been less than crystal-clear, with a white haze obscuring the details of the White Mountains for many hours of many days.