After an off-season that has felt longer than any other, opening day is finally here!
There’s no one who wants to get on the snow more than the ASO Mammoth team, but this year’s opening day will be unlike any other thanks to COVID-19. To help you know what to expect whether you’re visiting on opening day or soon after, the ASO team has put together a quick guide to what to expect on opening day.
Read our guide before your first descent of the season and stop by ASO Mammoth on your way home to let us know how it was!
Mammoth Mountain’s Current COVID-19 Safety Precautions
Mammoth Mountain has taken many COVID-19 precautions that you’re probably used to by now. Masks are required inside all buildings and while on the mountain and there are Plexiglas barriers set up in transaction areas to protect employees and guests. Although you may be used to wearing a mask at this point, Mammoth does have some specific guidelines you need to know about ahead of your visit. According to Mammoth Mountain’s website, “Perforated, ventilated, and thin, single-layer neck gaiter style face coverings will not be allowed. Guests are asked to use additional or alternative masks before entering facilities, queues, or other areas where masks are required.” Plan accordingly so you can get on the snow as quickly as possible.
The most significant change is that there will be no tickets sold via the walk-up window. All Mammoth Mountain lift tickets must be bought in advance on Mammoth Mountain’s website, the Mammoth Mountain app, or from 800-MAMMOTH (800-6266684). In terms of a reservation system or reduced capacity Mammoth Mountain is planning on adjusting their ticket availability based on demand to ensure proper distancing on and around the mountain. Ikon pass holders are currently not required to make a reservation ahead of their visit to Mammoth Mountain.
For more information about Mammoth Mountain’s current COVID-19 procedures, check out their COVID-19 page here.
What Lifts and Trails are Open
For opening day, Broadway Express, Discover Express, Face Lift Express, the Gondola up to McCoy Station, Stump Alley Express, and Unbound Express are all open and running. In terms of open trails, there is a good mix of nine green, blue, and advanced runs open on the mountain. Plus, Main Park is also open for anyone who wants to start their season off with a day in the park.
As conditions change, so will the status of the runs and lifts. Check Mammoth Mountain’s lift and trail status here before your visit for the most up to date information.
The Current Conditions and Weather
The base at Main Lodge is currently 12” deep with a 24” base at McCoy Station. The weather for opening weekend is looking great with a high of 31° on Friday the 13th, 38° on the 14th, and 42° on Sunday the 15th.
When it’s this early in the season there is always a chance that weather will change the mountain’s status and conditions. No matter if you’re visiting on opening day or soon after, check Mammoth Mountain’s website for updates and information. If you’re looking to try out a new set of skis or snowboard before the first heavy snow falls, stop by ASO Mammoth for the rentals in Mammoth Lakes!