Spring is a great time for skiing at Mammoth Mountain. If you have plans to immerse yourself in the fresh powder that can still be found here throughout the spring—and even into early parts of the summer on some occasions—we’ve got tips for you. Read on for some spring skiing recommendations for Mammoth, offered by the snow sports experts from ASO Mammoth, a premier provider of snowboard and ski rental in Mammoth.
Expect Smaller Snow Depths
Natural snowfall gradually dwindles throughout the spring in Mammoth. However, spring temperatures are usually still within the optimal range for artificial snowmaking. While this means you can still ski to your heart’s content, know that snow depths in the Mammoth area aren’t as great in the spring.
Work on Your Soft-Snow Skiing
Because the snow won’t be as deep, spring is a perfect time to brush up on your soft-snow skiing techniques when coming to Mammoth. If you need some professional tips on how to do this safely and effectively, consider taking on-site ski lessons during your visit.
If you want the best conditions when skiing in the springtime in Mammoth, we recommend starting earlier in the day. The Mammoth team is really good about preparing the terrain so you’ll get fresh, firmer powder earlier in the day before popular ski areas get crowded.
Avoid or Follow the Sun (Depending on Your Preferences)
Minimize issues with softer spring snow by avoiding the sun. This means you start your skiing day in areas with less direct sun exposure and gradually shift to other areas of the mountain as the sun moves throughout the day. However, if you prefer softer snow, do the opposite. In other words, you would start skiing in areas where there’s more direct sunlight and essentially chase the sun throughout the day.
Don’t Forget the Sun Protection
In the spring, the sun is higher in the sky, and the days are longer. This means you’ll be skiing with more sun exposure, which is why it’s important to remember proper sun-related protection. The general recommendation with sunscreen is an SPF between 40 and 50. Also, wear goggles that offer sufficient glare protection.
Make an Effort to Stay Hydrated
You should do this whenever you’re active outdoors. However, it’s even more important to stay hydrated as you ski in Mammoth in the spring. Temperatures rise during the day when the sun is higher, and the higher elevations here often bring dry breezes that further contribute to dehydration. Mammoth has several spots where free water is available to help you stay hydrated, including the Main Lodge and gondola stations.
Be Prepared for Sudden Temperature Changes as You Ski
Lastly, be aware spring brings more varied temperatures throughout the Mammoth area. For this reason, it’s best to bring a few extra clothing items with you and dress in layers as you ski during this time of the year. Doing so makes it easier to adapt to any sudden changes in temperature, especially if you’ll be skiing during most of your time here.
Mammoth is a fantastic place to visit any time of year, including spring. Whether you need last-minute snowboarding gear, top-notch ski repair, or high-quality Mammoth ski rental, ASO Mammoth is your one-stop shop for everything you need to have a great time on the mountain during every season. Stop by on your way to the mountain or give us a call at 760-965-3444.