Mammoth Mountain officially closes after second-longest season ever

This story originally appeared in TransWorld SNOWboarding. Words and photos by Javier Silva

Daniel Salazar closing it out. Photo: Javier Silva

Mammoth Mountain closed Sunday for their second longest season in resort history right behind ’94-’95, when the lifts stopped running on August 14th after opening early October.

Riding Mammoth on the last day usually the signifies the beginning of summer but this season was different, summer is almost over and the final laps just ended at the resort. In total Mammoth stayed open for about 270 days.

This season will most definitely go down in the history books, not necessarily for being the second longest, but for the endless powder days with a total snow accumulation of 618 inches.

This was Mammoth’s second-longest season to date. Photo: Javier Silva

In total there were two lifts open, Face Lift Express (Chair 3) and Chair 23. From Chair 3, Saddle Bowl was going off and 23 gave access to Cornice Bowl, or what was left of it.

And although you had to take the gondola up to mid station and walk to Chair 3, nobody can complain about the small price for the extended season.

Tyler Flanagan with the assist from Brian Cook. Photo: Javier Silva

The usual last day shenanigans occurred. There was lots of booze, spraying and plenty of skin. The park staff was kind enough to set up a couple of features for the park rats that made it out for closing day.

We couldn’t have asked for anything better, it was a perfect bluebird day and somehow the snow managed to hold itself together till the final run. After the lifts closed at noon, people made their way to the McCoy Station sundeck, the bar of choice. It’s bittersweet to close the books on this season, but Nov. 9 has already been announced for opening day of the ’17-’18 season, so we guess we’ll see you in a few months up at Mammoth.

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