Mammoth is known for receiving several feet of snow at a time with every passing storm, but in the winter of 2011-2012, not a single snowflake fell during a period of two months, beginning on 20 November. During this time, the resort's conditions slowly deteriorated and most of the runs eventually closed. Fortunately, the resort was equipped with snow cannons, which were able to make just enough manmade snow to sustain the minimal amount of slopes needed to keep the resort open. Then, to the relief of everyone, a four-day storm beginning on 20 January dumped 142cm snow (56 inches) all at once! I was in Mammoth a week before and a week after the storm and what a difference!! Take a look at the attached photos to see the before and after shots.
There's something about being inside a warm, cozy cabin or condo while it's freezing outside that adds a whole different dimension to spending wintery days by a ski resort. Maybe it's the hot toddies or the steaming jacuzzis...maybe it's the fact that you're miles away from everyone else except for some close friends....whatever it is, everyone seems to bond that much more in Mammoth....