I toured up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin today hoping to find some decent tree skiing and enjoy some seldom seen winter weather.
From the trailhead the snow is very thin. The Tamarack folks have been moving snow and grooming, but it's barely hanging in there. Lots of ice too.
Along the northeast side of Lake Mary the road is bare for a hundred yards or so.
But between Lake Mary Store and the top of Coldwater the snowpack increases significantly with surprisingly good coverage in the trees.
Above Sky Meadow the trees were rimed and the cloud deck was low. Great winter scenery we haven't seen enough of this year.
The thin crusts at and below treeline have faceted out pretty well but the thicker crusts in the open terrain persist. Skiing the glades in the forest was real good on the sugar snow!
Hopefully we'll get a little more winter here soon!