SUMMERTIME SKI TIME: While many peak-pretty resorts push on into Memorial Day Weekend, in terms of keeping the slopes open, there are some decisions to make when June is fast on approach. Is it time to wrap the whole shebang up for another season? Should the poles be stowed and the knit caps put away and should skiers and snowboarders enjoy their final run? Several factors are weighed, and then the party parties on, or, conversely, the light switch is flipped. Mammoth Mountain, which did stay open through Memorial Day, has determined that there shall be no switch-flipping on the 2015-2016 season: It will schuss on right to Fourth of July.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: This isn't the first Fourth that the Sierra destination has celebrated via snow -- let's pause to say summer activities like hiking and biking are big on the mountain, too -- but it has been rather touch-and-go the last few years, precipitation-wise, to see how deep into spring or summer the final date could go. That's Monday, July 4, 2016, a late date thanks to the 361" of snowfall at Mammoth Mountain. How's the summit doing in early June? It has a base of 130", which is nothing to shake a pole at (not that you'd even consider it). As for hours? The mountain is moving to a mostly morning schedule on Monday, June 6, with opening times from 7:30 a.m. to a pinch after lunch -- 1 o'clock -- each day.