C'MON, COLD STUFF: Just when you think winter might finally be creeping our way -- the calendar says November, which typically signals chillier temps in the Northern Hemisphere, and a few trees here and there are starting to turn -- we get another heat snap. (Wait, if there are cold snaps, there are heat snaps too, right?) A 90-degree day can make one think that the season of snow sports may never be back. But, look at that; along about the very week that the thermometer pushes 90 in Southern California, a mountain to the north is prepping for opening day. That mountain is Mammoth, and that opening day is Thursday, Nov. 8. And, in truth Mammoth fashion, the first weekend'll be jam-packed full of winter's-here-well-almost revelry.
ALL THE HAPS: The first lift heads for the mountain at 8:30 that morning -- bet there'll be a bustling queue -- and then things kick into high gear. An opening Champagne toast, movie premieres, DJs, concerts, and an art show are just some of the to-dos on the schedule. Yep, Mammoth, in its season, keeps it rolling on the be-entertained-off-the-slopes front.
BADGER PASS TO BEAR MOUNTAIN: Other resorts are keeping a watchful eye on the snow report. Bear Mountain posted an expectation of the white stuff this weekend while Badger Pass at Yosemite will throw open the proverbial gates on Dec. 14. Further north, Squaw Valley has an opening day set for Wednesday, Nov. 21. And Heavenly's opening day? Just a few days earlier, on Nov. 16.