It's sunny out, people who work at the mountain are in a good mood and telling jokes, and there's effortless gliding through soft corn snow
Wintertime operations include a full-service heli-skiing operation, while summer brings the popular "Kings and Corn" event that combines summer heli-skiing on corn snow
and heli-fishing for king salmon.
Blue skies, mild temperatures and easily carved corn snow
all make spring a great time to be on the slopes.
-CORN: Usually found in the spring, Corn Snow
is characterized by large, loose granules during the day, which freeze together at night, then warm up again and loosen during the day.
In springtime Mother Nature's grooming machine, the freeze-thaw cycle, coupled with the Sierra's moist snow, produces corn snow
that's as smooth as any blue run at Mammoth Mountain.
Sugar Bowl - Tue 11:15a w corn snow
machine groomed 30 - 82 base 24 trails, 29% open, 4 lifts
After a really warm week, colder weather is supposed to be coming back, which should produce the classic cold-night, warm-day cycle that spits out the corn snow
that spring skiers and riders covet.
the spring - people coming for those corn snow
Mention spring skiing and the images that come to mind are icy mornings, slushy afternoons, corn snow
, bottoms of skis shredded by rocky thin spots, T-shirts and gobs of sunscreen.
Sugar Bowl - Mon 5:15a w corn snow
30 - 82 base 78 trails, 93% open, 7 lifts
Devils Elbow - Wed 6:00a w corn snow
12 - 20 base 8 trails, 73% open, 2 lifts
Mount Snow - Tue 6:40a corn snow
machine groomed 24 - 42 base 83 trails, 30 miles, 461 acres, 80% open, 7 lifts