Piles of snow lined the perimeter of the Footloose Sports parking lot. Days-old snow rested on the bows of lodgepole and jeffery pine trees. Peering up at Cornice Bowl and the rock-hewn face of Whipeout and Dropout Chutes underneath Chair 23, the coverage looked good.
And it skied better. Finally, after the second significant storm of the sorry 2013-14 Sierra season, Mammoth was skiing like we normally know it. Locals called it the best week of the season, conditions resembling mid-winter. The trees and mini-golf lines off the backside around Chair 14 held cold snow. The trees of the Avy Chutes off Chair 22 protected the fresh snow from the standard Sierra wind. It felt like winter, except it was the first week of April, with the Final Four, Masters, and Easter on the horizon.
With more storms expected throughout the month, backcountry lines thought to be out of shape for this spring could be in this month and May. Hopefully more storms will yield more spring face shots like the above edit.