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Following a record snow year, many ski resorts have indulged in an endless winter of slushy pow, high stoke, and a strong après game deep into the dog days of summer.
But all good things must come to an end. Mammoth Mountain has officially announced an August 6 closing date for the 2016/17 season. For the next 12 days, skiers can relish the resort's 3-for-1 deal: ski, bike, and golf for just $99.
Mammoth's snowfall, totaling 618 inches at its main lodge, hails second to their snowiest winter season. In 2010/11, the resort received 668 inches. Similarly, this season is the second-longest recorded winter in Mammoth's history, with a 270-day season, from November 10, 2016 to August 6, 2017. In 1994/95, the California resort opened October 8, 1994 and closed August 14, 1995, the longest recorded winter in their history.
"It was truly amazing to see the amount of snow that fell in such a short period of time in January and February, and I think anyone who came and visited had an unbelievable experience this year," says Lauren Burke, Mammoth Mountain public relations and social media manager.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort, another California ski area open for a portion of the summer, closed their lifts to diehards on July 15. With shrinking snow patches and sun cups covering Squaw's peaks, skiers turned to Mammoth Mountain for their winter fix. Those skiers will finally have to embrace summer, at least until Mammoth plans to reopen for skiing on November 9 for the 17/18 winter season.