I have Channel 5 News set to pop up with the "latest news" on my computer. Today Mammoth Mountains popped up. The Mountains and Lakes are about a 4 hour drive North from here.
Every year they get snow, and usually plenty of snow, but this year they had a ton of snow. They announced today that the ski runs will stay open until August because they had a breaking record of snow for May. Good news for a lot of folks. Back in my 20's (1970"s) I learned to ski there. My BF was the one that taught me how to ski. He was supposed to take me on a beginner hill. He either mis-read the map, or the map was wrong. We ended up on a expert hill. Oh my...Looking at the hill going down. I was petrified, and I was usually a gutsy person. Part of me wanted to cry, the other side of me said "you can do this" I listened to that side. But we were slow going down hill lol. Anyway, getting the news about Mammoth brought back good memories. Here are the ski runs. I was at the upper portion.
The Mammoth Village has changed since I was there. I bet a lot has changed lol.
The statues are at the bast of the village.
After most of the snow melts the lakes are beautiful.
A bit of history for the Mammoth region.
Mountain range: Sierra Nevada
Mammoth Mountain is a lava dome complex west of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California, in the Inyo National Forest of Madera and Mono Counties. It is home to a large ski area on the Mono County side. Mammoth Mountain was formed in a series of eruptions that ended 57,000 years ago. However around 1989 Scientist feel the Volcano is active enough to slowly cause problems for the area. Gasses have formed, and some trees have died due to the gasses. They feel it is a moderate threat. I have my worries. They have had plenty of Earthquakes in that area, but the city officials down play it. I guess money is more important. Do they not remember Mt. Saint Helene?
In 1877, four prospectors hunting for the mine formed the Lakes Mining District on Mineral Hill near Lake Mary. Almost immediately, General George Dodge, a prominent San Francisco resident known for his Civil War experience and association with the Union Pacific Railroad, bought the group of claims and founded the Mammoth Mining Company. Nearly overnight, the nearby camp grew into a mining town. Dubbed “Mammoth City,” its population ranged between 1,500 and 3,000 hearty souls. By 1879 it hosted hotels, saloons and two newspapers.
The boom never quite materialized, however, and within a decade poor yields, crime, wildfires and severe winters combined to force closing of the mining operation. One publication reported in 1889 that “a half-dozen prospectors are all that now remain.”
During the following twenty-five years or so, the memory of this serene yet dramatic, rugged yet beautiful area must have survived in people’s minds, and word of its spectacular attributes must have spread. As the automobile became popular, travelers crossed the desert, braved the 2½ day trip from Los Angeles and challenged the steep grades to enjoy the wonderful fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and mountaineering that the area offered. Mammoth City, re-born as Mammoth Camp, soon offered a hotel, general store, bakery, garage and even its own post office. Slowly, cabins replaced tents along Mammoth Creek and in the meadows. Still, Mammoth remained the domain and playground of die-hard high country pilgrims – especially in winter when mail and supplies were delivered by dogsled.