Mammoth opened almost a week earlier than expected for the 2015-16 season when the lifts roared to life on Thursday, November 5th. An early storm and cold temps for snowmaking made for plenty of base to set eager boarders loose on the wide open trails of this California resort. Opening Day attendees were met with the best gift Mother Nature could provide: deep turns and face shots. And lucky for everyone, the thermometer and storm systems are looking good for next week, too! Get a glimpse of the solid early season snow at Mammoth as Jimmy Goodman and Frank Knab score some El Nino powder on day two of the season at Mammoth Mountain. Follow @mammothmountain and #MammothsOpen on Instagram for more and stay tuned for SNOWBOARDER’s exclusive coverage of the opening week festivities!

First chair of the season with buds. (l to r) Possum Torr, Billy Anderson, Scott Blum, and Stefi Luxton. photo: Kevin Westenbarger

First chair of the season with buds. (l to r) Possum Torr, Billy Anderson, Scott Blum, and Stefi Luxton. photo: Peter Morning