Mammoth Lakes, California—A massive April storm in Mammoth pushed the Californiaresort past the all-time snowfall record on Tuesday afternoon. As ofWednesday morning, Mammoth Mountain had recorded 632 inches, or 52 feet ofsnow since October. The previous record of 617 inches was set in the 1992/93season. The enormous 20-foot-deep snow pack prompted officials to extend theski season to the Fourth of July.

Mammoth Mountain, typically known for its sunny days, has had measurableamounts of snow fall 24 of the past 36 days. March was a near-record monthwith 189 inches of snow, followed by 73 inches of snow in the first few daysof April.

The Mountain Operations crew has done a tremendous amount of digging toallow Mammoth’s 28 chairlifts to run. Recent storms have buried everythingfrom chairlifts to equipment and signage. The snow pack is so deep that atMammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge, skiers and snowboarders have to walk downonto the third-story sundeck.

“Because there has been so little sun in the last month the snow pack is notsettling and snow piles are as high as we’ve ever seen them,” said CliffordMann, Director of Mountain Operations and long-time Mammoth resident. “Allof Mammoth’s snow-storage spaces are full and we have to move snow to newlocations.”

Mammoth will be open for skiing and riding on the entire mountain throughApril 30. From April 30 until at least July 4, Mammoth will offer skiing andriding from top to bottom out of Main Lodge. Season passes for the 2006/07season on sale now will be valid starting May 1, 2006. For more informationon snowfall totals, weather and lodging, visit MammothMountain.com.

By the Numbers:

• 73 inches of snow have fallen since April 1

• It snowed 20 out of 31 days in the month of March for a total of 189inches

• As of April 5, the season snowfall total at Mammoth was 632 inches or 52feet

• The previous record of 617 inches was set in the 1992/93 season

• This season has given snow enthusiasts at total of 58 powder days andcounting

• The current base depth is 20-22 feet and the resort will operate untilJuly 4

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort inCalifornia. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, JuneMountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, MammothMountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also operates Juniper SpringsProperties, the Village at Mammoth, and Sierra Star Golf Club in MammothLakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visitMammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.