Mammoth Mountain, CA – Mammoth Mountain has been busy making the final preparations for the 2002-03 season. Snowmaking crews have blanketed Broadway and surrounding trails with a foundation of snow to ensure great early season conditions. A base depth of 12-18 inches is expected to be in place by Opening Day Thursday, November 7th, 2002 delighting anxious skiers and snowboarders.

“Once again we have assembled an excellent snowmaking crew to get us up and running this year,” says Pam Murphy, Senior Vice President of Mammoth Mountain. “Year after year Mammoth is able to open early and offer consistently great conditions thanks to the efforts of our unmatched snowmaking and grooming crews.”

To kick off the 2002-2003 season, Mammoth Mountain will be hosting an Opening Day Celebration on Saturday, November 9th. Skiers and boarders attending the celebration will enjoy a champagne toast led by CEO of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Rusty Gregory, Find the Woolly contest, free ski/ride tips from the Mammoth Sports School instructors and live music from Tungsten City Band on the Main Lodge sundeck. The official mascot of Mammoth Mountain, Woolly, will also be making an appearance on the slopes, anxious to get in his first turns of the 2002-2003 season.

Mammoth’s historical early opening dates, reliable ski conditions and the largest variety of terrain available in California make it easy to plan the perfect ski or snowboard getaway. Great early season lodging deals include Stay and Ride Free packages from as little as $70 per day. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, reservations, or for current snow conditions, call 800.MAMMOTH or visit the web site at www.MammothMountain.com.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also operates Juniper Springs Lodge, Sunstone and Eagle Run and Sierra Star Golf Club in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit www.MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.

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