With one lift open and a manmade base of twelve to sixteen inches, Mammoth Mountain opened today and Mother Nature showed up to make it feel official. Around midnight last night the rain started to fall, which quickly turned to snow and dropped a healthy eight inches for today’s crowd. The first storm of the year couldn’t have had more perfect timing for the resort’s opening, turning a once dry parking lot and green base area into a winter wonderland. One happy skier remarked, “Mammoth must’ve hired a Swami to predict opening day this year.

The storm dropped onto the mountain, and as of yet hasn’t let up. Weather reports are calling for more snow through the weekend, and everyone in attendance seems stoked. As one Mammoth employee remarked as she was sneaking in a few runs on her break: “I’m so happy to be riding—I just wish it would clear for ten minutes so I could see a little.

Although there were a few breaks in the storm, overwhelmingly the snow just kept falling. But, the wind and snow didn’t stop anyone from hitting the three sets of rails the resort had set up on the Broadway run. Kids and even a few pros were spotted bombing through the early-season setup that included a funbox, a couple step-down rails, and a bunch of flat rails.

It’s worth the trek up, and festivities are planned throughout the weekend. Mission Six is premiering Grenade’s video Full Metal Edges is tonight in the Canyon Lodge, and Mammoth’s Opening Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 9. Look out for Dragon’s Three Ring Circus amateur jib contest along with Mammoth’s own find the Wolly contest, live music, a champagne toast, and more.