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Mammoth Mountain prepares for 20 feet of snow

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MAMMOTH, CA - JANUARY 10: Nicholas Sibayan competes during the finals of the slopestyle portion of the 2010 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix on January 10, 2010 at Mammoth Mountain ski resort in Mammoth Lakes, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nicholas Sibayan Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Mammoth Mountain was hit with a big storm this week. With the snowfall up to 8 feet and more on the way, the snow could get up to 20 feet over the next few days. 

Weather like this can be a boon to California's ski resorts. Skiers and snowboarders begin to fill the ski lifts, eager to hit the slopes. But so much fresh powder in so little time can bring its challenges.

Take Two's A Martinez spoke with Mammoth Mountain spokesperson Lauren Burke about how the resort is preparing for even more snow. 

Interview highlights

Snow storm brings a winter wonderland 

We just came out of what of the first of what looks like three or four major storm systems that are in the forecast for Mammoth. The past two days, it has been absolutely dumping up here. The snow hadn't stopped for a solid 48 hours.... It was a good, old fashioned Mammoth storm. And then, we woke up today to blue bird sunshine, from three to seven-and-a-half feet of snow, so everybody's out there right now getting their fresh tracks before the next storm rolls in. 

Bracing for more storms and more snow

This is what our operations team does. A couple low snow years really hasn't changed how we operate our mountain. We are a true 24 hour operation here. Our CAT crew is out from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. every single night.... They're making sure that the runs are skiable from the beginner runs to the top of the mountain. Our ski patrol team is on hand. Our lift maintenance team is making sure that the lift lines are clear and that the cables are clear. And then, there's a whole lot of shoveling that happens. 

Getting in and out of the resort

There are chain controls right now for the roads and those are going to continue to be in place with the snowfall that's been predicted for the next couple days. So, make sure that you have chains at all times. Four-wheel drive and snow tires help substantially. And if you're here, use public transportation. It also makes a huge difference— keeping cars off the roads. If you don't have to be on the roads, don't be on the roads. Conditions next week are likely going to be fantastic. 

Quotes edited for clarity.

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