Good News and Bad News

posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:25 PM by Paul Wagner
First of all, the really good news is that the Sierra got a massive amount of snow this year, and that will make a dent in California's chronic water shortage.  That is great news. 

And taking advantage of all that snow, Mammoth Mountain has announced that they are going to keep operating their ski operation well into the month of August.  There is still ten feet of snow at the bottom of their runs, and more than twenty feet at the top of the mountain.

Here's link to that story:

But it's not all good news.  Yosemite has announced that the High Sierra Camps will not open this year, because there is just too damn much snow.  Well, they didn't exactly say that.  What they said was this:

As you may have heard, Yosemite National Park is seeing a record amount of snowpack in the high country, which includes the High Sierra Camps. The National Park Service has noted that this year’s snowpack is bigger than the previous four years combined.

We are sending you this email to inform you that unfortunately the High Sierra Camps will not open this year due to the record snowpack, lack of access to water for bathrooms and kitchens and other infrastructure challenges. As a result, we will need to cancel your meals-only reservation for the High Sierra Camps. Please note that your wilderness permit issued by the National Park Service is not affected.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope you are able to dine with us next year at the High Sierra Camps. The health and safety of Yosemite National Park visitors is the park’s top priority.

You will automatically receive a cancellation email and a refund for your payment. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at If you need to speak to a reservations specialist, please call 888.413.8869 and select option 4.

Please note that your wilderness permit issued by the National Park Service is not affected, which means you can still enjoy your overnight backpacking trip in the Yosemite Wilderness.


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