Did you know that Mammoth Lakes receives an average of 17 feet of snow each winter?
- The Town has a fleet of 6 loader-mounted snowblowers, 7 loaders, and 3 plow trucks with cinder beds to clear streets and 4 sidewalk snowblowers to clear sidewalks and multi-use paths (MUPs).
- It takes about 12 hours to clear one full pass of the Town’s 104 lane miles of public roads.
- Approximately 22 Public Works and Parks and Recreation staff work in 12-hour shifts 24/7 during snow events.
- The Town clears all roads within the Town limits with the exception of Main Street/SR203 which is cleared by Caltrans and the Bluffs and Juniper Ridge neighborhoods which are cleared by contractors.
- Plow trucks are used in the early morning hours to clear the Town arterials and collectors and to cinder icy areas and steeper slopes. Town loaders and snowblowers are used for every storm.
- The Town heavily subsidizes a snow storage lot on USFS land that is used to store snow that gets hauled from public and private parking areas throughout town.
What do chain control requirements mean?
(R-1): Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.
(R2): Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels.
NOTE: (Four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.)
(R3): Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.