Life In The Snow Globe: Atmospheric Rivers Blast Eastern Sierra

Life In The Snow Globe: Atmospheric Rivers Blast Eastern Sierra

Ridge Merino's HQ is in the epicenter of where wild weather patterns converge to create the winter wonderland we call home. 

Currently we're in the middle of an atmospheric river, a weather event that's been dumping multiple feet of snow per day over the past several weeks. This season so far, we've seen more than 420 inches at the summit of Mammoth Mountain, more snow than we received in total last year. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), atmospheric rivers are like "rivers in the sky." These long, concentrated regions in the atmosphere transport moist air from the tropics to higher latitudes. The moist air, combined with high wind speeds, produce heavy rain and snow upon landfall, especially over mountainous terrain.

Mammoth gets hit hard due to its proximity to the ocean, altitude and the surrounding topography. Generally in the Sierra, Pacific storms hit the western slopes and rise into thinner atmosphere against the ridges, resulting in our notorious mega storms. This means days and days of snowfall, usually followed by gorgeous bluebird powder days.

Here's a glimpse of what life's like in the snow globe (aka Mammoth Lakes, CA).

Ridge HQ: transitioning into igloo mode. 

Januburied: disappearing cars and structures are typical sights around town. 

Can you spot the car in the photo?!

Days like these are what we live for! (But cozying up in front of the fire in our Natural or Hyde Joggers with a warm cup of tea sounds nice too.) 

Sunny and snowy: bluebird powder days are common here. Mammoth averages 275 days of sunshine per year.
Shoveling snow may be tough at times, but those little breaks between storms remind us why we live here. 😍

Photos: Tiare Kirkland @outhikingwithtiare


  • Carrie j McInerney on

    Thank you SnOw MUCH
    For sharing this mega intel!
    I wore Ridge Merino gear
    when I hiked the JMT in 2021!!!
    and I really appreciate this “Janubury”
    Update and the deeper understanding
    and insight you just gave me !
    xoxo CjM

  • Linda West on

    Awesomeness! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heidi Taylor on

    Amazing Mammoth! Wish we had more snow here in Colorado!

  • Michael Schlesinger on

    Just returned from mammoth. Sorry I couldn’t stop in. Your company and employees are the best. My favorite merino brand!

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