**Friday afternoon update: Mammoth has surpassed its record; as of 2 p.m. the resort had recieved a season-total of 589 inches, with more falling and on the way.
With snow falling again Wednesday at Mammoth Mountain, and more expected over the next few days, the question is no longer whether the Eastern Sierra resort will realize a record snowfall level for a single season, but when that will occur.
As of Wednesday morning Mammoth had received 540 inches of the white stuff for the 2010-11 season, with 112 inches having fallen so far in March. Up to a foot was expected by day's end. That'd bring the total to 552 inches.
Since Mammoth began keeping records in 1969-70, the top season was 2005-06, when 578 inches (or 48 feet) fell on the resort's slopes. Mammoth didn't reach that number until May, after receiving 118 inches in April.
A new record could be set before the end of March, possibly before or during this weekend. Snow is in the forecast through Saturday, and again Tuesday. If the record isn't set by then, another storm is expected Friday, April 1.
-- Pete Thomas
Mammoth photo courtesy of Peter Morning