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So, the first couple minutes of this video are a strange pattern. Ignore that and dive right into the meat of this cool little window into the science behind the weather patterns and topography that bury Mammoth Mountain, one of California’s most cherished ski areas, in snow each winter. A NASA scientist, Mammoth Mountain ski patroller, meteorologist, and a professor of snow hydrology walk you through what it takes for nature to turn Mammoth into a winter wonderland.

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