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Warm Temps Close Mammoth Mountain, Cables Taken off Half Dome

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At the Half Dome Cables | Photo by thomas pix
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Mother Nature is taunting us as she does best. After an earlier-than-expected season opening for Mammoth Mountain on Friday, officials had to close the popular skiing spot down as warmer temperatures made a return. "After a big storm earlier this week and great skiing and riding on Friday, record breaking warm temperatures rolled in, wreaking havoc on our snow in the process," a statement from the resort read. However, a storm in the near future could bring back the snow and lower temperatures.

Nearby in Yosemite National Park, snow and ice has closed Glacier Point and Tioga Roads until further notice, park officials announced today.

But the biggest news is that the Half Dome Cables have been taken down for the season. That's because the colder seasons bring wet and icy conditions, which is not friendly to the extremely steep (45 to 55 degree angle) and sometimes deadly climb to the top.