By daybreak Sunday, hordes of anxious skiers and snowboarders were already making their way to Mammoth Mountain.
The ski resort's parking lots were full before 9 a.m. and cars lined the snow-dusted roads. License plates showed visitors had traveled from Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New York.
Groups waited at bus stops or trekked nearly half a mile with their equipment.
At the Eagle Lodge, the line of people waiting to buy lift tickets snaked outside and around the domed building.
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