Mammoth Mountain

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Mammoth mountain
Vitaliy Landa
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Vitaliy Landa

Pros

  • One of the longest seasons in the US and plenty of snow
  • Large skiable area and variety of terrain to suit all levels
  • Highest elevation in California
  • Efficient lift system

Cons

  • Expensive place to ski
  • Can get crowded on holidays and powder weekends
  • Freshies can get tracked out quickly

Overall

4.3

Mammoth Mountain is one of California’s biggest ski areas, with more than 3,500 ac of terrain! It gets tons of snow and has one of the longest seasons in North America – as recently as 2016-17 the lifts kept turning until August! Here you’ll find a modern resort with all the amenities you’d expect, along with a community in Mammoth Lakes which has laid-back, small-town Eastern Sierra vibe. All that acreage includes terrain to suit all ability levels, making it a great destination for families and groups.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Airplane

FLY TO

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

Car

drive/taxi/uber to

Mammoth Mountain (22 minutes)

Base of Mammoth Mountain (Walk)

  • Village has a range of lodges
  • Variety of dining options in Village
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation also available at other bases

Find accommodations around here

Mammoth Lakes (0.50-1 mi)

  • Town adjacent to ski resort
  • Variety of accommodation options from budget hotels to luxury resorts
  • Wide range of dining options

Find accommodations around here

For beginners

Beginners will have plenty of long and wide runs to explore at Mammoth. There are a range of easier runs around the Canyon Lodge base area but those with a bit more experience should try out Road Runner Lower, our favorite run for beginners here. Sitting close the ski area boundary, this trail will give beginners a real "in the woods" feel to it. While it is rated as "slightly more difficult" than the easier runs, there are some sections that can get quite flat and snowboarders might even have to take off their bindings!

For intermediates

With so much terrain at Mammoth, intermediates won't have trouble finding new runs to explore with tons of long and wide runs across the mountain. Our top pick for intermediates would have to be Solitude, a long wide trail that has the perfect pitch and a bit of curve! If that's not enough for you, the backside also serves up a range of blues and even an intermediate rated bowl, Rigley's bowl!

For experts

Advanced and Expert skiers and snowboarders are well catered for at Mammoth with plenty of steep trails, bowls, glades and double black diamond chutes to explore! While there's tons of black pistes to explore, our favorite is Cornice Bowl! For the daredevils, the chutes offer cliffs with falls of a few yards!

Find freshies

Unfortunately, freshies can get tracked out within the first hour of the resort opening, especially during holidays and powder weekends. Avoid the crowds by heading to the back of the mountain to Chair 13 and 14, but you have to be quick as freshies can also get tracked out fast too.

Ditch the crowds

Lifts at the base such as Canyon Express and lower lifts tend to be the most crowded. Lift queues here are usually no more than 10 minutes though sometimes can be more. The best lifts to avoid the crowds is on the back of the mountain on Chair 13 and 14

Non skiers

For the non-skiers, Mammoth offers a range of things to do including tubing, snowmobiling, scenic gondola rides and snowcat tours.

Families

Mammoth Mountain is great for families with a fantastic ski school to get kids learning. The huge lodges are also a great place for meeting up and taking a break. Mammoth also has childcare facilities for the little ones and a range of fun kids activities such as a tubing.

Mammoth Mountain vs
Mammoth MountainBear Mountain
beginner25 %42 %
intermediate40 %39 %
advanced20 %3 %
expert15 %16 %
total runs151 38
ski area3,500ac 748ac
summit elevation11,053ft 8,804ft
total lifts28 13
child lift ticketFree $40
adult lift ticket$159 $99
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall218″ 58″

Mammoth Mountain Reviews

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 44 reviews

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Have your say on Mammoth Mountain
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
GTGlenn T.
expert skier
Love this mountain and love this area.Skiing,fishing and golf.....love it.Beautiful sites and wildlife.My son and I love everything about the drive...the adventure....sites and sounds and when we get to Mammoth...... we take a breath........ More
Good!

3.8 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
RSRyan S.
expert skier
Set in the eastern Sierra Nevada range, Mammoth is quite the spectacle. Having the largest and longest lasting snowpack in recent years, it also boasts challenging steeps, and features a world class terrain park that's the scene of many a ski film park segment. A bit of a commitment to get to but something every skier should experience. Check out... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
LILen I.
expert snowboarder
Having the highest elevation on the West Coast, Mammoth has the best snow quality combined with some of the most snowfall accumulation on the west coast. The terrain at Mammoth is varied over 3500 acres and and 2900’ from top to bottom, satisfying the spectrum of abilities from beginner to expert. ... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
GTGlenn T.
expert skier
Very long ski season.Average snow in inches 400+Any type of skier can find several places to ski all over the mountain.Any time I go I am never disappointed.Great fishing all year.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 11, 2017
HGHenry G.
What can I say? The terrain is so VAST and diverse, plenty of high quality chair lifts. Friendly workers. Friendly snowboarders and a couple aholes. It’s the best resort period. Nothing compares to mammoth I was snowboarding July 4th and there were FEET of snow left.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 11, 2017
DSDDarren S D.
Large mtn full of terrain for all levels and skill snow last for ever season go's into summer .from pow days to slushy mash potato days .good food and a great time to visit is anytime you can
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
TTThai T.
If you are serious about snow and skiing or riding it and live in southern California, Mammoth is your true local mountain. Sure bear and summit ar closer to LA, but the terrian and size of Mammoth is superior to those two resorts. If you are looking for world class accommodations the village at Mammoth can handle that as well. As a local I use... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 04, 2017
DDDustin D.
Mammoth Mountain is amazing. I was able to ski there Aug 1st because the winter snow pack lasted till the summer. Not many people can say they have skied in August.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Sep 01, 2013
SSteven
Mammoth is in the process of becoming a great place for the apres ski. Mammoth is a little inconvenient and spread out at this time. The new managers/owners are doing the right moves toward making the whole ski exerience there better!
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 29, 2013
SStephanie
i just plain LOVE mammoth...still small/not crowded (since no major airport..and it is SO inconvenient to get to..which i see as a plus)...it is magnificent...the mountain, and the lakes etc...i love it in the summer too...mountain bike down the mountain...swim/kayak in the lakes...great snow conditions last couple of years...
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