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 / 5

Jul 16, 2013
JJoe
This place is huge and offers terrain for all levels of skier and rider. From the Bowls and Chutes at the top to the intermediate rollers in the mid-section of the mountain to the easy groomers at the bottom. Too many lifts to mention here!. All Fast all quiet. Snow pack was 14-18 feet this year. Unbelievable. The climate is great in that it is... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Jun 26, 2013
AAllan
This is a large mountain and there is never a wait in lift lines. It is also a challenge to ski some of the black slopes
Superb!

5 / 5

Jun 19, 2013
MMichelle
I think that Mammoth has the best combination of great snow and terrain. Lots to do and easy to challenge yourself. There are tons of runs to chose from at all levels so if you go with a group, everyone can find something they like from beginner to advanced. The snow is consistently good or good enough. It's rare that I'm disappointed with the... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Mar 14, 2013
EEric
DUE TO THE MANY RUNS AND THE AMOUNT OF SNOW FALL, THE CONDITIONS STAY EXTRMLY GREAR THROUGH MAY AND JUNE. I WAS JUST THERE LAST WEEKEND AND THE HAD JUST HAD A SNOW FALL, AND WERE EXPECTING MORE AND WITH A BASE OF 13 FEET ITS GREAT TO KNOW THERE ARE PLANNING TO STAY OPEN TILL JULY 4
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 18, 2013
EEarl
It has the greatest range of terrain, almost always decent to great snow, and the town and lodging options are varied enough in price and style to suit our needs.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jan 18, 2013
SSui
It was a tough choice. It was a toss up between Whistler and Mammoth.
Superb!

5 / 5

Aug 11, 2012
MMichele
We have been skiing at Mammoth for the past 30 years and it is our favorite! It's a huge mountain, lots of varied terrain and consistent great snow. The ski school is excellent and there are lots of amenities at the resort. We love the small town ambiance and the friendly people who live in Mammoth. It's great for families and singles and has many... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 04, 2012
CClaire
Mammoth is such a great mountain ski resort. The resort is so accessible by shuttle from the lodging area. i love the village, there are shops and night life is great.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 27, 2009
WWendy
Mammoth has many skiiable acres, good vertical drop, natural beauty and great terrain parks.
Superb!

5 / 5

May 29, 2009
EEric
Mammoth is on an epic scale that speaks for itself once your there. It offers a vast terrian for all to enjoy.
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