Mammoth Mountain

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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

Mammoth Mountain Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Shilo Inn Suites - Mammoth Lakes
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
63% off $470
The Mammoth Creek Inn
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
46% off $981
The Village Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $1,908

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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.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to March

Mammoth has one of the longest seasons in the country but the best time to visit is between January and March. January is the coldest month which is great for the snow, while March is perfect for spring skiing as it's warm during the day yet still rather cold at night. 

FLY TO

Mammoth Yosemite Airport

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

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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

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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″

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Mammoth Mountain Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 54 reviews

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Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 03, 2017
JUJustin U.
intermediate snowboarder
Mammoth Mountain is Epic and has is all! With plenty of technical terrain runs through the depths, steep sweeping groomers for intermediate riders and long easy runs for beginners. This place has more than enough variety for everyone. Hit these slopes and start your adventure now.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 02, 2017
MCMatthew C.
intermediate snowboarder
mammoth is awesome! I did my first year of snowboarding last year. and it was epic !!!!! I'm hoping to go to other resorts as,well. but I will definitely be going to mammoth again this year ! Mammoth has so many good powder days . and view is amazing !!!!!!! ... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Mammoth is a go to in CA for many reasons. Very well maintained and taken care of. Killer parks and a wide variety of terrain for everyone. Lots of food and drink options. Long season and lots of snow. The town has some decent lodging options for the budget and tons of fun places to have a good time after riding. Also, lots of great food options.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 23, 2017
VLVitaliy L.
advanced snowboarder
Mammoth is the best resort in Calulifornia. It opens earlier than any other resort and stays opened all the way into the summer, which is the longest season in America. It's very accessible, the town is taking care of the roads really well. The lifts are superb, the Gondola can take you up and down if you don't want to ski, but just want to check... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 20, 2017
GKGavin K.
advanced skier
Mammoth is one of the places you know you will be returning to season after season. Mammoth provides some of the best skiing in all of the sierras. Fun for all levels... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 17, 2017
CCCody C.
intermediate snowboarder
I have grown up going to this resort and absolutely love it. The employees are awesome, friendly, and help out with any problems. The snow was fantastic last year. The resort is big enough that even on peak holidays it doesn't feel as crowded as some other resorts. Definitely would recommend making the trip up here if can. ... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 17, 2017
RMRaj M.
intermediate snowboarder
Stayed there last season in March for our Spring Break from NC. we flew to LA then to short flight to Mammoth hotel bus picked us up. Stayed at the main lodge. Rooms were not that great but clean... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 13, 2017
TMThomas M.
advanced skier
Living in Southern California, Mammoth is the only real Mountain within easy driving distance. The airport with connections to SF and LA really Make it accessible from anywhere. The town and the village ate pretty good, but the mountain is awesome. It could just be my familiarity with the mountain, but it's more fun than any other I've ever... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 10, 2017
SCSam C.
advanced skier
Mammoth is a killer mountain with so much open terrain to rip it up. Nothing better than a bluebird day with a foot of fresh pow and Wooly by you side!!! ... More
Average!2.2 / 5Nov 09, 2017
JSJohn S.
advanced skier
no town nightlife - not much cheap lodging, long drive from airport , no real great off piste skiing, needs base lodge music entertainment and apre ski scene - currently there is not much music or entertainment at the base areas. Lift tix are too expensive. Very crowded, usually hideous wind most of the time and they close the best part of the... More

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