Mammoth is Action-Packed
Action sports aren’t the only thing going down on this action-packed mountain. Mammoth is a mega mountain that haslodges with bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment at the end of nearly every run. If you aren’t already trying to get up there every other weekend from November to May, you know someone who is. The reason everyone is keen to go to Mammoth is that there is so much going on. You can shred epic powder in morning, eat a gourmet lunch, fly down groomers in the afternoon, enjoy a Irish Coffee slope side (or at the Yodler across from the Main Lodge) or even go bowling (Mammoth Rock’n Bowl) and then party all night in town (try Rafters for live music and DJs)! You seriously cannot be bored at Mammoth, I mean you can even go dogsledding!!!
Mammoth has 3,500 Acres of Rideable Terrain
Mammoth is located in the High Sierras, which are the tallest mountains in the continental United States. How high? Higher than Vail, higher than Snowbird, higher than Aspen. The runs start way above the tree line with the longest run lasting an incredible 3 miles. Plus, Mammoth has more variety than you can shake a ski pole at: massive bowls, steep chutes, tree skiing, wide open groomers and world-class terrain parks. There are 150 runs, 28 lifts and eight terrain parks with runs for skiers and riders of all levels and if that’s not enough, see below.
Mammoth has a Sister, June Mountain
Is Mammoth packed? Holiday weekend got you bashing into novices doing falling leaf in the middle of every run? Your answer: June Mountain. You can access June with the same lift ticket as Mammoth, plus kids under 12 ride for free. June boasts 500 acres of terrain and 2,590 feet of vertical elevation with a really chilled out, old school vibe. Take the lift up to the Main Lodge and ski down the rarely-open, but open this year, front face directly to your car! June is an insider's favorite side trip.
Mammoth is Closer Than You Think
While the journey to Mammoth Mountain from Los Angeles isn’t horrible, the ride from San Diego can be a bit daunting, especially with all the traffic in Riverside County. However, do not let this stop you on your quest for a powder-filled weekend, you can fly directly to Mammoth from San Diego and LA on Alaska Airlines. Fly in Friday, ski all weekend and be back for work on Monday. They’ll never know how much untouched powder you scored while your co-workers were fretting over traffic on the 215.
Go and You’ll Thank Us Later
There’s nothing worse than hearing, “you should have been here last year.” So catch a plane, catch a car or catch a snowcat and get to Mammoth Mountain. You’ve got time on your side because you’ll be able to ski until July 4th this year. Life really is rough during Southern California Winter!
About the Author: Audrey is a 5th generation Californian who called La Jolla home for most of her life before moving to Sydney, Australia. She now splits her year between Manly Beach, Australia, and La Jolla. You can usually find her surfing, body surfing, camping and adventuring when she’s not working on her blog www.surfstokedmoms.com or chasing after her 2 year old daughter, Valentina.