Resort Guide 2018: West #18
Readers love all 3,500 acres of this behemoth’s “amazing range of terrain” (Variety, No. 9), they laud it for having “top-notch grooming” (No. 8), and say that Mammoth’s 28 efficient chairlifts “keep you on the runs and not in lift lines, even on the weekends right after a four- foot dump” (Lifts, No. 7).
Many dislike the winds, but a hearty minority praise the gusts that fill in ski tracks all day long, so the powder “doesn’t get skied out.” Coming off its second-longest season in history—270 days—the resort that averages 400 inches of snow and 300 sunny days a year always boasts “plenty of snow even in the bad years” (No. 16). Truth be told, the lodges are overdue for an overhaul and the town suffers from “mediocre dining and après,” so-so service, and lackluster lodging. Many are optimistic, though, about the mountain’s acquisition by a Colorado partnership that includes the owners of Aspen, hopefully providing “the opportunity for significant improvements.” Until then, skiers will have to stick with what attracted founder Dave McCoy to the Eastern Sierra almost a century ago: “Snow quality and terrain. That’s what keeps me going back!”
Order a tasting flight of Mammoth Brewing Company’s seasonal ales and pair it with a bite from the eatery’s elaborate pub menu.
Wolly's Tube Park features six ropetow-served groomed lanes for tubing fun. Slide with the kids or enjoy an adult bevvie on the heated deck.
Skip the weekend crowds at Mammoth and take a day trip north to sister resort June Mountain, where kids 12 and under ski free and the powder lasts all day.
Rants and Raves
“I’ve been skiing Mammoth for eight years and there’s still terrain I haven't touched.”