WHY: Mammoth is all about the numbers. It’s massive, with 3,500 acres of skiable terrain; it’s vertiginous, topping out at 11,052 feet, with a vertical drop of 3,100 feet; and it’s blessed with deep snow, averaging 400 annual inches. Plus, the wind blows just right so that even on storm-free days, refilled stashes await if you know where to look.
WHAT: For steeps, Chair 23 accesses legendary terrain. But don’t overlook the glades on Chair 22. (Stay skier’s right for the aforementioned wind deposits.) And it should be no surprise, here in the land of the skateboard, that Mammoth’s eight terrain parks are so dynamic and entertaining that there’s no need to pout if the wind shuts down the top of the mountain.
WHERE: At the bottom of the gondola, Mammoth Brewing Company offers 13 micros on tap. And do find Little Mill, the roving snowcat food truck, for on-mountain BBQ.