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Open Road Endless Stoke – Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain

This article was produced in partnership with Ikon Pass, which encourages you to own the stoke across California’s other iconic resorts, including Big Bear, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

Get ready to grab the crew, pack the trunk, and crank up that playlist. There are endless ways for you to own the stoke.

Stay lifted at Mammoth Mountain.

Leave the congested Los Angeles scene and head towards a gleaming So Cal jewel, Mammoth Mountain. Set against the backdrop of the eye-popping Minaret peaks, Mammoth combines quintessential beach vibes and massive mountain terrain.

The trip from the inland empire to Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain is a non-stop (but often worth stopping) cruise north on the 395. Along the way, take your time to seek out quaint general stores, magnificent natural landscapes, hunger-busting cuisine, and a total of three of California’s incredible national parks.

Once at Mammoth Mountain, dive into the highest lift-served skiable terrain in California. Just off the beaten path, the Hemlocks are in-bound, hike-accessed trails offers enhanced natural terrain that offer up some of the best powder pillows around.

If you’re traveling to June Mountain, be ready to embrace a slower, slightly less hectic pace, while still finding day dream-worthy terrain and snow. Being just 30-minutes further north from Mammoth Mountain, June boasts fresh tracks even on its busiest days. On the mountain, keep an eye out for Glenn Plake—and his colorful trademark mohawk. The U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame athlete can often be seen heading off into side-country excursions.

June Mountain, full of fun for every size of shredder.

On The Road to Mammoth & June:

Mobius Arch

A centerpiece of the Alabama Hills, take a 5-minute drive down a dirt road, and then a 10-minute walk to find Mobius Arch. At just the right angle, you can capture the arch framing an excellent view of Mt. Whitney in the distance.

Copper Top BBQ

“Food Makes Friends” is the signature saying at Copper Top BBQ in Big Pine, and it’s an honest appraisal. Drawing together a community of BBQ lovers from hundreds of miles in every direction, these plates of heaping, delectable meat are often met with a smile and a kindly, thankful nod. When people come together over killer BBQ, making friends is second nature.

Erick Schat’s Bakkererÿ

Take a step back in time and pick up a loaf of bread at Erick Schat’s in Bishop. Boasting a spelling of bakkererÿ that is steeped in old immigrant Dutch heritage, this roadside bakery lives up to its name by featuring old-school, preservative-free, turn-of-the-century bread that is baked in stone ovens. Baking right around 25,000 loaves of bread per day, everything on site is made from scratch, right down to the baking yeast.

Owens River

Just miles north of Bishop, the Owens River Gorge is remarkable for many reasons. Known for its unique, rich mineral-based color palette, this area is also renowned for sport climbing, bouldering, and fly fishing alike. Pick your favorite past time, or hone in on your new favorite hobby, and carve out some time to explore the Owens River Gorge.

Whitmore Hot Springs / Wild Willy’s Hot Springs / Local Legends

As you cruise closer to Mammoth, the options for soaking in hot sulfur springs grow. Seek out the Whitmore Hot Springs, Wild Willy’s Hot Springs. Both are well known and easy to access. Alternately, if you’re feeling like a treasure hunt, get friendly with the locals and seek out one of the options that are off the beaten path. We promise, the search is worth it, and the result is just as relaxing.

Stay Ready For the Stoke

Across California and beyond, with destinations coast-to-coast, now is the time to call the crew and plan out your season of stoke. With of endless adventure at Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, winter 21/22 is yours to own.