As the name implies, Mammoth Mountain is BIG. Boasting 3,500 skiable acres, there’s enough terrain variety for all levels of skiers, from beginners through extreme skiers, and an efficient lift system to get people to every nook and cranny. Everyone loves to hate on Mammoth’s “Sierra cement,” but if you’ve ever visited California while it’s getting battered by the Pineapple Express, you know that when it snows, it really snows. Besides, heavier snow sticks around longer. Resort laps in June, anyone?
Sure, it’s a bit off the beaten path and a little rough around the edges, but anyone who’s ever lapped Chair 23 after a storm or ridden the Unbound parks when they’re dialed knows it’s best to keep their priorities straight. That’s what Mammoth is all about. — Rick Sorensen
Mammoth Mountain Stats
Mammoth Mountain Pass
Mammoth Mountain is on the Ikon Pass. Ikon Pass holders get unlimited, blackout-free access to the mountain. Ikon Base Pass holders get unlimited, blackout-restricted days.
Read the SKI editors’ picks on how to spend your time both on and off the slopes at Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
If you’re willing to earn a few, The Hemlocks on Mammoth’s backside harbor some of the best in-bounds, hike-to terrain in the Sierras.
Mammoth is windy. When it starts whipping, stay low. Find some cover and wind-buff stashes in the trees off the Rollercoaster lift or Chair 22.
Skiers flying into Mammoth Lakes through San Francisco or Denver ski free on the day of arrival.
With its vintage ski collection and Nordic-inspired cuisine, Restaurant Skadi is widely considered the hottest table in town.
Skip the long powder day gondola line and ski the backside. Chair 14 offers face access, groomers, and glades.
Order a tasting flight of Mammoth Brewing Company’s seasonal ales and pair it with a bite from the eatery’s elaborate pub menu.
Woolly’s Tube Park features six rope tow-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.
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