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Mammoth Mountain

1 Minaret Road Mammoth Lakes, 93546 us 800-626-6684 website: http://mammothmountain.com
‘Big and beautiful, underrated mountain. Not pretentious.

Mammoth Mountain

Reviewed by

Nov 06, 2008

avg. snowfall

400 in

number of runs

150

base elevation

7,953

peak elevation

11,053

vertical drop

3,100

skiable acres

3,500

Yes, Mammoth is the nearest “true big mountain” to Los Angeles. But snow-loving Californians migrate to this windswept and view-blessed knob in the eastern Sierra for reasons beyond the obvious. Mammoth’s natural terrain variety (no. 4) is among North America’s best, delivering quality and abundance across the spectrum: broad beginner boulevards, corduroy fall-line carvers, piney glades, radical steeps. Its 3,500-plus scenic and open acres are sunkissed yet get hammered with more than 33 feet of mostly dry high-altitude snow annually. Lifts (no. 7) are swift and well laid out. Off-slope, the Village at Mammoth has matured into the amenity the diffuse Town of Mammoth Lakes needs. “The biggest weakness at Mammoth” according to one reader: “You can’t ski between Fourth of July and Halloween.” —S.R.

Must Do » Sample the best of Mammoth Brewing Company’s 17 years of awardwinning craft creations in its tasting room.

Bragging Rights » The Paranoids, steep, narrow and technical chutes, drop precipitously off of Mammoth’s crest. Yikes.

What’s New» A high-speed quad replaces Chair 5; direct flights from San Diego and Orange County bring the number of cities connecting to Mammoth Lakes Airport up to five.

GO: Where to stay

  • Mammoth Mountain Inn.

    The closest hotel to Mammoth Mountain.

  • The Westin Monache Resort

    Book a ski-and-stay package at Mammoth's Westin, which is walking distance to the gondola, and get a $20 tab for après ski drinks.

  • Cinnamon Bear Inn

    Going on a romantic weekend to Mammoth? The Cinnamon Bear Inn is as cute and cozy as it sounds.

Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks

reviews of Mammoth Mountain
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Mammoth is a great place to ski but where I think it fails now is that when corporate Skiing took over the mountain from the McCoys it lost its vision for the place for families to ski affordably.
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