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Mammoth Mountain

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.

Ski Trips 101: Cheap Tickets

Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Photo: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Photo: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
A few strategies for finding the best airfare to your next ski destination.

Getting to ski resorts has never been easier. This year, for example, Steamboat’s airport added connections to San Francisco and Washington-Dulles, Mammoth added Denver and Las Vegas, and Jackson Hole added Washington D.C. (DCA, BWI, and IAD). Adding Denver and Las Vegas is an especially big move for Mammoth: it opens massive doors to the Midwest and East.

Mammoth Resorts Will Take Over Two California Resorts

Bear Mountain Resort: Lake View | Photo Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Bear Mountain Resort: Lake View | Photo Big Bear Mountain Resorts
A new season pass provides unlimited access to Mammoth, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and June Mountain.

With the acquisition of Big Bear and Snow Summit ski areas, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will expand to nearly 6,000 skiable acres in California’s best-known mountains.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which owns Mammoth and June mountains, announced this morning that it will acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts, which consists of Southern California’s Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. It also announced a new season pass ($689 for adults) that includes unlimited access to all four ski areas.

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