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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.

What is the Pineapple Express?

What is the Pineapple Express?
Pineapple Express
As the Western US was pounded with snow, and resorts like Mammoth Mountain saw thirteen feet of snow, meteorologists were pointing to the "pineapple express." But what exactly does that mean? Meteorologist Joel Gratz fills us in.

The western U.S. just experienced a six-day storm with over five FEET of snow falling in Colorado and between 6-13 FEET (yes, thirteen) falling in California, from Tahoe in the north to Mammoth in the south. Folks are throwing around the term “Pineapple Express” to explain this storm’s epic snowfall and rather warm temperatures, but that leaves many people scratching their heads trying to figure out what it all means (just like the double rainbow guy). So here’s the scoop.

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