If you’re looking for great skiing and a laidback après scene, Mammoth ski resort is the place to head. Situated in Eastern Sierra, this Californian resort delivers on bluebird days, with sunshine pretty much all year round. About 10 metres of snow falls here each year and that’s topped up by snowmaking across 33% of the runs. While the Village and base areas are spread out, there are plenty of shuttles and buses to get you around, ensuring you can take advantage of all the activities this stunning resort has to offer.
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AccommodationMammoth has several base areas spread across the mountain, so before you book your accommodation, be sure it’s in an area with the facilities you need. The resort offers a huge range of accommodation, from traditional lodges and motels through to dive bars, five-star hotels and condos.
Staying in a condo in the pedestrian friendly Village at Mammoth provides the greatest convenience with shops, restaurants and bars at your door. Although it’s not right on the slopes, you’ll be just a few minutes from the Village Gondola that will get you there.
If you’re travelling with kids, consider a lodge or condo near the Main Day Lodge. Here you’ll be close to the ski school and beginner slopes, and able to get back to town via shuttle.
Skiing & BoardingMammoth is California’s biggest ski areas with 150 marked trails over 1,400 hectares of skiable terrain accessible by 28 lifts.
There’s something for every skier and boarder here – 25% of the marked trails are for beginners, 40% for intermediates and the remainder for experts. The longest run is a gruelling 4.8km with a nail biting vertical drop of 945m.
With uphill capacity of 59,000 riders an hour, this mountain has the infrastructure to get you skiing fast – whether you’re looking for a mellow slope, quad burning groomed runs, tree runs, chutes, double black diamonds… or simply to look out over the resort from above.
Mammoth is part of the IKON pass, which means now you can explore more resorts in North America and Canada than ever before.
ActivitiesThe options are endless when it comes to après activities – for a start, there’s snowmobiling, dog sledding, winter fishing, and cross-country skiing… then there’s Mammoth Unbound, which comprises nine parks with three half pipes, two acrobags, more than 100 jibs and 50 jumps, and for advanced freestylers, a 22-ft halfpipe and supersized jumps.
Learning to ski? Choose from three main ski schools, and for kids under eight, there are two child care centres in different locations.
Off the snow, there’s miniature golf, ice-skating, a bowling alley and Woolly Tubing Park, which is huge among families.
All sounding too active? Relax in a day spa, enjoy some light shopping or take a day trip out of the resort to enjoy the picturesque national parks and reserves nearby.
Getting There & AroundGrab a daily flight to Mammoth during the winter from San Diego, LA, San Francisco or Denver. From here, it’s just 10 minutes by shuttle to the mountain. Alternatively, fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport then rent a car and enjoy a picturesque three-hour drive. Driving from LA takes about six hours, or seven hours from San Francisco.
Once you’re in Mammoth, you’ll find the base areas are spread out. Take advantage of hotel shuttles and the town’s free bus service to get around, and if you’re staying outside the main village and want to enjoy the après activities, consider renting a car.
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Ski-in/ski-out apartment hotel located in the Eagle Lodge area next to the ski school, is perfect for families. Rooms offer beautiful views and feature granite kitchens, gas fireplaces, balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi. Onsite 2 fitness centres, 6 outdoor hot tubs, 2 heated outdoor pools, ski/board rental.
Located across the street from the Main Lodge, offering slope side in hotel rooms while apartments feature ski-in/ski-out access. Refrigerators in hotel rooms while apartments feature full kitchens and dining areas. Onsite rental and gift shop, ski tuning, bar and restaurant, 3 hot tubs, general store, coin laundry, games room.
Located on the shore of Twin Lakes and surrounded by mountains, lakes and skiing this historical lodge was built in 1924. Onsite restaurant, snack bar, fire place, luggage storage.
Popular upscale apartment property in the Canyon Lodge area, with ski-in/ski-out access direct to the gondola and located in the heart of the village next to restaurants and bars. Apartments with classic exterior details and fine-hewn interiors, granite kitchens and gas log fires. Onsite heated pool, 5 hot tub spas, 3 fitness centres, complimentary in-town shuttle, ski/board rental, arcade, media room.