Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Lake Tahoe on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in the Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Mountain is one of California’s premiere ski resorts. The resort is inside the volcanic Long Valley Caldera and 30 minutes away from Yosemite National Park.
Typically opened from November to June, and offering more than 3,500 acres of ski-able terrain, 25 chairlifts, three gondolas, 3,100 feet of vertical, an elevation of 11,053 feet, seven terrain parks, and an average of 339 inches of snowfall each year, the ski season at Mammoth is one of the longest in the United States.
Presenting extreme snowboarding, an 18-foot tall Super Pipe, a 22-foot tall Super Duper Pipe and a Mini Pipe, Unbound Main is one of the major attractions of Mammoth Mountain. Other popular attractions include snowmobiling, a scenic gondola, the Sierra Interpretive Center, cross-country skiing, dogsled rides, snowtubing, Snowcrest Tours and gourmet dining experiences.
The Mammoth Ski and Snowboard School offers lessons for first-time beginners, children ages 5 to 12 years old, and for the most advanced skiers. Private lessons, three-day ski camps, a season-long teaching program and an adaptive ski school are also available at the resort.
Accommodations include the Village Lodge, the Mammoth Mountain Inn that is only a few steps away from the resort’s Main Lodge. Also, 9,000 feet up the mountain, there is Juniper Springs Resort next to Eagle Lodge. The Tamarack Lodge is on the shore of Twin Lakes, and the nearby towns of Mammoth Lakes and Bishop offer guests accommodations.
Season passes, one-day lift tickets for adults, youth tickets for ages 13 to 18, children’s tickets for ages 7 to 12, seniors tickets for ages 65 to 79, and multiple day tickets are available at Mammoth Mountain.
Five-day ticket minimums for Christmas and three-day ticket minimums for Presidents Day are available with seven-day advanced purchases. Mammoth Mountain also offers a limited college pass for students.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
Additional information on these, and other Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort vacations, can be found on websites like mammothmountain.com, northamericansnow.com, skireport.com, skiing.about.com, and onthesnow.com.