Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Review

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in the Inyo National Forest, in eastern California. It is about 100 miles south of the Nevada state line and 30 minutes from Yosemite National Park. The California residents who are regulars here simply call the resort Mammoth. The slopes are on the north side of Mammoth Mountain in the volcanic Long Valley Caldera.

There are 150 named runs at Mammoth covering 3,500 acres. The runs are accessed by 27 lifts, 3 gondolas, 23 chairs and 2 platter lifts. The vertical drop is 3,100 feet and the longest run is 3 miles.

Snowboarders love the setups at Mammoth, with 3 pipes and 7 parks covering 90 acres. Transworld Snowboarding says "top ten pipe" and "top ten park". The different parks are Disco Park, Wonderland Park, X-Course, Forest Trail Park, Jibs Galore, South Park and Main Park. The pipes are the Mini Pipe, the Super Pipe and the Super Duper Pipe that is also Olympic size. Mammoth is the only ski resort in North America to offer three different sized halfpipes.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.
View from Dry Creek near top of Mammoth Mountain.
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Other winter activities include cross country skiing, snowmobiles, snowcat tours, gondola rides, lift serviced sledding, ice skating, dog sled rides and horse drawn Sleigh rides. Just down the road from Minaret, on the way to the main lodge, is the snow tubing area, another popular attraction at Mammoth. They have full tow access and tube rental. It's twenty five dollars an hour but be sure to bring cash, that's all this place takes.

When summer rolls around the resort stays open and you can enjoy the Adventure Center, Mountain Bike Park, Sierra Star Golf Course, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, canoeing and kayaking, skateboarding, rock climbing and Yosemite tours.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort offers on slope lodging in several areas and price ranges. The Village Lodge is all about luxury with rooms from studio to three bedrooms. There is plenty of dining and shopping in the Village and a gondola is your ride to the slopes.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.
Skiers coming down Wipeout Chutes under Chair 23 at Mammoth Mountain
after a fresh snow. Thanks to for the picture.

Juniper Springs Resort has hotel style condominiums and town homes. It is near Eagle Lodge and you can ski in and ski out from here. Mammoth Mountain Inn located near Main Lodge and a gondola has lodging from hotel rooms to condos. Tamarack Lodge and Resort is lakeside on Twin Lakes offering direct access to the cross country trails.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort has more than it's share of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. There are spas, a full service athletic club, an indoor gaming center, 12 nightclubs and 45 restaurants. On the mountain dining can be found at the Marketplace Food Court, the Top of the Sierra Market, Steeps Bar, The Mill Cafe and Outpost BBQ.

If you need to brush up on your skiing before hitting the slopes, or if you have never been on a ski, the Ski and Snowboard School is the place to visit. They offer lessons for adults and children in groups or private. The have an adaptive ski school, cross country lessons and ski camps.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Terrain.
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Licensed child care services are provided at Mammoth if you would like to leave the kids and ski for the day. Small World takes children ages newborn to 8 years and keeps them busy with indoor and outdoor activities. They have age specific room environments that include crafts, stories, games, rest time and more.

Other ski resorts in the nearby area are June Mountain, only 6 miles away. Badger is 33 miles away and Sierra Summit is 29 miles.
Mammoth Ski Resort boosts one of the longest ski seasons in the states, opening in November and operating through June. It is one of the first to open and, in the past, has been open as late as July 4th.

The address at Mammoth is 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546. Their number is 760-934-2571. The lift hours are 7:30 am to 2 pm.

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Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Lift.
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