One of the greatest inventions to burn up kid energy is tubing. As Mammoth is set on a hill, the amount of places to go tubing or sledding is unlimited. Depending on the snowfall for the season, there are regular places that people go that they know they can find a good clearance to let the tube or sled just run.
One of the prime spots to go sledding or tubing is at the corner of Main Street and Minaret Road. Currently the lot is empty, the clearance is good and you are right in the middle of town. For parents who don't want to supervise, but need to provide the transportation, the Mammoth Brewing Company is across the street. It is not a huge area, but still provides hours of energy burning time for all.
Another popular place to go sledding is in the forest just off the Mammoth Scenic Loop. This area in the town of Mammoth Lakes gets more snow as it is higher up. It is also less traveled, so the runs are the ones you make. Find a good clearance and be careful of letting your tube or sled run into the street.
Long ago there was a famous place in Mammoth called "Sledz". It was the original tube park in Mammoth. Located almost all the way up Minaret Road to the Main Lodge, Sledz provided everyone with a groomed tube run... and parking. Sledz has now been renamed "Woolly's Tube Park" but it is still the same old fashion tube park. The difference now is that it is groomed by the Mammoth ski area groomers, the parking lot is bigger, and adults have a warming hut with alcoholic beverages to watch their kids. This is a pay by the hour place that operates most every day the snow is in good shape from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. You can call them to find out all the details and the price. It is not only a great place for kids, but the 25-35 set seems to enjoy it as well.
While you can sled anywhere you can find a clearance in Mammoth, the ski area is off limits at all times. During the day it is filled with skiers and riders. At night the snow cats come out, so you absolutely cannot sled on the ski mountain at any time. Safety is everyone's concern so be sure to wear a helmet, bring mittens or gloves, and dress warm when the weather is chilly. Also consider bringing warm beverages and other drinks for hydration.
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