When you travel to Mammoth Lakes, you might be thinking of skiing at the Mammoth Mountain resort. Skiing in Mammoth has always been the number #1 activity as the mountain gets more snow than most any other mountain in California. Our winter runs from November to April yet the ski resort stays open until the snow finally dwindles, which could be as late as Memorial Day and sometimes as late as July 4th.
Southern Californians view Mammoth as their "local" ski resort because once you have made the 5 hour trip one time, the next drive just doesn't seem that long. In fact, most guests leave Los Angeles around 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM and arrive in their cozy condos by 11:00PM ready for a full day on the slopes. Likewise they will ski all day on a Sunday and hit the road by 4:00 to make into bed by 10:00 PM for an easy workday on Monday. If you can make it a 3 day weekend, your time in here is even better as you will really be able to take in our relaxing atmosphere. Of course you can also fly to Mammoth
Mammoth is also a haven for snowboarding. In fact, many of the Olympians of the United States team have hailed from here. The reason is simple, the terrain parks at Mammoth are some of the best in the country. That is because our groomers take our snow and mold and shape to take advantage of our terrain. When it comes to Mammoth skiing, the groomers really work the trails nightly giving you the best possible runs. And when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, you'll find the high tech computer snowmaking at Mammoth unsurpassed.
Winter isn't just about skiing and riding, it is also about the many other activities there are to do in the forest. Sledding and tubing are very popular around here and it is allowed anywhere you can find a clearance, except of course the ski slopes. Cross country skiing has really gained popularity and Mammoth boasts miles and miles of marked trails. You don't need a pass, just a map and off you go. If you prefer groomed trails Tamarack Cross Country center has runs specifically for those who like to glide with a little less hike. The town runs an ice rink most years, and if you want to just trample the snow, you can put on some snowshoes, take that map and find your way around.
When you're planning your vacation, making reservations for the right lodging can be really important. If you're going to ski or ride, you might want to stay slopeside in one the Mammoth rental condos. If you're more of a shopper and being close to the town is more important you may want to choose to stay in Mammoth Lakes vacation rentals that are closer to restaurant row. Or perhaps a hotels in downtown Mammoth. Either way, slopeside or in town, you are never far from anywhere as the town is only 4 square miles wide.
Temperatures in Mammoth are really rather tepid compared to resorts in the Mid West or East with days in the high 20's and low 30's. As we are a magnet for snow, we're known for our wind as it blows the storms in and out. It could be warm and sunny in the morning, yet storming by lunch time with clear skies in the afternoon. It is very unpredictable, but it usually means a dump of snow. Sometimes it really dumps... as in winter 2010 when Mammoth received over 200" of snow in just the month of December. That said, we really do have about 300 days of sunshine a year.
Mammoth Mountain itself is quite the hill. It has a very appropriate name and with the iconic symbol of the wooly mammoth, it is no wonder we are voted in the top #10 ski resorts in the US year after year.
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