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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Tamarack Lodge 




11 lodge rooms and 35 cabins with kitchens.  Continental breakfast and Internet access available in the lodge.   Complimentary transfer to the Mammoth Airport.


Extra person charges may apply



 $159 and up



Mammoth Mountain Inn




Accommodations ranging from basic rooms, suites to condominiums.  Fitness center, game room, store, restaurant and bar on site.  Guests receive a complimentary copy of Mammoth Adventures.


Extra person charges may apply 



$159 and up



The Village Lodge 




Offers suite to 3 bedroom condominiums with a heated pool, five hot tubs, three fitness centers, a media room and an arcade.



Extra person charges may apply



$329 and up 











Hyde Lounge
The Yodler
Mountain Side Grill 




Winter Activities


Resort Activities



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Mammoth by name and nature, the resort's huge size is served by North America's biggest uphill transportation service. A total of 30 lifts are capable of moving in excess of 50,000 skiers per hour. Mammoth Mountain was established in 1950 by living legend Dave McCoy, who retained ownership throughout the resort's spectacular growth to become one of the world's greats. The resort has a reputation for early season opening - generally in the first half of November thanks to a combined effort between its extensive snowmaking system and the natural stuff. In the latter category, about 30 feet of snow is dumped on Mammoth each season. This abundance also helps the resort to stay open late - usually into June. The snow is then mercilessly bashed into place on more than 150 trails by the resort's award-winning fleet of groomers, the largest on the planet. Off the ski slopes, the base village of Mammoth Lakes continues to grow, with a dozen or so bars and restaurants and a further dozen or so retail outlets. Activities include ballooning, bob sledding, dog sledding, saunas, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, spa, tobogganing and winter hikes. Mammoth is the favorite resort of Virgin boss Richard Branson, whose airline runs a ski tour operation to the states from the United Kingdom.

Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet3
Lifts-Total number of lifts28
General-Vertical drop3100
General-Annual skier visits1500000
General-Back country accessYes
General-Total area in bounds3500
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Offers consistenly better snow and longer ski season than any other ski areas in CA

Cons: Kind of out of the way

Mammoth has the size, altitude,variety and quality advantage over any other CA ski areas. It's one of the biggest in CA in the way it feels when you're out there skiing as well as on paper. Groomed slopes feel individually expansive without being vague and confusing. It's located in higher altitudes that any other resorts in CA, allowing longer seasons well in May and June.  It has all different kinds of terrains to suit any taste. It consistently has better snow than any other CA resorts. The only downside is that it's kind out there, but that can be an upside depending on how you look at it (e.g., weekday skiers). I wholeheartedly recommend Mammoth over any other ski areas especially for those who are located in SoCal--irregardless of the fact that there really is no other real oprtion.


Pros: Lots of runs

Cons: Expert runs too short. Long drive from LA.

Long time skier at Mammoth.  Over the last 40 years saw it grow from a few chairs to what is is now. It is still a "locals" mountain from folks from LA or San Diego. Still a long drive (4-6hrs) from Southern California.  Even much longer from the Bay area.  Use to have long lift lines, but with high speed 6 packs, very easy to get around.


Pros: SIze, lifts, snow

Cons: Can get crowded on weekends, sometimes windy

Mammoth has something for everyone. Whether you are after steeps, groomers, powder, trees, parks, beginner runs. It is a great place for families too; with good ski schools and day care. Like most places the more challenging runs can be found at the top of the mountain. With beginner runs having easy access at the bottom. It does take some time to explore the mountain because of its size so Mammoth is a good vacation destination.


During some weekends and holidays the mountain can get pretty busy, but with a little local knowledge you can make the most of these times too.Usually the congestion gets compounded if some lifts are closed due to bad weather, mainly high winds.


The town of Mammoth is a little disjointed with different areas in town having both shops and restaurants. For this reason the night life can be a bit hit and miss. Free buses make it pretty easy to get around without a car and several daily flights make Mammoth quite easy to get to these days.


Hey all!  Brand new here and I'm headed up to Mammoth next weekend for 4 days for my first time.  Gonna hit the slopes friday before the crowds and the rest of the group arrives and would appreciate any advice as to where the best place to park is and which lifts get me to where I want to ski without having to explore too much as I hear the place is huge.  I mainly ski Tahoe and would say I'm Intermediate/Advanced.  Groomers are fine but I'm often found searching out stashes and decent tree skiing to give you an idea of what I'm looking for. 

Great site and thanks in advance!  (sorry I put this in reviews, admin feel free to move if necessary)




Pros: Massive mountain with challenging terrain

Cons: Lower lifts get crowded, LA skiers not known for courtesy

Mammoth is one of my favorite mountains in the US.  The terrain off the top is steep and challenging, with great open bowls and chutes.  Advanced skiers can just ski the upper lifts which barely have any lines and not deal with crowds lower on the mountain.  The lower lifts do get busy especially on weekends as they are used to traverse the mountain.  But even intermediate skiers can go over to chairs 12,13,14 on the far right or chairs 9,25,15 on the far left to get away from the crowds.  Being the only large ski resort within driving distance of LA (5-6hrs) it does get busy on weekends.  However, the mountain is very well managed and knows how to move large crowds efficiently, both on the mountain and in the cafeterias.


Pros: Terrain. Sierra sunshine & panoramas. Locals who aren't A-holes.

Cons: Wind. Weekend crowds. $95 full day / $69 half day? Snowbird's only $74 full day!!!

Crazy wind: nothing like full force of jet stream at 11,000 ft.

Mammoth moves crowds well, but they have to, on weekends the place is a zoo.

And then there's the pricing: $95 full / $69 half-day at the counter is RIDICULOUS.

Mammoth wants to become a destination resort, but I can get to Snowbird a heck of a lot faster (even from most parts of California!) and spend $21 a day *less* for better snow.  Someone at Mammoth corporate needs to rethink ticket pricing policy.

I got lucky that they released a $240, 4-day ticket at Costco in time for my trip, but paying full pop at the counter for a 5th day made my eyes bleed. 

Now for the happy thoughts:

They've done a great job sprucing up the village, and midweek condo pricing was far more reasonable than what I've encountered in CO or UT. Mammoth Lakes airport is adding additional flights with every passing season, but I still had a hard time connecting one of their LA or SF itineraries with a nonstop from New York, so I just drove up from LA with friends. We managed the drive in 4hrs45mins both to and from LAX, but for those without a radar detector & a death wish, add 45-60 minutes. For traffic or significant snowfall, add 1-2 hours.

The 5 days of bluebird skiing I did there in Jan 2011 were great for panoramic views of the Sierra, but got a bit one-dimensional on 2-week old hardpack. Cornice & Scotty's were well groomed, and there were shifting caches of windblown for the hunting, but Climax & rest of the exposed EX terrain was glazed boilerplate & chopped to hell. Can't wait to go back after huge dump and plunder the chutes at the upper elevations as well as over across Dragon's Back down to Dragon's Tail!


Pros: The Mountain, The Snow

Cons: The Wind and That I don't live there

The Best Mountain ever.  The terrain and snow is the best.  Gets windy allot though.  Got to pick the right time.  It is rarely crowed.  The bottom of the mountain is spead out about 7 miles with multiple access points.


Pros: Remote feel, huge terrain variations, xlent lift system.

Cons: Can't think of anything, other than maybe the walk-up day rate - 86.00 - ouch!

We're normally Tahoe skiers - Heavenly to Northstar and all in between; but, we wanted to try Mammoth out this year. We went down 395 fr/ Reno area - no problem road, great scenery, but bet it can be treacherous in weather.
We stayed in a great little condo, but that's another story.
The skiing went from one extreme to the other, in 1 day! First day - huge wind, wet snow & fog, actually closed most of the lifts that noon due to gusts to 60MPH.
Very next day, blue skies, pleasantly cold w/ new 10 - 15" layer - woohoo! The mtn. offers free tours w/ Hosts - our guy, named Craig, a skier, was just great! History lesson/where to find the pow/steeps/you name it - we skied til 3PM w/ him!
Since the first day we couldn't even see where we were skiing, this day turned out to be a huge eye-opener - this place is just plain vaaassst. We got the whole picture while skiing w/ the host, who was very well versed w/ all terrain and how to get there.. just wow...
Second day - different host, different tour, same great great snow - went to the top to access some of the steep stuff and had as blast in the pow.
Terrain is all over the place - there is someting for anyone who skis. The glades are great, bowls wide open and beautiful, cruddy stuff to play in, wish I was still there!!
Crowds were minimal - no complaints there at all - nice village area where all the glitzy folks stay and party - real village offers everything you need - a bit on the expensive side in some cases, but be careful and go there w/ what you need, you'll be fine. Several NICE base lodges w/ pretty nice amenities, lots of lockers, clean..
I'd chuck the East and get there yesterday if I could convince my other to come w/ me. My new favorite