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Question for the community:  My daughter got an offer to teach at Mammoth, but none of us really know the area.  We've been Aspen/Snowmass/Steamboat, and to all the areas in Utah.  But we've never skied in CA.  What is the mountain like?  Does it feel "alpine" like, say Colorado does in the winter?  If she wants to ski somewhere else (Tahoe?), can she get there?  Will it feel like she got in some mountain time?  She is 23, primarily a carve-oriented and freeride snowboarder who is taking a year off after college.  She is going alone, so it needs to be an area where she will meet like-minded and similarly-aged young people.  The traditional one or two year ski bum experience is what she is after, but she's definitely more ski than party oriented. 

 

Mammoth seems to get good reviews here and elsewhere, but I don't know anyone who's been.

Info?  Thoughts? 

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Originally Posted by tch View Post

Question for the community:  My daughter got an offer to teach at Mammoth, but none of us really know the area.  We've been Aspen/Snowmass/Steamboat, and to all the areas in Utah.  But we've never skied in CA.  What is the mountain like?  Does it feel "alpine" like, say Colorado does in the winter?  If she wants to ski somewhere else (Tahoe?), can she get there?  Will it feel like she got in some mountain time?  She is 23, primarily a carve-oriented and freeride snowboarder who is taking a year off after college.  She is going alone, so it needs to be an area where she will meet like-minded and similarly-aged young people.  The traditional one or two year ski bum experience is what she is after, but she's definitely more ski than party oriented. 

 

Mammoth seems to get good reviews here and elsewhere, but I don't know anyone who's been.

Info?  Thoughts? 


Cali resorts have a totally different vibe than colorado and utah hills. especially mammoth. Alpine like feeling i would say yes, but its more of a relaxed feel. everybody does there own thing. its not a big competition like at alot of other resorts. There is also ALOT more snowboarders at mammoth.

Its possible to drive to the tahoe resorts, although its not exactly "close".

there is alot of young people at mammoth. its terrain parks are some of the best, which means lots of younger people.

 


 

 

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Season pass holder here. I love Mammoth. As the name implies, it is a big area with a lot of diversity of terrain. I think she will have a blast up there for the season. It is a pretty young group working the mountain for the most part, so she should be able to make lots of friends if interested. Mammoth gets some HUUUUUUUUGGGGGEEE DUMPS, so as a local, she will score the best powders days. S. Lake Tahoe is an easy 1.5-2 hour drive from Mammoth, but I would rather ski Mammoth than Heavenly.  Add another hour to get to Squaw/Alpine Meadows.  Living up there in the winter would be something I could do easily, as there is enough going on in town to keep me happy too.  But for year around living, I think I would choice Tahoe, but that isn't what we are talking about. So ya, for a winter season or two, she should love it.  A Carve orientated boarder will love Mammoth, as they have one of the largest grooming operations I have ever seen, with an incredible amount of groomed runs.

Have her go to http://forums.mammothmountain.com and click the housing link if she wants to share a place outside of employee housing. Also look at http://www.mammothtimes.com Classifieds for housing.

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she won't be carve-oriented for long.  definitely, do it! some of the best wind-buff conditions on the planet as well. I

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I have friends who bummed in Mammoth and loved it.  Definitely has more of a SoCal slant than Tahoe, however.  Which is both good and bad in different ways.

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The best way to describe Mammoth's vibe is; like the beach, with snow on it.

 

Very laid back, big enough that even weekends are fun and they get a lot of snow. Terrain is very good and you can ski or board 8-9 months out of 12.

 

There are a lot of like minded locals she can ride with, so she will most likely have a blast in Mammoth.

 

 

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I moved out there on my own from GA without knowing anyone.  Did employee housing and met some cool people right off the bat. definitley had a couple bad roommates but I think you get that anywhere. Everyone is there to have a good time. And almost everyone is there to party. I partied my share, but got a second job off the mountain at night so that I wouldnt be partying EVERY night. The snow in Mammoth is plentiful and always fresh stuff for locals.  The terrain is hard to beat.  I cant say the town is that great but it aint too bad either.  Not that ideal for going to Tahoe, but June Mtn. is really close and always provides an awesome (crowdless) day. My advice is to try and work for the mountain as few hours as possible, just enough to get a season pass and all the perks, then get a job at night that frees up more time for skiing/riding..  You can work til midnight and still have plenty of time to have fun afterwards. 

 

oh and go hike the Sherwins!

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she won't be carve-oriented for long.  definitely, do it! some of the best wind-buff conditions on the planet as well. I


That is fo sure.  If you don't like the wind, Mammoth can be a harsh mistress.  On the flip side, it is sunny as much as it is windy.wink.gif

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