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post #31 of 43
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She said she just likes Mammoth that much better, and it is much better managed. I have to say that the way that place is run is definitely pretty darn good. We've always had a good experience on all accounts. I just received an email survey regarding our experience there last week and even though it was a long one, I was happy to provide positive feedback.

There's periodic whining on the Mammoth Forum about the mountain "going corporate," changes from the Dave McCoy era.  Especially during/after last season when there were mid-season layoffs and the closing of June Mt. for 2012-13, both forced by the banks holding the debt from the Starwood purchase in 2006.  My observation is that mountain operations are maintained at a high level comparable to the Dave McCoy years.  Mammoth is a somewhat unusual ski market in having a lot of SoCal residents (often second homeowners) who ski nowhere else.  I've told a few of them online that if they got around and skied other places they would more appreciate the way Mammoth is usually managed.   Nonetheless I think it was really dumb for Starwood to saddle a weather dependent business like a ski area with that much debt.

 

Mammoth retains its natural advantage over the Tahoe areas in terms of near immunity to rain and superb snow preservation deep into the spring.

post #32 of 43

Interesting thoughts, Tony. I browse those forums once in awhile and have seen some of the complaints. Seems sometimes the same people then complain about costs increasing. It's just a tough economic time all around, and throw in uncontrollable variables like weather and bad things (layoffs) can happen.

 

I, for one, love the mountain and how they really put an emphasis on customer service. It's an expensive activity no matter where. Being treated like my being there matters means a lot and keeps me coming back.

post #33 of 43
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Testing out a GoPro tomorrow - will share any footage worth sharing!

OK, it's been 4 days now, where the video at?

post #34 of 43

Years ago I too occasionally used to ski Mammoth during my 2-day weekends, but then the walk up lift ticket prices and gas became excessive so have not been down there for about a decade.  Heck I haven't skied Squaw or Heavenly for more than a decade either since they jacked walk up tickets. 

 

I live in the South SF Bay Area and often have a KW pass so after work some Friday's late afternoons would drive the 220 miles over SR88 on Carson pass and stay at one of the cheap Minden/Gardernerville motels.  Then on Saturday morning, Mammoth is a straight 125 mile 2 hour shot down near empty US395.  A couple decades ago there were a few cheaper motels less than $50 like Motel 6 about Mammoth but the rest of the lodging industry there hated that with a vengeance so they've long gone.   So now lodging has gone Vail.   Thus after skiing Saturday, I'd just drive 2 hours north back to Gardnerville and stay there cheaply.  And on Sunday would drive the 35 miles on SR88 to KW for the second day before heading home.  Would still play that game if I could get tickets below maybe $70 because it does have some terrific skiing especially in the spring after a wind event has smoothed up The Cornice steeps.

post #35 of 43
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Years ago I too occasionally used to ski Mammoth during my 2-day weekends, but then the walk up lift ticket prices and gas became excessive so have not been down there for about a decade.  Heck I haven't skied Squaw or Heavenly for more than a decade either since they jacked walk up tickets. 

 

I live in the South SF Bay Area and often have a KW pass so after work some Friday's late afternoons would drive the 220 miles over SR88 on Carson pass and stay at one of the cheap Minden/Gardernerville motels.  Then on Saturday morning, Mammoth is a straight 125 mile 2 hour shot down near empty US395.  A couple decades ago there were a few cheaper motels less than $50 like Motel 6 about Mammoth but the rest of the lodging industry there hated that with a vengeance so they've long gone.   So now lodging has gone Vail.   Thus after skiing Saturday, I'd just drive 2 hours north back to Gardnerville and stay there cheaply.  And on Sunday would drive the 35 miles on SR88 to KW for the second day before heading home.  Would still play that game if I could get tickets below maybe $70 because it does have some terrific skiing especially in the spring after a wind event has smoothed up The Cornice steeps.

Well you can get a season pass for $549 at mammoth in the spring and even use it until they close.  I bought mine last spring and used it 3 days before they closed, went up thanksgiving got another 3 days on it and the season has just started.  I figure if I get another dozen days on it thats about $30 a day, If you stay in Bishop it's a lot cheaper.   

post #36 of 43
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Well you can get a season pass for $549 at mammoth in the spring and even use it until they close.  I bought mine last spring and used it 3 days before they closed, went up thanksgiving got another 3 days on it and the season has just started.  I figure if I get another dozen days on it thats about $30 a day, If you stay in Bishop it's a lot cheaper.   

 

The season pass is ALWAYS so tempting, but until we retire from the military life, we just can't do it :(  Unless they offer a military clause that gives us a refund if we move. For now, we use their military discount which is fantastic! 

post #37 of 43
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8:54 and 2 runs down from Canyon to get the blood flowing

Just spent some very quality time on 23 and 14 - thanks for the awesome suggestions all! Here's the view on 14:

Having fun doing this from my phone - hope the edits aren't annoying anyone smile.gif
Gorgeous out here - heading up to the sunshine:

Edit: hit lift 5 for a bit now heading on the Gondola to Cornice Bowl. Not too crowded - no lines at all thus far:

Edit: one from up top and one on the way down Cornice

Glad to see you're getting out.  Looking forward to more TR's from you. 

 

 


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OK, it's been 4 days now, where the video at?

 

What he said!  C'mon Dan bring it!

 

 

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BTW I see you are a founder. Does that mean you helped start epicski? If so, thanks very much

agreen

 

I was going to answer this but AC did it himself.  

I have yet to ski with him but look forward to seeing him back on snow. 

Its going to be an Epic winter!

 

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Awesome info, thanks everyone!
agreen, yes -- I started EpicSki years ago. I was the only one in this forum in the beginning, starting discussion threads with myself (a few different usernames) to create some content and momentum. Then others started showing up.
It's come a long way since then.
post #38 of 43

Just got back from a 3 day wkend.

Snow was tremendous, not a bad spot on the entire mtn.

Snow depth at the top gondi station is just 3 ft below the top of the sign post - incredible?

you have to step up when you leave the gondi station!

Friday was actually the most skier traffic, but still a light Friday. Saturday had less skiers and the chairs which traditionally had large lines (like chr 5) were often 'ski up'; and usually never more than 4 or 5 groups before you. Sunday was absolutely deserted - some all day snow action helped keep the fair weather skiers/bders off the hill.

gonna be an incredible season!

mammoth is at its best right now!
 

 

no pics - I wuz too busy...

post #39 of 43

61 now, skied there from 1953. Dave McCoy found quite a mountain. Dad took us up early and often. The old roads were terrors w/ the one lane passing required. The town is newer and better, trying to get some charm, but the access road is pretty crowded still, and the hill has always been what's best about MM.

 

Be careful late at night as there have been people jumped in the very wee hours.

 

We started going to Park City 10 years ago and just love the European charm of that area, not to mention the low taxes and superb groomers available. But MM is a huge Alpine peak that is magnificent to look up at from the saddle near the top of the back of #3. Top of Gondola view is spectacular on a clear day. The minarets and sawtooth peaks will induce apt retrospection.

 

Too bad the eruption didn't happen two hundred miles closer to Los Angeles.

post #40 of 43

Hi AC

 

Welcome back!

 

YUP, We've come a long way.

 

RE places to stay, If you don't mind Dorm/hostel type lodging, you can check this place out.

 

http://www.mammoth-guest.com/

 

I've stayed here many times and it's always been comfortable and way less expensive than a motel Lots more space, a place to wax skis, and usually someone has a fire going by the time I get there.

 

If you stay in the dorm you may need some ear plugs.. If you go with 2-3 other people, you can reserve a room for just a little more per person.

 

DC

post #41 of 43

TR from Jan. 7-9: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10726

Still very good, but not quitre as amazing as in December.  However it snowed ~8 inches the night I went home.

post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by dave_SSS View Post

 A couple decades ago there were a few cheaper motels less than $50 like Motel 6 about Mammoth but the rest of the lodging industry there hated that with a vengeance so they've long gone.   So now lodging has gone Vail.   

 

Motel 6 is still alive and well in Mammoth Lakes. Supply and demand, and inflation, work their magic however - and Motel 6 will now run you around $100 a night. But adjusted for inflation that's not more than $50 20 years ago.

 

Yes there are more luxury options in Mammoth now but there's still plenty of budget lodging. And those who need their fix always find a way - ski club houses, spare beds in the homes of locals, etc.

 

Also if you make friends with a passholder they can get you tickets for $69 a day, non-holiday.

post #43 of 43

Going to Mammoth this weekend. Can't wait!!! It's one of my favorite places to ski. Great snow, plenty of terrain and diverse slopes. Takes me a weekend to ski it all. 

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