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Mammoth or Heavenly Feb 2014

post #1 of 15
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Hi, 

 

I'm arranging a ski trip with 6-10 people this winter and have narrowed it down to Mammoth or Heavenly for a week, most of the group are advanced with one or two intermediates. We are not interested in crazy nightlife, just great skiing without crowds. Bowls, trees, groomers, long cruisers and fast lifts are all good. I wanted to ask your opinions on these two resorts in late February. Will the conditions be good, is it too cold, crowded, etc. Ski-in, Ski-out lodging is very high on the priority list, we are planning on renting a house or large condo.

Might fly into Mammoth directly from Boston or fly to Vegas and have a two day driving/sightseeing tour. We could also fly into Reno and drive. It would be nice to fly direct and NOT have a car to deal with. Do you think a car is a must at these two resorts?

 

 

Thanks for you advice,

 

Binobear

post #2 of 15

Mammoth, without a doubt.

post #3 of 15

Mammoth. 

Fly into Reno and enjoy the gorgeous drive from here to Mammoth.  Its gorgeous.  The drive from las Vegas isn't nearly as gorgeous. 

post #4 of 15

Definately Mammoth over Heavenly.  Also, I would agree to fly into Reno.  The drive is very nice and seems to go by pretty quick due to the scenery.

post #5 of 15

And you can ski at Kirkwood on your way down to Mammoth - a much better stop than Heavenly.

post #6 of 15

Another one for Mammoth. Most of the terrain is open bowl and above the tree line so dial back your expectations in that regard but it is overall a great, great mountain. You say you want ski in/ski out lodging and that's fine but make sure to end one of your first few days at the Mill Cafe at the bottom of Stump Alley (Chair 2). Its addicting.

post #7 of 15

There's not much ski/in out at Heavenly, the best being on the road next to Stagecoach lift. 

 

Check air travel times and routes and prices.  I know there's a $69 one way fare before 7/4 on sale from San Diego to Mammoth on Alaskan. Might be worth looking into??? Might be other sale prices to celebrate Alaskan Air's ties to Mammoth. Then at Mammoth there's a shuttle (free?) to certain hotels.

post #8 of 15

Mammoth.

 

There's the Epic gathering in Mammoth+Squaw/Alpine in late March. Maybe that thread will give you ideas on how to plan, where to go.

 

Mammoth has a decent shuttle system that goes from the mountain to the Village ("I am not a number") and to the rest of the town and to Tamarack (nice hotel & x-country center).

post #9 of 15

Mammoth, better snow and far better skiing

 

Fly in and stay at the base in the village near one of the gondolas.

 

No car needed biggrin.gif

post #10 of 15
Mammoth,Mammoth,Mammoth just don't start on a Sat when the LA crazies are there
post #11 of 15

Yes, Mammoth and I like Heavenly for te record but Mammoth is on a whole different level.

post #12 of 15

I'll add my local recommendation to the unanimous opinions above.   Heavenly can be very good but it does not handle crowds well; lots of chokepoints and traverses.  Mammoth has a seamless layout, lifts nearly everywhere designed to handle peak weekends smoothly. As a result nearly all the lifts are ski-on with no waiting midweek.

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Ski-in, Ski-out lodging is very high on the priority list

That will cost you some extra at Mammoth.  Most of the walk-to-the-lifts lodging is owned by the ski area in the Village, Mammoth Mt. Inn or Juniper Springs.  There are a few other places near Canyon and Eagle lodges.  Look carefully at a map before booking around Canyon as it can be a steep walk up the hill at 8,400 feet if you're not at one of the properties like 1849 or St. Anton that are across the street from the lodge. 

 

Lodging can be much cheaper in town.  If you fly to Reno or Vegas and thus have cars, that's probably a better plan.

 

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Fly into Reno and enjoy the gorgeous drive from here to Mammoth.  Its gorgeous.  The drive from las Vegas isn't nearly as gorgeous.

The drive from Vegas can be through Death Valley, which may appeal to some and will be quite comfortable in February if you want to spend any time there.

post #13 of 15

Are you kidding?  Expert skiers in Tahoe choose Squaw, Alpine or Kirkwood over Heavenly any day of the week.   Mammoth mountain is a world class resort that also caters to expert skiers with its' abundant snowfall and endless expert terrain.  The base of Mammoth mountain is higher than most of Heavenly.  This one is a no brainer.

post #14 of 15

Despite all the haters, Heavenly does have some nice terrain and truly spectacular views.  The complaints about weekend crowding and a sprawling, hard-to-navigate layout are valid.  But you might want to spend a weekday there for the view alone.

 

Mammoth has a lot more advanced/expert terrain and is less crowded.  Definitely a better place to spend a whole week if you're picking one area.

post #15 of 15
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Hi, 

 

I'm arranging a ski trip with 6-10 people this winter and have narrowed it down to Mammoth or Heavenly for a week, most of the group are advanced with one or two intermediates. We are not interested in crazy nightlife, just great skiing without crowds. Bowls, trees, groomers, long cruisers and fast lifts are all good. I wanted to ask your opinions on these two resorts in late February. Will the conditions be good, is it too cold, crowded, etc. Ski-in, Ski-out lodging is very high on the priority list, we are planning on renting a house or large condo.

Might fly into Mammoth directly from Boston or fly to Vegas and have a two day driving/sightseeing tour. We could also fly into Reno and drive. It would be nice to fly direct and NOT have a car to deal with. Do you think a car is a must at these two resorts?

 

 

Thanks for you advice,

 

Binobear

 

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