IDK, Mojave is kind of a sketchy desert town prolly full of meth heads. Lancaster is full of gangstas. Palmdale is slightly less gangsta. Maybe Santa Clarita just to give you a little head start in the am? I'm sure you would be fine but just my take.
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Mammoth Mid May Worth It? - Page 2post #31 of 444/18/16 at 7:40pm
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #32 of 444/18/16 at 7:50pm
Another vote for driving all the way up and staying at the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Leaving LA at 7 would put you in around midnight. Wherever you decide to rest your head, there's no way around the math of: drive time + sleep time = start time. Might as well roll out of bed across the parking lot from the gondola. They should have late season rate deals.post #33 of 444/18/16 at 10:44pm
I made it from Long Beach to Mammoth in 5 and a half hours a couple weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon/evening. I don't know how late you like to stay up but I'd definitely try to get to at least Lone Pine, if not Bishop. The drive through the desert is really quite easy.post #34 of 444/19/16 at 9:24amQuote = cosmoliu:Wherever you decide to rest your head, there's no way around the math of: drive time + sleep time = start time.
This is true but if the ski days are Sat/Sun/Mon that means he's driving Friday evening. From where in L.A.? If it's Westside/LAX area it's possible 7PM is still on the early side for battling some rush hour traffic until he gets at least to the 14 Freeway past Santa Clarita.
Given time change coming from the East Coast and departure perhaps 8PM, I'd vote now for Lone Pine or Bishop Friday night.post #35 of 444/19/16 at 8:41pm
I think his point is that he doesn't want to drive on a long straight boring drive (by himself?) at night while tired. 3 hours ahead is significant. I wouldn't want to start that drive at 10 o'clock our time. Get out of LA a bit and sleep then do a half day for your 1st day at Mammoth. It doesn't really start getting good until noon anyways.post #36 of 444/20/16 at 3:56pmQuote = agreen:It doesn't really start getting good until noon anyways.
This is only true on a cool/cloudy/unsettled spring day, but on a warm one you want to be on the hill by 9AM minimum. On a hot day the lower runs will be sticky before noon. Average spring conditions are best low and partial east facing from before 9AM to maybe 10:30. Upper runs with partial east exposure like Cornice/Climax will still soften by mid-morning. The Wipe Out side of chair 23 (steep and partial NW) is last to soften, so it's the best place to be post noon on the warmer days.
The problem is that there is not much in the way of lodging between Mojave and Lone Pine. My vote remains for at least Lone Pine.post #37 of 444/20/16 at 4:23pmThread StarterI booked a place in lone pine which will get me in a little late but should be ok.
Any tips on discount lift tickets. Window rate is 100. I'm thinking of getting a costco 4-pac for 300 and then trying to sell the extra ticket.post #38 of 444/20/16 at 4:45pmQuote:
Maybe a MVP holder will chime in with an offer to turn you on to friends/family tickets. If not, drop me a PM and I will see if a friend of mine with a pass can help. He helped me with tickets for my nephew and his girlfriend a couple of weeks ago and should have three left. As to the Costco vouchers, some folks sold three standing in the ticket line behind me at Main Lodge this past Saturday. Maybe the Costco vouchers don't have the same proscription against resale as normal lift tickets, but I still thought it was a little cheeky.post #39 of 444/21/16 at 9:24pmQuote:Maybe a MVP holder will chime in with an offer to turn you on to friends/family tickets.
I have the MVP and sent nathnvg a PM requesting info to get him Bring-a-Friend tickets.post #40 of 444/21/16 at 10:11pmpost #41 of 444/29/16 at 6:07pmThread Starter
Thanks for the tips everyone. Skiing Mammoth in late spring is worth it. Staying near lone pine was a good suggestion and thanks again Tony for the discount tixs. Full trip report at:post #42 of 443/6/17 at 6:27pmpost #43 of 443/6/17 at 7:11pm
I will predict a heck of a lot of fun! Deep base, steep corn, and slush bumps. Drinking beer on the patio at the mid chalet (now called Mccoys but I prefer the old school) soaking up the sun while creating epic goggle tans. As Ive stated a few times already I will be there April, May, and early July. I love mid winter Mammoth powder days as much as the next guy but IMO Mammoth really shines (no pun intended) in the Spring when they have a deep base. And this year they have a really really deep base. Cant wait!!!!post #44 of 443/7/17 at 7:06am
Yes, look for a great late season. I can see getting in as many as 15 days at Mammoth April-July.
You should still watch short term weather forecasts. What you want are clear warm days with freezing overnight. It can still snow in May. The bad days are the ones right before and at the start of a storm when it's cold and the mountain stays frozen. Right after the storm is still good for a morning of powder.
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