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Request for info on Mammoth

post #1 of 7
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I am planning a trip, but I am not yet sure where! No doubt you can recognise the problem. Mammoth is on our list of possibles, but I would like some further info. My son and I are going and we are both probably advanced skiers(as we would see it). If you have been to Whistler, we can ski the single black diamonds reasonably well, the double blacks are another matter! Likewise we skied Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows last year and covered a fair bit of the terrain. We would have to go end March/Early April due to his school calendar. What is it like then? Any recommendations on where to stay, we would have a car as we would drive up from LAX. Ideally we would like to walk to the lifts, but since we have a car that might not be a problem, though I would prefer not to have to drive and then walk a long way to the lifts, if possible. As regards the living area, comfortable and clean is what we are looking for, with some capacity to cook . Separate sleeping areas are a must !! Awashing machine/dryer would be useful.
post #2 of 7
I've stayed at the Shilo Inn in years past. Nothing fancy, but the rates ought to be reasonable. There is a shuttle stop about a 5 minute walk away. On the shuttle you can get to the main lodge or any of the other places to catch a lift. You'll be left right in front of wherever you're going and it will be a short walk to the lift. The shuttle is free.

If you drive, and there's two of you, then drive up to the lift ticket area, drop off your equipment and passenger, go get your parking space, and walk unencumbered back to where you left your passenger.

If you know you will be returning the the same base station the next day, there are coin operated lockers that 2 people can puts boots, skiis, and poles into. The next day you show up at the locker, get your gear, put your shoes in the locker, and you're ready to go without all the schlepping.

They have just built (and are building?) a new gondola station in the town of Mammoth Lakes with lodging around it. I've not taken that gondola, but it must take you to one of the base lifts. Its looks like its pricey to stay there.

johnny
post #3 of 7
I forgot to mention that Mammoth should have plenty of black runs. It is a big mountain. I've been there the time of year you are mentioning. One year, the snow tended to get mushy in the afternoons, and the next, the conditions were better. I wouldn't go any later.

BTW, I'm an intermediate so I can't really attest to how tought the blacks are, but there are a bunch of them.


BTW, here's a link to the Mammoth website:
http://www.mammothmountain.com/index.cfm

johnny
post #4 of 7
You should enjoy Mammoth. At the time you are going, the resort should still be in full operation. (Eagle and Canyon Lodge areas close near the end of April)

Be prepared for any kind of weather.

If you can get some friends to come along, a cheap way to stay is to divvy up a condo. That way you will have separate sleeping areas, cooking, and laundry. And as othgiskier said, the free shuttle is very convenient.

Check with the condo operators for specials. Midweek = cheaper, and some offer a free night if you stay so many nights, etc. Look for lodging + lift ticket packages.

Also, don't forget June mountain. A Mammoth ticket is good at June, which is 20 minutes north of Mammoth, and a good place to go when Mammoth is crowded, such as on weekends. In fact, consider looking for lodging in the June lakes area, which should be cheaper than Mammoth lakes.

Don't hesitate to take the upper gondola to the top. There is a cat-track around the back side (upper road runner, designated "blue") which will take you back down without having to do a black run, and you can inspect climax, cornice bowl and scotty's along the way.

Have Fun!
post #5 of 7
colin -

This is shaping up to be an El Nino year. That means the Sierra Nevadas will get some unbelievable dumps of snow. You have no idea how much snow can fall in a short period of time on the west coast ranges. Be sure to make every effort you can to get to Mammoth no matter what the weather. Once there use the weather as an excuse to extend your stay.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by stvbck
Also, don't forget June mountain. A Mammoth ticket is good at June, which is 20 minutes north of Mammoth, and a good place to go when Mammoth is crowded, such as on weekends. In fact, consider looking for lodging in the June lakes area, which should be cheaper than Mammoth lakes.

Don't hesitate to take the upper gondola to the top. There is a cat-track around the back side (upper road runner, designated "blue") which will take you back down without having to do a black run, and you can inspect climax, cornice bowl and scotty's along the way.Have Fun!
If you're an expert, one day at June will be plenty. Its not a big mountain, but as an intermediate, I've had some wonderful days there.

Also, taking the gondola to the top of Mammoth is good, because if you don't want to take the blue run down, you can ride the gondala down.

johnny
post #7 of 7
Mammoth is full of condos that are not expensive. Most of them are near a shuttle stop that will take you to one of the lodges, or the new Village gondy. Call Mammoth Properties 888-MAMMOTH, and telt them what you want. March and April can have just about any weather. Last year was spring like and warm, the year before we got 6 feet in April. Take a lesson, to find out where the best snow is at various times of day. It's a big mountain, and there could be excellent skiing to be had on a seemingly rock hard/total mush day.
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