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Mammoth is well named – it’s absolutely mammoth! With over 3,500 acres of skiable terrain it’s the largest ski area in California. It also just happens to have one of the longest ski seasons in North America, with the resort typically staying open from mid November into early June!
At 11,000 feet the resort has the highest summit of any of the Californian resorts and as a result, typically receives up to 400 inches of powder snow each season. Last year they enjoyed well over 200 days of skiing! This is one of the best resorts in the USA for powder snow and a great resort for spring and late season skiing.
With over 150 trails, skiers of all abilities will have a great time exploring Mammoth mountain. 40% of the resort is ideal for intermediates. Beginners are well looked after as Mammoth is one of the best resorts in the USA for first timers with a great ski school programme. Advanced skiers will love the regular powder days and exploring the vast bowls and steep and deep chutes.
The ski school at Mammoth is consistently voted one of the best in North America and there are dedicated learning areas on the mountain for first timers. Beginners can enjoy numerous green runs surrounding the learning zones and will be able to ski from the top of the mountain back to the base area on gentle blue trails like Road Runner.
40% of the mountain is perfect for intermediates. There are several great trails on the lower third of the mountain served by the Gold Rush Chair. Mammoth has specific trails for advanced intermediates marked with Blue/Black squares and strong intermediates will enjoy trails like Relief, Quicksilver and Haven’t got the Foggiest.
Advanced skiers have a fantastic choice of terrain with around 35% of the resort to conquer. You can try mogul runs, vast bowls, steeps and deeps and with over 400 inches of snow every season, deep powder. The best powder stashes are usually found on the front side of Chair 22 on our favourite runs, Grizzly and Shaft.
Snowboarders will love exploring Mammoth. The natural terrain offers some great riding and the resort is renowned for its terrain parks and super-pipe.
The modern purpose built village is located at the base of the mountain and offers slopeside accommodation, Gondola access to the slopes and a good variety of shops, bars and restaurants. The Village is the social hub of the resort. Nearby Mammoth Lakes is linked by a regular shuttle bus and offers additional accommodation, shops and restaurants. If you want to maximise your ski time, then staying in the Mountain Village is your best option.
Mammoth is a great choice for your Easter ski trip, as late season conditions are usually fantastic here. It’s also a good resort to add into a California Snow Safari road trip. It’s a little further away from the Lake Tahoe area – but it’s definitely worth adding Mammoth into your itinerary.