Mammoth MountainWhat sets Mammoth Mountain apart is an 11,053 foot summit and over 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, including steep, heart-pumping chutes, wide open bowls, tree skiing, bumps, gullies, and wide open, well groomed trails. The mountains average over 400 inches of snow per year thanks to weather patterns that deliver moisture from the Pacific and form over the Sierra. That's why it's typically one of the first resorts to open each season and has gained a reputation as one of the world's best spots for spring skiing. Sometimes the mountain is skiable until July 4th. By late April the ski area is less expensive and less crowded. The climate and topography allow for a perfect morning of skiing followed by a game of golf, fishing or mountain biking at lower elevations around town.
Snowmaking: 477 acres/193 hectares, covering 48 trails (33%)
Number of Lifts: 28 2 six-pack, 10 quads (9 high-speed detachable), 7 triples, 4 doubles, 3 gondolas and 2 surface lifts (2 pomas).
Number of Trails: 150 named trails
Uphill Capacity: 50,000 riders per hour
Longest Run: 3 miles
Terrain: 15% expert, 20% advanced, 40% intermediate, 25% beginner
Facilities: 4 day lodges, 10 sport shops, 9 rental/repair shops, 1 on-hill snack bar, 3 food courts/cafeterias, ski and snowboard school, race department, lockers, hotel and condominium accommodations, 5 restaurants, 7 bars, child care and game room. For more information call Mammoth Mountain Ski Area - 800-626-6684 (800-Mammoth) or 760-934-2571.
Lessons: Taking a lesson from one of Mammoth Mountain's outstanding team of professional AASI/PSIA certified instructors will help you become a passionate, lifelong skier. After a day on the slopes, as you start to improve your skills, you'll learn an important lesson - the better you get, the more fun you'll have.
June MountainFor a more intimate skiing experience, nearby June Mountain offers plenty of fun terrain, including groomed trails and backcountry experiences. It's a great choice for families with younger kids who want world-class skiing, but with smaller crowds.
Averaging 250 inches of snow per year, June Mountain has a shorter season than Mammoth Mountain, but its terrain is well suited to young families, novices in need of a lesson or two (with more personal attention thanks to smaller crowds), and anyone who loves amazing views.
Number of Lifts: 7
Number of Trails: 35
Longest Run: 2 miles
Terrain: 20% advanced, 45% intermediate, 35% beginner