Are you ready to earn your turns? Are you an advanced or expert skier / rider? Do you have avalanche training, beacons, probes and shovels? If so, then Mammoth Lakes has some of the best and most easily accessible backcountry available. Mammoth Lakes is also blessed with deep winter snows and long, cool springs, which help preserve the mountain snowpack and provide some of the nicest backcountry conditions in the West. There is nothing quite like the untouched wild for pure freedom, and Mammoth Lakes offers countless acres of freedom in the form of untracked powder. Backcountry skiing and snowboarding can be a safe and enjoyable way to experience clean air, pristine snow and amazing sights. Discover the world beyond lift lines and groomed slopes.
Weather in mountainous terrain is unpredictable. In winter, storms are frequent and whiteouts are common year-round. Mountaintops or summits can be stormy while the rest of the area is warm and sunny. Always be prepared!
Anyplace where snow accumulates on slopes may well be an avalanche risk, and as a backcountry skier, slopes where snow accumulates are just the sorts of places where you're likely to be. Avalanches can occur any time of the year. All skiers, boarders and mountaineers should learn to recognize signs of possible avalanche. All parties attempting a winter backcountry outing should be experienced in winter mountaineering, avalanche forecasting and rescue. Obtain a current weather forecast before going out, and turn back if weather conditions deteriorate. Also check with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center by calling 760-924-7746. There are a few things to consider before venturing out. Are you mentally and physically fit? Is your equipment in top-notch condition? Did you contact the Inyo National Forest office? If not, call them at 760-924-5500.