The World Renowned Mammoth Mountain
Even before you take your first run, the panoramic views on a clear day from the top of Mammoth Mountain could make your whole trip worthwhile. Whether you're an expert skier looking to challenge yourself on some of California's most unique terrain, or a beginner who wants a beautiful and memorable setting in which to learn the sport, skiing in Mammoth Lakes is an incredible experience. That's why people who visit Mammoth Lakes to ski frequently get hooked and start coming back in the summer as well.
Mammoth not only describes the size of this mountain resort but also the length of the snow season. Mammoth Mountain offers more than 3,500 acres of terrain, 150 trails and an average snowfall of 400 inches (1,0156 cm) of snowfall a season. Lifts are usually transporting happy visitors to the slopes well into June.
What 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 perfectly groomed trails. The mountains average over 400 inches of snow per year thanks to weather patterns that deliver moisture from the Pacific and form storms over the Sierra. That’s why Mammoth Mountain is 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.
Mammoth Mountain Stats
Base Elevation: 7,953 feet / 2,424 meters
Summit Elevation: 11,053 feet / 3,369 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,100 feet/ 945 meters
Lifts: 28 Total
9 high speed quads
2 high speed six-packs
3 high speed gondolas
3,500 skiable acres
150 named trails
More than 300 days of sunshine per year
Average snowfall: 400 inches
Snowmaking: 46 trails
Mammoth Mountain Lodges
There are three base lodges on Mammoth Mountain: Main, Canyon and Eagle.
Main Lodge: 10001 Minaret Road, 4 miles (6.4 K) from Main Street.
Main Lodge is a full-service building with lockers, lift ticket sales, retail stores, rental and demo shops, Woolywood Ski School, lost & found, Broadway Marketplace food court, Tusk's Bar and more. (Open all season)
Canyon Lodge: End of Canyon Blvd, 1 mile (1.6 k) from Main Street. Accessible by The Village at Mammoth Gondola.
Canyon Lodge is a great place for families. Lockers, lift ticket sales, retail, rental and demo shops, Canyon Kids Ski and Snowboard School, lost & found, Grizzly Square food court, Grizzly Bar, retail and more. Open approximately from Thanksgiving through mid-April.
Eagle Lodge: 4000 Meridian Blvd, in town. Meridian runs parallel with Main Street.
Eagle Lodge offers lift tickets, rentals (no demos), ski lessons, lost & found, Talons Diner and Bar, and retail. Open approximately Thanksgiving through mid-April.
Mammoth Mountain Tip
Mammoth Mountain's chair lifts used to be identified by numbers. For the sake of simplicity, Mammoth Mountain founder Dave McCoy called the first chair he installed, "Chair 1," the second chair, "Chair 2," and so on. The identities of several lifts have been changed from numbers to names, but habits are hard to break. If you're feeling confused because someone is referring to Stump Alley Express as Chair 2, this is where that reference originates. The trail maps and chair lifts themselves will have a number after the name to guide you.