FAQs for COVID-19 Recreation & Activities
Mammoth Lakes is excited to be welcoming guests back to recreate in our beloved mountains. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about recreation and activity closures in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding areas.
Is Mammoth Lakes open?
Mammoth Lakes is welcoming guests back to recreate in our beloved mountains. While most of your favorite activities and businesses are open, some may be closed or operating with reduced hours and new regulations. Check with each activity or business before you visit to plan and make reservations for lift tickets and other activities in advance.
NOTE: Mammoth Lakes is currently in the red tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which means most businesses are able to operate indoors with limited capacity.
Am I required to wear a mask in Mammoth Lakes?
Masks are required in all public spaces in Mammoth Lakes. When indoors, masks are mandatory, unless you are actively eating or drinking. When outdoors, masks are mandatory when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, including in lines and on chair lifts.
Is Mammoth Mountain open?
Mammoth Mountain is currently open daily, with limited access to terrain (conditions permitting). Staff is working hard to keep guests safe on the mountain with new safety protocols, contactless rentals, mandatory pre-booking of lift tickets, preference to season pass holders and reduced capacity for all indoor spaces, including lodges and transportation.
NOTE: Advanced purchase is required for lift tickets. Season pass holders are not required to make reservations at this time.
What activities are open in Mammoth Lakes?
Most activities in Mammoth Lakes are permitted to open as conditions permit. Contact any open activities for information about safety precautions and new systems in place to keep guests safe:
- Mammoth Mountain – open*
- Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center – Opening date has been postponed due to lack of snowpack. Please check back for updates.
- Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play – expected December 10*
- Mammoth Ice Rink – expected November 27*
- Snowmobile Tours – expected December 10*
- Snowcat Tours – closed; no operations for the 2020/21 season
- Scenic Gondola – open*
- Mammoth Rock N Bowl – open
- Minaret Cinemas – open
Can I rent or purchase recreation equipment at retail stores in town?
Mammoth Lakes retail stores are open for in-store purchases and rentals as well as curbside pick-up. Check the store’s website or contact the store directly for more information about hours of operation and available services.
Are restaurants in Mammoth Lakes open?
Yes, most restaurants in Mammoth Lakes are open, with limited indoor seating. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Many restaurants are also offering takeout options or delivery through Doorstep Deliveries. If you choose to order takeout, send only one member of your party into the restaurant to pick up your order to help eliminate crowding in waiting areas.
NOTE: When dining in, masks are required unless you are actively eating or drinking.
Are any events happening in Mammoth Lakes?
Many Mammoth Lakes events have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. Some virtual events may still be available during your visit.
What transportation options are available in Mammoth Lakes?
Public transportation is currently operating at 50 percent capacity. See the COVID-19 Transportation Safety page for more details.