How to Pack For a Winter Trip to Mammoth Lakes

Riding fresh groomers, après ski drinks by the fireplace, dinner and wine followed by a hot soak in the Jacuzzi — a winter weekend in Mammoth Lakes sounds fantastic, right? But not so fast! First, you have to figure out how to pack for a winter weekend so you stay warm, dry and cozy.
 
If you’re anything like me, packing for a weekend getaway is tedious and the least fun part of a vacation. And ski trips tend to have more gear, which means more packing. But traveling to Mammoth Lakes for the weekend doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s your guide on what to pack for a winter weekend to Mammoth Lakes.

 

What to Pack for a Winter Trip to Mammoth Lakes

Outerwear for Skiing & Snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain

Stay warm for a full day on Mammoth Mountain with these essential items for skiing and snowboarding.

  • Thermals – Keep warm with top and bottom thermal layers. Find something that fits close to the skin and made from wool or another lightweight breathable material.
  • Fleece top – You’ll want to pack a warmer second layer fleece top to layer over thermals and under a jacket.
  • Vest – A lightweight synthetic or down vest is a great option for another warm layer that can be added or taken off depending on the weather.
  • Waterproof pants and jacket – Pants and a jacket that are waterproof and designed specifically for skiing or snowboarding are an essential item for your packing list. Something lightweight will be easy to pack and versatile with warm layers underneath.
  • Ski or snowboard socks  – Many people make the mistake of skiing in thick winter socks, but your best bet for keeping your feet warm and avoiding blisters is to ski in thin socks made specifically for skiing. Pack a few pairs so you have a fresh pair for each day you’re out on the hill.
  • Waterproof gloves – Waterproof breathable gloves are a must-pack for your weekend ski trip so your hands stay warm and dry while you’re out in any weather.
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava – A fuzzy neck gaiter will keep the warmth in and the wind out. Or consider packing a full face mask is nice for stormy days.

Equipment for Skiing & Snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain

Whether you’re packing your own gear, renting gear or doing a bit of both, here’s a list of the essential equipment for skiing or snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain.

  • Helmet – Skiing and snowboarding is an extreme sport that involves high speeds, ice, rocks, and lots of other people. Don’t forget to pack your helmet.
  • Goggles – Sunglasses won’t cut it on the snow. Goggles will keep your eyes protected from wind, snow, and sun.
  • Skis or snowboard – Unless you plan on renting, you’ll want to bring your skis and snowboards.
  • Ski poles – If you are bringing your own skis, throw in the poles. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Boots – Even if you do rent skis or a snowboard it’s nice to have your own boots. Pack them.

Winter Clothes for Off-the-Snow Fun in Mammoth Lakes

From après ski to dinner or shopping, pack a few cozy outfits for around the lodge and something to wear on the town.

  • Cozy loungewear – Whether it’s fancy yoga wear or a velour tracksuit, you’ll want to pack a warm and comfy top and bottom for lounging around the cabin.
  • Warm sweaters – Pack a few cozy sweaters that are nicer than your loungewear to for going out on the town.
  • Jeans – Mammoth Lakes is a jeans town, so you can wear jeans to pretty much any restaurant in town.
  • Sturdy winter boots – Even if there is no snow in the forecast for your winter trip to Mammoth Lakes, there will likely be snow or ice on the ground while you’re here. A sturdy pair of boots with a good grip is a must for getting around town.
  • Warm jacket – A long down coat is fantastic, so you don’t have to wear your ski coat everywhere you go.
  • Scarf – Layer up at night with a fuzzy scarf to keep you warm en-route to your dinner reservations.
  • Hat and gloves – If you plan on window shopping or walking around town, you’ll want to pack a warm hat and gloves.
  • Slippers or extra cozy socks – After a long day skiing its nice to get cozy in your cabin, which is the perfect place for slippers or those too-thick-for-skiing socks I mentioned earlier.
  • Swimsuit – There is nothing better than a hot soak after a day on the slopes. Bring your bikini or swim trunks and hit the Jacuzzi for après ski.

Personal Items for a Winter Trip to Mammoth Lakes

In addition to your standard travel toiletries, a ski trip requires a few extra personal items. Don’t leave these things at home.

  • Sunscreen – Sun protection is mandatory when you are spending time outside at high elevation, in the cold, and on the snow.
  • Lip balm – Protect your lips with a moisturizing lip balm with SPF.
  • Moisturizer – The wind and cold will leave your skin feeling chapped and dry. Bring your best moisturizer for nighttime repair.
  • Sunglasses – You’ll want sun protection for your eyes post-ski.
  • Camera – If you don’t post a picture did your ski trip really happen? Tag @visitmammoth and #nosmalladventure.

 

Where to Shop for Winter Gear in Mammoth Lakes

If you forgot something at home or are still building out your winter wardrobe and ski gear set up, Mammoth Lakes has plenty of options for shopping for winter clothing and snowsports equipment. 

Shopping for Snowsports Equipment in Mammoth Lakes

Find everything from goggles and helmets to ski socks boots at these Mammoth Lakes shops.

Shopping for Winter Clothing in Mammoth Lakes

Shop for winter jackets, base layers, boots and other winter clothing at these Mammoth Lakes stores.

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle is an outdoors, wine, and travel writer who would rather be running, climbing, or mountain biking. See more of Monica's posts here, read more of her work at monicaprelle.com and connect on twitter @monicaprelle

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