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Mountain Stats

  • 400 in of annual snowfall
  • 3499 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 11053 ft, base 7952 ft
  • 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 20% advanced, 6% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/07/2013
  • Projected closing: 05/25/2014

Mammoth Budget Ski Vacation

Since the first chairlift was built in 1955 by Dave McCoy, who owned the resort up until a few years ago, Mammoth has enjoyed popularity as a weekend or day-trip resort. While it still does see large California crowds, Mammoth has become a new hotspot for destination tourists in the last decade thanks to several hundred million in renovations. This is good news for the skier of snowboarder on a Mammoth budget ski vacation, as there are a variety of affordable lodging and dining options to address both the local weekend warrior families and travelers from afar.

Mammoth Budget Hotels

Mammoth offers numerous budget hotels and condos. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top budget picks. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

At Alpenhof Lodge guests can enjoy elegant lodge rooms or three-bedroom deluxe rustic cabins on the shores of Twin Lakes, all for a reasonable price. Alpenhof provides full kitchens in their cabins, making it a great option for families or those on a budget who are looking to save some money by cooking meals in the unit. Family-owned and –operated, the Alpenhof Lodge is in the heart of it all—just steps from the Village at Mammoth and the Village Gondola. The lodge offers a slew of amenities, including a 24-hour front desk, a recreational room with games, like billiards, and onsite restaurants and bars—Petra’s Bistro and Wine Bar and the Clocktower Cellar Pub.

Mammoth Affordable Restaurants

Since the resort is driving distance from Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is a popular weekend trip for city-slickers, you can bet that the restaurants can’t get away with serving up mediocre fare. Mammoth affordable restaurants range from Cali-Mex food to tasty pub eats, pizza, deli sandwiches and bakeries, and are sure to please those on the hunt for high quality and value. For breakfast, lunch or a sweet, flaky afternoon pastry Schat’s Bakery, on Main Street, is the place to go. Don’t miss their flaky, moist croissants, or croissant sandwiches, empanadas or any of their pastries. You’re going to need some willpower. Mammoth has two great, and affordable Mexican joints, Jalapeño and Salsa’s, both located on Old Mammoth Road. For beers, apps and heartier fare, an après-ski meal or two are in order at Clocktower Cellar Pub in the Alpenhof Lodge. You’ll want to try the burgers—which are served on pretzel buns—or the pulled pork, and be sure to sample a couple items on Clocktower’s extensive whiskey list. Vegans and vegetarians will be pleased with Stellar Brew and Deli’s, on Main Street, healthy wraps and sandwiches.

To learn more about Mammoth budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Expert Skiing

When looking at the mountain from afar, it’s clear that the above treeline top half of the mountain is where you’ll find Mammoth expert skiing. The famed ridgeline, which extends the entire resort, comprises more than 30 percent of the resort’s 3,500 skiable acres and is the ultimate expert skier or snowboarders paradise. The ridge and the four lower benches offer experts a never-ending amount of bowl and powder field skiing, as well as short, steep chutes, cliffs, moguls interesting fall line slopes including several gullies and gulches, and several cornice drops. Combine all those delightful terrain nuggets with 400 inches of snowfall a year, and you’ve got one unbeatable playground.

Mammoth Expert Terrain

If you’re looking for some epic Sierra views (and the best Mammoth expert terrain), head straight to the Panorama Gondola. Once at Mammoth’s 11,000-foot “Top of the Sierra” summit, you can see for miles. Look over the ridgeline, or cornice depending on where you’re standing, and get excited. You’re looking down at 2,000-plus feet of wide-open pristine bowl skiing.

As a major California ski resort in close proximity to two large cities—five hours from San Francisco and four and half from Sacramento—you can bet Mammoth sees some crowds. But as an expert skier or snowboarder you can certainly get away from the masses. The secret is to ski the mountain like a local. Start from Eagle Lodge base village on the Eastern-most part of the resort, follow the sun across the mountain. Take a couple laps on Chair 15, 24 or 25, from there head to Chair 22 for your pick of steep black diamonds or even an early-morning pucker on double-black Avalanche chutes. Head to Chair 9, and make your way to the high alpine bowls along the famed Mammoth expert terrain. You have your pick, but if you’re looking for your own piece of paradise White Bark Bowl, and the entire backside of the mountain is usually unoccupied.

Mammoth Unbound Terrain Parks

Mammoth is renowned as a world-class destination for progressive park and halfpipe skiing and snowboarding. The world’s best train here, including Olympic and X Games snowboard hero Shaun White. Mammoth’s freestyle scene includes an 18-foot superpipe and boasts one of the world’s few 22-foot “superduper” pipes. Expert terrain park skiers and riders will love testing their skills at Unbound Main park, just keep your eyes peeled for the pros. South Park, Eagle park and Forest Trail Park will keep intermediate to advanced riders well occupied.

To learn more about Mammoth expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Family Ski Vacation

With a slew of family-friendly activities from skiing and snowboarding, to dog sledding, tubing, ice skating, and a movie theater for a more relaxing family evening, a Mammoth family ski vacation will create lasting memories. Teens with a penchant for freestyle skiing or snowboarding will revel in experiencing Mammoth’s world-class Unbound terrain park, which is training ground for Olympic and X Games superstar Shaun White. Mammoth’s terrain parks are progressively designed with safety in mind so even the little ones can enjoy the experience.

Mammoth Family Lodging

Having too many options is sometimes as troublesome as having too few. Don’t spend your precious time scanning websites, and then going back and comparing and contrasting prices, ammentiies and location. Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists are here to do the leg work for you. Call, or chat with, one of the today, to learn more about the Mammoth family lodging options. In the meantime, here’s one of our favorite properties for families.

Located across from the Eagle Lodge and Eagle Express, ski in, ski out Juniper Springs Lodge’s condominiums and townhomes offer an ideal winter family getaway. Juniper Springs Resort has received international acclaim—specifically—it was recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler's top 50 ski resort properties. Kids won’t be able to get enough of the lodge’s pool, while parents will appreciate the fitness center, spa and laundry services.

Mammoth Family Restaurants

Mammoth offers families an extensive list of kid-friendly restaurant options, from burger joints to Italian, to vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free dining (for food sensitive children), to pizza and back. At the top of the list families will find that Giovanni’s Pizzeria or Nick N’ Willies Pizza and Subs really hit the spot after a long day on the slopes. Burger Restaurant is another don’t miss, that will please everyone. Be sure to try the buffalo burger and homemade barbeque sauce. If your family members have food allergies or sensitivities Stellar Brew and Deli is a great option, they feature vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu items, and can customize most orders. Mammoth’s Chart House’s serves up an upscale menu in a casual atmosphere, making it a great choice for a nicer family meal.

To learn more about Mammoth family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Intermediate Skiing

Mammoth has naturally divided terrain, essentially, so intermediates will find ideal terrain around mid-mountain. Don’t let a Mammoth trail map talk you out of a ski vacation. Sure the top half of the resort is entirely black and double black, but 40 percent of the terrain is designated as intermediate. So intermediates hold the majority of Mammoth’s terrain.

Mammoth Intermediate Terrain

On your first day at Mammoth, you’ll probably want to start out from the Mill Café base area village. The Stump Alley Express access the a perfect warm up run: Stump Alley, which offers intermediates wide-open cruising. Mambo is also a run worth taking in that zone. Once you’re back at the top of Stump Alley Express hop on Face Lift Express to take in some of the best blue-square accessible views. From here you can enjoy the expansive splendor of St. Anton, Gremlin’s Gulch an World Cup, and despite their above treeline locale are all pitch perfect blues. Gold Rush Express to Cloud 9 Express also accesses a slew of blue and dark blue runs. There are so many intermediate and advanced intermediate runs on that side of the mountain that you could ski on a new run for days to come.

To learn more about Mammoth intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Lodging

As a ski area, Mammoth offers a nice array of options for a variety of skier and snowboarder levels. The Mammoth lodging is no different, you can find a bit of everything in Mammoth, but options tend to sway toward affordable digs and family-friendly properties. Below, we at Ski.com, have provided a list of our top picks in budget, family and luxury categories.

Mammoth Hotels

Affordably and incredibly exceptional in the both views and location, the Alpenhof Lodge provides guest with lodge rooms or three-bedroom deluxe rustic cabins, with full kitchens. The family-owned and –operated Alpenhof Lodge is just steps from the Village at Mammoth and the Village Gondola.

Located across from the Eagle Lodge and Eagle Express, Ski in, ski out Juniper Springs Lodge’s condominiums and townhomes are conveniently located across from the Eagle Lodge and Eagle Express chairlift. Parent’s love the lodge’s central locale, hot tub and fitness center, while kids won’t be able to get enough of the pool.

Sure to please luxury-seekers, the Westin Monache Resort offers a range of elegant accommodations, from fully furnished studios to one- and two-bedroom units. In addition to a pristine, outdoor pool and hot tub, the resort offers guests ski shuttle service, concierge desk, room service, 24-hour front desk, laundry service and ski storage.

To learn more about Mammoth lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Luxury Ski Vacation

The resort has seen several hundred million dollars in investment in the last decade, and in turn, a growing international jet set clientele. Thus, a Mammoth luxury ski vacation is well within reach. Whether it be a world-class lodge and spa or an unforgettable dining experience, it’s all possible at Mammoth.

Mammoth Luxury Hotels

Mammoth offers a top-of-mind deluxe property in the Westin Monache Resort. Located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, the Westin Monache Resort offers a range of elegant accommodations, from fully furnished studios to one- and two-bedroom units. Those in search of some quality R&R will revel relaxing in the well-appointed outdoor hot tub and pool. Other top-shelf amenities include ski shuttle service, concierge desk, room service, 24-hour front desk, laundry service and ski storage.

Mammoth Fine Dining

The Mammoth fine dining scene offers a varied collection of upscale restaurants. The newest establishment, Campo, was recently named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants in America.” This instantly popular establishment serves up Chef Mark Estee’s seasonal, organic pizza, pastas and handcrafted salami.

For an innovative meal, casual rustic setting, complete with inviting fireplaces and beautiful views of Mammoth’s Sierra mountains, a reservation at Westin Monache’s in-house restaurant, Whitebark is recommended. Whitebark serves up a beautiful array foodie-worthy fare, but their prime rib and scallops are standouts. The wine list will impress the most discerning connoisseurs.

To learn more about Mammoth luxury ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Nightlife

As a popular destination for slick, young freestylers and snowboarders, you can bet that Mammoth’s nightlife packs a lively punch. Mammoth nightlife varies from popular brewpubs to live music hotspots. There are also plenty of opportunities for a quiet cocktails or relaxing fireside with a bottle of wine and some good friends, too.

Mammoth Bars

If you’re looking to blend into the Mammoth bar scene, stop in at Whiskey Creek Mountain Bistro, located across from the Village, and sip on some local Mammoth Brewing Company drafts and jam out to some live music.  The Clocktower Cellar Pub is a longtime locals favorite and is ideal option if you’re looking for a casual game of pool and a wide selection of beers. If tropical drinks and hula dancing sound like an evening up your alley, head to Mammoth’s tiki bar, Lakanuki. If you’re looking for a nightcap, the Westin’s Whitebark Bar and Lounge, Petra’s Wine Bar or Side Door Cafe is a great place to share tales from the day’s adventures and enjoy over a nice vintage.

Mammoth Après

With four base villages lodges to choose from and lively Mammoth Lakes, your pretty much guaranteed and exceptional après-ski experience on a Mammoth ski vacation. You have your pick of a relaxing, sun-basked cocktail or an afternoon dance party. It’s all yours for the taking. For a traditional European après-ski affair head to Yodler Restaurant and Bar across from the Main Lodge, which serves up hearty post-skiing fare and traditional alpine libations. If you’re on the hunt for classic bar food (at an affordable rate) paired with classic rock, then Tusks Bar in the Main Lodge is where you want to be. If live reggae is more your thing, then Grizzly Bar in Canyon Lodge will do the trick. Keep in mind these are just a few examples of the Mammoth après-ski scene, the options are quite extensive and will cater to just about every preference and budget.

To learn more about Mammoth nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Beginner Skiing

If you look at a trail map and notice black and double black diamonds dominating what looks to be the entire mountain, don’t fret. Sure, Mammoth’s ridgeline is an expert skiers paradise, but beginners have plenty of options. With 25 percent of the terrain marked as green beginner terrain, you can bet a Mammoth ski vacation will please novice skiers or snowboarders

Mammoth Beginner Terrain.

The vast majority of green runs at Mammoth are found near the base of the mountain.  First timers or early beginners will want to stick to the gentle slopes and shorter chairlifts around Main Lodge village and Canyon Lodge. Both feature a handful of ideal beginner runs. For more experienced novices, there are some scattered dark green runs worth navigating to, especially Easy Rider accessed from the top of Canyon Express or Roller Coaster. The trail is wide and a touch steeper than other green runs and offers progressive beginners the opportunity to comfortably test their skills. There are also more challenging green runs off of Eagle Express and Chair 25 chairlifts.

To learn more about Mammoth beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mammoth Dining

Mammoth has enjoyed more than 50 years of dining influences from the nearby foodie hubs of Los Angeles and San Francisco, so your guaranteed a wide array of cuisine choices, price points and experiences. The Mammoth dining scene serves up everything from vegan and vegetarian to contemporary American, classic Alpine German fare, to fresh seafood and authentic Italian.

Mammoth Restaurants

If high-quality modern American-style food, in a comfy, rustic setting at a reasonable price sounds like a meal you’ve been waiting for Mammoth’s new restaurant CJ’s Grill will satisfy. CJ’s has a notable California wine list, and beer lovers will be happy with the offerings. Vegans, vegetarians and anyone with food sensitivities need not fret on a Mammoth ski vacation, especially at CJ’s. The kitchen is happy to prepare special orders.

After a long, and satisfying day on the slopes nothing compares with a large plate of homemade pasta. If this sounds like your ideal post-skiing meal, a reservation at Campo is a must. Another new Mammoth restaurant, Campo was named one of Esquire Magazine’s 2012 ‘Best New Restaurants in America.’ Campo stands out thanks to Chef Mark Estee’s simple, organic, seasonal recipes, including homemade pizzas, handmade pastas and handcrafted salami. Campo is conveniently located in the main base village, so you won’t have to worry about getting around after one two many of their handcrafted beers or signature cocktails.

If you’re tastes and dining preferences trend towards upscale, an evening or two at the elegant Chart House restaurant is in order. Their contemporary American menu features everything from prime rib to signature fish recipes, like their oh-so-popular Macadamia crusted mahi. Vino enthusiasts will be pleased with Chart House’s wine list, too.

To learn more about Mammoth dining call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to do in Mammoth

Between downtown Mammoth Lakes, and the resorts five base villages, including Tamarack Lodge, which houses the cross country center, ski vacationers in search of things to do in Mammoth will find they have an overwhelming amount of activities to choose from. Visitors can choose from an afternoon of perusing Mammoth’s shops, a family—or date—night at the movies at Minaret Cinemas or an evening of arts and drama at the Sierra Classic Theater or Mammoth Lakes Art Center, to name a few options. Mammoth has numerous art galleries; among them is the Mammoth Gallery, which features local fine art photography.

Mammoth Outdoor Activities

As a California hub of winter adventures, you can bet the Mammoth outdoor activities list is extensive. Options range from hockey clinics, lessons, or an even whirling around with your significant other at Mammoth Rink, or an exhilarating ride with the Mammoth Dog Teams. The whole family will love Wooly’s Tube Park and Snow Play Area, which features tubing lanes and plenty of hot chocolate. Speed demons can get still get their kicks when the lifts close on snowmobiles. And those looking to get a workout and enjoy Mammoth’s scenery and pristine pine forests will enjoy the resort’s 19 miles of groomed skating, classic and snowshoe trails.

To learn more about things to do in Mammoth call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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