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Mammoth Mountain - American Ski Resort (2420m to 3370m)
One of the world's top resorts, established and until recently owned by legendary Dave McCoy, Mammoth is able to offer up to 10 months of skiing per year. Mammoth is reputedly Virgin boss Richard Branson's favourite resort and arguably the largest in the US.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Facts
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The American ski resort of Mammoth Mountain has direct access to 150 individual pistes, served by 31 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 31 Ski Lifts of Mammoth Mountain are able to uplift 50,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth's 3500+ acres make it one of the biggest ski areas in North America, along side Vail and the multi-mountain resorts of Whistler - Blackcomb and Aspen - Snowmass. The terrain is evenly balanced with 30% of the slopes graded easy, mostly on the wooded lower slopes, with the vast open snow bowls above the treeline largely given over to black and double black diamond standard slopes (advanced to expert).
Mammoth has spent around $100 million in the last five years to upgrade lifts and enhance skier services. The most recent projects include upgrading the gondola system to an eight-passenger high-speed lift and the addition of multiple high-speed detachable lifts. The addition of these faster lifts has helped to rocket Mammoth back up the chart in the newly important 'high speed lifts' league.
Mammoth is big enough to be able to offer genuinely the something for all level of skier claim that most resorts make but a good proportion don't deliver to any great extent - usually in either the beginner or expert category. Beginners at Mammoth can benefit from an award winning sports school with lessons designed for every level of skier or boarder. After you've learnt the basics, the ultra low priced beginner ticket, covering three lifts serving terrain suitable for your ability level, is another good economy option.
Intermediates have the majority of the terrain, and the option to use their Mammoth Pass at June Mountain, also owned by the resort and located 17 miles (28km) north of the resort. It has a further 35 trails to offer. With 40% of the terrain graded intermediate, the remaining third of the mountain has advanced level terrain, and Mammoth has a world-class reputation for race training, so there's plenty to entertain experts on a week's holiday.
Mammoth is almost unique in North America having a 'second season' beginning after Easter and typically running through to early July. Mountain skiers and 'boarders are advised to carry clothing suitable for either hot or cold temperatures, because of changeable conditions during the day at this time of year. The best skiing of the day is in the morning, starting on east facing trails and ending your 'day' in the early afternoon, probably stripped down to T shirt and shorts by the time the snow is too wet and heavy in the afternoon heat.
Then its time to move onto a summer activity - fishing, biking or hiking maybe, after lunch.
The resort offers night skiing to 9pm on three of its major trails - Thunder Road, Bowling Alley and Broadway. There are also 28 miles (45 km) of cross-country trails to enjoy.
Snowboarding in Mammoth Mountain
The Mammoth Mountain Unbound Terrain Parks lead the industry in innovation and quality with seven parks, three pipes, 65+ jibs and 50+ jumps on 90 acres of California's favorite mountain resort. Using state-of-the-art equipment to provide a progressive environment for all levels, from beginners to a team of 13 professional athletes, the Unbound earns consistent ratings among the top parks of the world. For more information on the Unbound and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, visit mammothunbound.wordpress.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.
Mammoth Mountain Aprés Ski
Mammoth's après ski is often lively, especially at weekends, and the atmosphere is always informal. At least one live band is playing at one of the resort's venues every night. As the base village grows so do the facilities for the nigh on a million annual visitors. Some of the more lively options include Whiskey Creek, which often has live acts, and Slocums which is apparently most popular with Mammoth's locals. Karaoke fans will enjoy the scene at Shoguns and Grumpys Saloon opens at 7am every day and stays open 'until the fun runs out'. Angel's is famous for its cocktails and range of imported beers.
If you don't fancy starting your après relaxation until late, skiing and boarding continues under the floodlights until 9 at weekends, and many other activities are available in the evenings.
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Mammoth Mountain in brief
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is:
Excellent for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 8, 2012
Closed : May 26, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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