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Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Guide

Mammoth Mountain, United States

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,370m11,056ft
Resort Height2,400m7,874ft
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Mammoth Mountain

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.


The American ski resort of Mammoth Mountain is at an altitude of 2,400m7,874ft.

Mammoth Mountain has direct access to 150 marked pistes, served by a total of 31 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,400m7,874ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,370m11,056ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Mammoth Mountain?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Mammoth Mountain.

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Ski Area Stats

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
45km28 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,370m11,056ft
Lowest Piste2,420m7,940ft
Resort Altitude (Mammoth Mountain)2,400m7,874ft
Max Vertical970m3,182ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Mammoth Mountain
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Mammoth Mountain Overview

Mammoth by name and by dimensions, this Californian giant is able to offer skiing for up to 10 months of the year, with huge natural snow falls that have enabled the resort to keep skiers on the slopes until

mid-August. The resort's altitude and position in the High Sierras helps it to average more than 30 feet (around 10 metres) of snowfall annually, and this has topped 50 feet (over 15 metres) in record-breaking years. The mainly north-facing slopes hold the light powder better than many neighbouring areas.

Mammoth's existence is due almost entirely to the efforts of legendary Dave McCoy, who maintained ownership of the ski area for more than 50 years. Born in 1915 and a Californian State Champion skier at 22, before a crash in a race at Sugarbowl resort led to 38 fractures of his leg. After buying his first lifts in 1938 on a loan secured by selling his Harley Davidson, Dave took a portable rope tow to Mammoth by 1941 and was operating his lift there on the day of Pearl Harbour. He had previously worked as a hydrographer for the city of Los Angeles in the late 1930s and realized then that Mammoth had the terrain and the snow to make a great ski area.

The first permanent lift was installed straight after the war ended and was soon the most popular ski area in the state. The first chair lift went up in Mammoth in 1955 and the rest is history.

Mammoth also has a key part in ski racing history, and in 1967 almost the entire US Olympic Women's team were Mammoth racers. This reputation helped the resort to boom to its present status.


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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Mammoth Mountain?

This ski resort is in Mono, California, United States.


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Ski Lift Capacity

The 31 ski lifts are able to uplift 50,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Mammoth Mountain open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early November, and usual closing is Mid June.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Mammoth Mountain, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Mammoth Mountain Tourist Office for the latest.

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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.

Mammoth Mountain