Mammoth Ski Holidays

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Luke Dorking

"Mammoth is a legendary ski/snowboarding holiday destination that is a little further away but well worth the effort. It has masses of terrain, huge snowfalls, great cruising runs, awesome terrain parks and some pretty scary stuff too.”

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 8/10
  • Intermediates: 10/10
  • Advanced: 10/10
  • Families: 6/10
  • Nightlife: 6/10
  • Village Charm: 6/10
  • Affordability: 7/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 6/10
  • Sustainability: 6/10

Season: Nov-July

Nearest Airport: Mammoth/LA/Las Vegas

Flight Time: 10hrs

Direct Flight: Yes

Transfer Time: 3½ / 5 / 5 hours

Transport: Car Hire

Elevation: 11,053 ft

Vertical Drop: 3,100 ft

Ski Area: 3,500 acres

Ski Lifts: 28

Runs: 150

Grade: 35% advanced
40% intermediates
25% beginners

Why Mammoth?

Set in the Sierra Nevada, Mammoth is the winter playground for LA and an increasing number of visitors from elsewhere. It has extensive and varied ski terrain - heart-stopping steep chutes at the top widen out into broad cruising runs through the trees - and it lives up the name of Mammoth as one of North America's largest ski hills! This, combined with awesome views over the high desert make Mammoth different from any other US ski resort and a very enjoyable place to ski and snowboard.

The Skiing

Did we mention Mammoth is big?! With snow averages over 10 metres, 3,500+ acres of terrain and the highest peak in California (11,053ft / 3,369m) the ski season starts early November and ends late June - Mammoth offers pristine snow conditions with light, fully powder and over 300 days of sunshine! This makes it one of the most popular resorts in California, but queues rarely form thank to the four ski areas and quick lifts. There's terrain to keep everyone happy too - 150 trails in total - and just 25 minutes free shuttle ride away is Mammoths's sister resort of June Mountain; included in your Mammoth Mountain lift ticket!

Off the Slopes

Mammoth attracts people from all over - and as such, there are plenty of activities around the Mammoth Lakes area to keep you busy during the day. As well as resort staples such as tube parks, snowmobile adventures, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, you can also take a night-time tour in a snowcat to have dinner at the Parallax restaurant at McCoy Station


Mammoth offers free public transportation connecting the mountain's three base areas, as well as social hubs at The Village and downtown Mammoth. Each base is home to ski schools, rental shops, day care and restaurants. As you would expect from a world renowned resort, you have a choice of varied properties - from the classic Mammoth Mountain Inn, high-end Village Lodge and Westin Monache Resort, and the family-friendly Juniper Springs Lodge, all able offer anything from a standard hotel room to a luxury condo option.

More Info? 

Due to its location, Mammoth is definitely a destination resort - remember: its worth taking the time to get there! Driving the distance can take longer than other resorts, but there are now more flights into the regional airport of Mammoth Lakes - meaning its even easier than ever to get to Mammoth! 

However, don't be put off by the long transfer time; instead why not consider using this as an opportunity to discover California in more depth - maybe as part of California Ski Safari - or you can even use it as part of a multi-centre trip and include a few nights in major cities such as San Francisco or Los Angeles? You can even combine it with our new resort of Alyeska in Alaska for the ultimate powder trip as part of a Last Frontier Ski Safari!

You can read all about what happened when three of our staff went on their own California Ski Safari right here in our blog!

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