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Mammoth Mountain is California’s highest lift-served four-season resort and playground with a summit at 11,053 ft. With 300 days of sunshine annually, the Eastern Sierra resort offers infinite recreation and scenic beauty all year long. Winter in Mammoth typically runs from early November into May. Nestled on the border of Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain offers endless outdoor play. Mammoth Mountain is unquestionably one of the finest Alpine Skiing Mountain in the world. An average of over 400 inches (33 feet) of snow falls onto the 11,053 foot summit, making the entire 3,500 plus acres of skiable terrain enjoyable for all. The mountain is great for all levels, with options ranging from expansive bowls, tree skiing, wide groomers, steep chutes, halfpipes, and the world-class Unbound Terrain Parks.

Mammoth mountain features 25 lifts leading to 170 runs and over 2500 skiable acres on the mountain. Skiers of all levels will find a beautiful and enjoyable day on the mountain each time they visit.

Alpine Ski Area

Mammoth Mountain is made up of several distinct base areas, including Main Lodge, Canyon Lodge, The Village, Eagle Lodge, and The Mill. The resort truly is of mammoth proportions with over 3,500 skiable acres to explore, 3,100 feet of vertical drop, and multiple terrain options. An extensive lift system transports skiers to a great mix of terrain for all skill levels.

The top of the mountain boasts steep chutes and mogul runs combined with expansive bowls and glades. If you enjoy powder pillows, be sure to check out the Hemlocks: in-bounds, hike-accessed steeps that offer natural terrain off the beaten path. For some of the best snow on the mountain, hop on Chair 23 and ski Drop out and Wipe Out Chutes.

Mammoth Mountain is home to the award-winning Unbound Terrain parks, where top pros in extreme snowboarding and skiing come to train. The terrain parks offer facilities aimed at creating a seamless transition and progression from beginner to expert freestyle terrain and span Main Park, Forest Trail, South Park, Transition Park, and Jibs Galore to make for easy access.

Mammoth also home to the Unbound Terrain Parks

Consistently ranked as the top terrain park in North America, the Unbound Terrain Parks have lead the industry in innovation, quality and design for over 20 years. With 10 unique parks, 2 halfpipes, 100+ jibs and up to 50 jumps on any given day, Unbound is the mecca for fun and progression. With a longstanding commitment to athlete development, Mammoth and U.S. Ski & Snowboard are proud to continue their relationship with the Unbound Terrain Parks as the Official Training Ground for the US Freeski and Snowboard Teams.

  • TERRAIN PARKS: 10
  • HALFPIPES: 2
  • JIBS: 100+
  • JUMPS: 50+
  • ACREAGE: 100+ ACRES

MAIN PARK
LOCATED AT MAIN LODGE, ACCESSIBLE VIA UNBOUND EXPRESS [CHAIR 6]
Mammoth’s largest park has set the bar for pro-level terrain parks
with its massive, perfectly shaped jumps, technical rails and the
22-foot halfpipe. Countless pro skiers and snowboarders have
launched their careers right here. For expert skiers/riders only.


SOUTH PARK
ACCESSIBLE VIA ROLLER COASTER EXPRESS [CHAIR 4]
South Park is the perfect spot for intermediate–
advanced skiers/riders. There’s a reason pros come to
this park to warm-up and spend their day lapping the
multiple jump lines and super trickable jib lines.


JIBS & MORE
ACCESSIBLE VIA ROLLER COASTER EXPRESS [CHAIR 4]
This park is packed with intermediate and advanced level rails,
boxes and wallrides, as well as creative snow transitions like
bowls, hips, banks and berms from top to bottom . Dial in your
line or hang out and session individual features with new friends.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Mammoth spring camp 2021 – Halfpipe | Photo: @ussnowboardteam // @mikedawsy

FOREST TRAIL
LOCATED AT MAIN LODGE, ACCESSIBLE VIA UNBOUND EXPRESS [CHAIR 6]
After you’re comfortable in our Playgrounds, Forest Trail is the
next step. Progressively built, medium-sized jumps, jibs and
an 11-foot halfpipe create the fun flow of this trail, making it a
favorite among intermediate groms, moms and dads who rip.


TRANSITION PARK
ACCESSED VIA ROLLER COASTER EXPRESS [CHAIR 4]
Taking inspiration from skate parks and surf spots around the
world this park features bowls, banks, spines, volcanoes, and
more, all made out of snow. Time to let your creativity run wild.


SNAKE RUN
ACCESSED VIA ROLLER COASTER EXPRESS [CHAIR 4]
This park features fast, flowy jumps and berms winding its
way underneath Chair 20. Mix one part Transition Park and
one part boardercross run and you get the Snake Run.


DISCO, WONDERLAND & EAGLE PLAYGROUNDS
Get a mellow intro to terrain park features with miniboxes and jumps that get bigger and longer as you
progress. Freestyle fun is available for beginners of all
ages in a different playground at each base lodge.

DISCO PLAYGROUND
LOCATED AT MAIN LODGE, ACCESSIBLE VIA DISCOVERY CHAIR [CHAIR 11]
WONDERLAND PLAYGROUND
LOCATED AT CANYON LODGE, ACCESSIBLE VIA CHAIR 7
EAGLE PLAYGROUND
LOCATED AT EAGLE LODGE, ACCESSIBLE VIA EAGLE EXPRESS [CHAIR 15]

How to Get to Mammoth

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort lies on the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It’s 330 miles west of San Francisco and 310 miles north of Los Angeles, making for a five-to seven-hour drive. There is a Local Airport in mammoth. Located just 15 minutes from Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) has partnered with Advanced Air to provide scheduled semi-private charter flights to and from Southern California.

Mammoth Mountain is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 along the 395 corridor in the Eastern Sierra of California. Drive time is approximately 5 hours north of Los Angeles and 3 hours south of Reno, Nevada.

During summer months (May – October) Tioga Pass through Yosemite National Park is open. Drive time from the Bay Area through Yosemite is approximately 6 hours.

If you are flying here are the ground transportation options:

Ground Transportation Mammoth Caliofnia

Shuttle / Taxi

Mammoth All Weather Shuttle
(760) 709-2927

*For weather-related diversions out of or into Bishop Airport, ground transportation to/from Bishop to Mammoth Airport will be provided at no cost. You will still need to book your own ground transportation into the town. Please see our Ground Transportation section for options.

Mammoth Taxi
(760) 937-8294

Rental Cars

Enterprise Rental Cars (MMH)
85 Airport Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA, US 93546
(909) 204-1759

Shuttle
Mammoth All Weather Shuttle

*For weather-related diversions out of or into Bishop Airport, ground transportation to/from Bishop to Mammoth Airport will be provided at no cost. You will still need to book your own ground transportation into the town. Please see our Ground Transportation section for options.

Parking

Daily and long term (overnight) vehicle parking is available at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Overnight parking costs $8.00 a night, and can be paid at the self-service kiosk in the parking lot just outside the Hot Creek Aviation terminal. The daily and long term parking areas are clearly marked with signs.

Train or Bus transportation from Los Angeles

To get to Mammoth Lakes by train and bus, first take the Metrolink Antelope Valley train from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station to Lancaster, California. Then catch Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) Lancaster to Mammoth Lakes route, which runs once a day Monday-Friday.

Flights from San Francisco are little more complicated as United airlines has switched delivery to the Bishop airport.

Flights into Bishop

New this season, United Airlines will be moving all commercial flights to Eastern Sierra Regional Airport/Bishop (BIH) in Bishop, CA. The move to Bishop, 45 miles south of Mammoth Lakes, will allow United Airlines to fly larger aircrafts, improve the reliability of service and expand to offer daily flights from connecting airports throughout the United States.

United Airlines

United Airlines

Commercial Flights into Bishop

Fly direct on United Airlines flights into Bishop, CA. Just 45 miles south of Mammoth Lakes, visitors can connect to Eastern Sierra Regional Airport/Bishop (BIH), from major U.S. and international cities.

  • 2022 summer service runs only June 4 – Sept 5 from San Francisco (SFO).
  • Book your flights now for the 22/23 winter season which is scheduled to run from December to mid-spring 2023.

Additional flights may be added for holiday periods, and all schedules are subject to change.  

Airport Transfer Reservations are Recommended

Trail Map on the Mammoth Mobile App

Get easy access to the trail map and stay connected on the mountain by downloading the free Mammoth mobile app – available on Apple and Android devices.

Less Hassle, More Fun – rental services

Whether it’s your first day on the hill or you’re a seasoned rider who wants to demo the latest model before buying, the gear experts and MasterFit-certified boot-fitters will hook you up with everything you need. Several slopeside locations offer the benefit of quick adjustments, swapping out your gear, free overnight storage and drop-off wherever it’s most convenient for you.

Rental Equipment Options

Choose Standard or Performance

We offer a wide range of equipment to give you the best experience on the hill and our experts will get you all set up with exactly what you want.  

Performance Skis

Recommended for intermediate to expert skiers.

Get more out of your gear by upgrading your standard rental to the 2021 Salomon QST 85 or Salomon TNT & Spark at any base lodge. 

Standard Ski/Board

Recommended for beginner skiers/riders.

Get the gear you need to get out on the slopes. Skis and snowboards available for all age groups and skill levels. Standard package includes skis, boots, and poles, or a snowboard, boots, and bindings. Single items also available.

Helmets

Protect your noggin by renting a helmet along with your gear. Available in all sizes and recommended for all skiers and snowboarders.

For more rental FAQs at the mountain click here

Ikon Pass and Lift Tickets Purchases available online, in person or on the App

Mammoth + June Season Pass

Consider a package deal with June Mountain just North of Mammoth and extend your stay with two great ski destinations.

Get unlimited winter fun with a season pass that delivers non-restricted access – no blackout dates – at both Mammoth and June Mountain all season with no advance reservations required.

Lift Hours of Operation

Estimated Season 2022-23 Nov. 11 – May 31, 2023

Monday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Thursday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Friday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Sunday – 07:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation11,053 ft / 3,369 m 
Base Elevation7,953 ft / 2,424 m
SkiableTerrain3,500+ ac / 1,400+ ha
Vertical Rise3,100 ft / 945 m
Number of Named Trails175
Number of Lifts25 (includes 9 express quads, 2 express six-packs, 2 gondolas)
Snowmaking81 trails
Parks & Pipes10 parks with 100+ jibs and 50+ jumps; 2 halfpipes
Days of Sunshine per Year300 average
Average Snowfall per Year400 inches / 1,016 cm
Season LengthTypically Nov–June
Terrain Breakdown5% Easiest
10% Easy
6% Slightly Difficult
22% Difficult
24% Very Difficult
13% Extremely Difficult

Stunning 360° Views of the Sierra & Beyond

Take an aerial ride up Mammoth Mountain on the Panorama Gondola to explore all the fun at 11,053 ft. At the top, snap a selfie at the summit sign, enjoy lunch with panoramic views at the Eleven53 Café, and discover the history and wonder of the Sierra at the interpretive center.

Kids Ride FREE

Up to 2 kids (ages 12 and under) ride FREE with each paying adult. Free tickets can be obtained at any ticket window.

At The Summit

Eleven53 Interpretive Center & Café

Featuring exhibits for all ages, a knowledgeable docent, café and panoramic views of the Sierra and beyond. This is the central hub of the Explore Mammoth experience, at the very top of the mountain.

Enjoy free access to the Eleven53 Interpretive Center and Café with your Scenic Gondola Ride ticket.

adventure cold cross country skiing dawn
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center

 Kick your winter up a notch and get in great shape this season. Explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin on cross-country skis or snowshoes for some scenic family adventures or butt-kicking fun across 19+ miles (30+ kilometers) of secluded, groomed world-class trails. Rentals, lessons, guided tours and season passes are available from the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center, located at Tamarack Lodge. 

Explore all the miles of groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails, plus the free Public Access Trail that runs along Lake Mary Road. Be sure to check the trail status and conditions before heading out on your adventure. 

View Map & Trail Status

WOOLLY’S TUBE PARK & SNOW PLAY 

Skip the uphill hike and catch a lift to the top, then bomb down the groomed lanes as fast as you dare in a high-speed snow tube. Woolly’s Tube Park is all-time fun for all ages with a large snow play area and a heated deck with snack bar offering hot cocoa and adult beverages. Even the littlest ones will find big fun in the snow play area where they can ride the merry-go-round tubes, build a snowman, shred on a surf sled and even hang out with everyone’s favorite fuzzy mascot, Woolly. Woolly’s Tube Park FAQs

man in blue and green long sleeved suit riding on snowmobile
Photo by Sebastian Voortman on Pexels.com

SNOWMOBILE ADVENTURES

Mellow cruisers and hard chargers alike will find big fun exploring tree-lined trails and massive meadows on a guided excursions around Mammoth.

Mammoth is owned by the Alterra Mountain Company and operates its season passes with Ikon Pass system. Meaning if you have an Ikon pass at any of these California resorts Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Palisades Tahoe, Big Bear Mountain Resort (Bear Mountain, Snow Summit) you are all part of the family.

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