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With an 11,053 foot summit, more than 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, and an average of more than 400 inches of snow, Mammoth Mountain is a skiers’ and snowboarders’ winter dream. It’s often among the first ski areas to open and has operated as late as the Fourth of July. Spring skiers get a longer season with blue-sky weather, and the ability to go fishing, golfing or mountain biking in the afternoons, once they’re done with the slopes. Those who are scorekeeping types like Mammoth because it’s the tallest resort in California, with a peak elevation of 11,053 feet. Play all day, whether skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, or simply playing ...

With an 11,053 foot summit, more than 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, and an average of more than 400 inches of snow, Mammoth Mountain is a skiers’ and snowboarders’ winter dream. It’s often among the first ski areas to open and has operated as late as the Fourth of July. Spring skiers get a longer season with blue-sky weather, and the ability to go fishing, golfing or mountain biking in the afternoons, once they’re done with the slopes. Those who are scorekeeping types like Mammoth because it’s the tallest resort in California, with a peak elevation of 11,053 feet. Play all day, whether skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, or simply playing in the powder—but don’t forget that you can play hard at night, as well. The resort has an après-ski and dinner scene for nearly every palate. Just remember that you have to get up in the morning and do it all over again.

Jill Robinson
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Jill K. Robinson is a freelance journalist who specializes in adventure travel and culture and has written about Mexico and Central America for Frommer's and Lonely Planet.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California. It is located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Mount Morrison, at an elevation of 7,880 feet (2,400 m). It is a popular skiing destination for folks from L.A.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel | Mammoth Mountain
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    December through March is typically the snowiest season, with the best snow in January and February.