Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546Mammoth Lakes is home to Mammoth Mountain, one of the most popular ski areas in California. The area is now served by air from Los Angeles by Horizon Airlines.
With millions of skiers visiting Mammoth Mountain each year, it is obvious the area is a popular ski destination for California residents, whether they fly or drive. The area includes about 3,500 acres of terrain and 150 trails, and offers plenty of wide-open skiing during the middle of the week when perhaps only 5,000 skiers are on the mountain at any given time. The mountain has the largest amount of in-bounds ski terrain in California.
Adding to the appeal are the accommodations that are plentiful in the area, many of them offering ski-in and ski-out access. The small town of Mammoth – just 7,000 fulltime residents – offers a surprising variety of accommodations ranging from simple and inexpensive motel units downtown to million-dollar condo units right on the mountain. Altogether, there are about 8,500 rental units available in the Mammoth area, most of which fill up quickly on weekends during the prime of the season.
One of the most popular additions to Mammoth in the last couple of years has been the new Village at Mammoth, a Whistler-style ski village and condo development that includes a gondola to shuttle skiers directly from the condos to one of the mountain's base lodges. While skiers and snowboarders previously had to drive a windy four-mile road to get to the skiing, visitors who stay at the Village can just walk a few steps to the gondola and be whisked to the mountain in only six minutes.
The Village has about a dozen restaurants and more than 20 shops and offers the feel and ambience of some of the finest ski resorts. The bars and restaurants in the Village are popular with the apre ski crowd who find everything from burgers to sushi.
Skiers are attracted to Mammoth because of the 400 annual inches of snow and 300 annual days of sunshine. The snow is a drier snow and easier to ski than mountains where the snow is wetter and icier. About 40 percent of the mountain is intermediate terrain, 25 percent beginner, with the remainder evenly divided between expert and advanced. The mountain offers a vertical drop of 3,100 feet with its highest level at 11,053 feet. Although there may be as many as 15,000 skiers on the mountain during a busy holiday or weekend day, the lift lines are generally less than five minutes.
For more information on Mammoth Mountain, call 1-800-MAMMOTH or visit www.mammothmountain.com. To learn more about the Mammoth Lakes area, go to www.visitmammoth.com.