Mammoth has 28 lifts, 162 trails, and 3,084 vertical feet (940 m) of terrain ranging from intensely serious to marvellously moderate and everything in between.
Want to scare yourself? Head to Hangman’s Hollow, Climax, or West Bowl’s steep bumps. Want to cruise? The aptly named Cloud Nine and High Five Express chairs take you to the dream runs you seek.
The main lift is the Panorama Gondola which rises to the Mammoth’s top altitude of 11,053 ft (3368m). About 40% of the ski area below is intermediate and there are many long cruisers accessed by mid-mountain lifts. Intermediates will also enjoy the trails weaving through trees. The gondola accesses most of the difficult terrain, divided into advanced (20%) and expert (15%). Those after a challenge can really push the envelope here.
At the other end of the spectrum, at least a quarter of Mammoth Mountain is devoted to beginner terrain. Progression is encouraged with a section for “advanced beginners” called Broadway accessed from the Broadway Express. Beginners are catered for by The Discovery chair and Schoolyard Express right by the Main Lodge.
Terrain parks and half-pipes
Park enthusiasts and half-pipe devotees come close to the nirvana at Mammoth Mountain. The fact that its main half-pipe is the principal training ground for three-time Olympic gold medallist Shaun White, speaks volumes.
The resort’s Unbounded terrain parks are regarded as industry leaders, so expertly have they been designed to allow progression from beginner to expert. As a whole, they contain more than 100 jibs and up to 50 jumps. The most popular Unbound terrain park is Unbound Main next to Main Lodge.
The three halfpipes are the world-famous 18ft (5.5m), the world-famous 18 ft (5.5 m) Super Pipe, and the 22 ft (6.7 m) Super-Duper Pipe. Mammoth also has a Mini Pipe, which makes this resort still the only one in North America with three half pipes.
Mammouth Mountain Statistics
|Skiable Terrain||3,500 acres (1,420 hectares)|
|Vertical||3,100 ft (940 m)|
|Top Elevation||11,059 ft (3,371 m)|
|Base Elevation||7,953 ft (2,424 m)|
|Average Snowfall||400 in/33ft (1,020 cm)|
|Winter lifts Total||28|
|Longest Run||3mi (4.8 km)|
|Nordic Cross Country||30 km|
|Snowmaking||700 ac (283 hectares)|
|Season Opens||10 November, 2018|
|Season Closes||30 June, 2019 (Estimated)|