Who says you need more than one hill? This truly mammoth single mountain has it all, starting with fierce bowls and big views at 3,300m and finishing with beautifully groomed, easy greens through the woods, homeward bound. Add a few superb snow-parks and a town that's loaded with fabulous restaurants, and Mammoth quickly becomes a firm favourite with many visitors.
Looming high and mighty, Mammoth mountain is one of North America's greats. Trails at the top tend to be wide and open, whilst those lower down wind in and out of the trees. Those graduating from the nursery slopes will love the beautifully groomed green runs towards the bottom, and intermediates can cruise, carve and jump their way down long blues and steeper forest trails. Double-diamond territory dominates the mountain top, providing big thrills for experts.
Resort Altitude: 2,425m
Resort Skiing: 3,370m
Blue Runs: 18km
Red Runs: 49km
Black Runs: 23km
Cross Country: 100km
Mammoth is a favourite with both locals and long-haul travellers. The trails tend to be wider and smoother near the top, with tree-lined runs near the base. All the pistes remain beautifully groomed, meaning skiers can dig their edges in and carve to their heart's content.
Due to its location and altitude, the snow in Mammoth is extremely reliable. Often, as soon as the first snow storm has hit, the lifts are open, meaning that the season sometimes runs as long as October to June. With more advanced slopes sitting at the peak of the mountain, there is something for every ability of skier in Mammoth. There are many deep powder runs, moguls and forest slopes alongside the groomed pistes.
Freeriders have an extraordinary amount of powder to explore, with big bowls and loads of natural hits. The main north face offers a host of chutes that lead into a wide bowl, whilst the back of the mountain opens up into more powder. For freestylers, the resort has integrated dozens of convenient parks so that boarders have access at various points across the mountain. There is a dedicated park team to look after the bigger parks across Mammoth, too.
Mammoth boasts top-notch ski and snowboard instructors, so whether it's your very first day on the mountain, or you fancy taking your skills to new heights, there is a guide for everyone. Private lessons and guides are available, as well as adult lessons, adaptive ski school, and kids lessons.
Mammoth has eateries aplenty, home to everything from cheesesteak sandwiches at The Lunchbox, to fine dining at the Lakefront Restaurant. There is something in the resort to suit every palate and budget, as well as an array of great slopeside diners too.
Après in Mammoth is very European in style - slopeside bars sit high on the mountain, ready for you to ski straight into; or you can take the gondola back to the village to enjoy some tasty drinks. 53 Kitchen & Cocktails is a firm favourite, as is Sushi Rei and Campo Mammoth.
For non-skiers, there is a tubing park, snowmobile adventures and snowcat tours. For those wanting to keep in the warm, there is bowling and indoor golf, perfect for family and friends to socialise.