Huge Mountain, Huge Snow Pete Burnett, Overseas Operations Manager

"I've been to Mammoth twice and both times the weather seemed to have two settings - glorious sunshine or heavy snow! And I've never seen snow fall so hard and so fast as here. The ski mountain is epic with terrain for every ability and they've made massive investments in lodging in recent years. Mammoth also works very well as part of a Californian city and ski itinerary taking in San Francisco, the Lake Tahoe resorts and Los Angeles"

Activities in Mammoth

The Mammoth area plays host to a wide range of winter activities, from ice-skating to snow tubing, and lots more besides. The area is stunningly beautiful, recalling the stark beauty of Ansel Adam’s black and white landscapes. Many visitors are surprised to discover that the Mammoth area is geologically active, with hot springs providing blissful relief to the bone weary after an energetic day on the slopes. For those who would really like to get a feel for the area from a different perspective, take to the skies with a scenic flight over Yosemite, Mono Lake, and Death Valley.

Dog Sledding

Enjoy an exciting session of dog sledding, racing down snowy trails, pulled by your team of huskies. A family-friendly activity that everyone enjoys, there is a variety of different dog sled tours available in Mammoth. These vary in length, and can include dinner if required. Please note that reservations are only accepted 3 to 7 days in advance.

Snowshoeing

There are various snowshoe trails in the Mammoth area. You can rent snowshoes, and then head over to the Welcome Centre/Ranger Station at the entrance to town, to pick up a trail map, and some insider information. Armed with your shoes, your map, and dressed for the weather, you are ready to explore some beautiful forest walks, getting a good workout, and seeing some beautiful scenery in the process.

Snowmobiling

Thousands of acres of snowy trails are crying out to be explored by snowmobile! You will be accompanied by knowledgeable guides, and have access to state-of-the-art equipment as you travel into some of California’s mountain backcountry. Enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes as you enjoy the stunning countryside, historic features, and open fields.

Snow tubing

For an alternative way to get that adrenaline rush whilst traveling at speed down a snowy slope, hop on a tube! Excitement and fun for everyone, you can try snow tubing at Sledz, located on Minaret Road on the way up to the Main Lodge. Its $25 an hour for tube rental and full towrope access. Sledz only accepts cash.

Snowcat Tours

Admire the beauty of Mammoth’s backcountry from the warm comfort of a luxury snowcat. Take a tour from the Main Lodge to Minaret Summit, where you will enjoy the magnificent scenery whilst consuming a gourmet lunch. Definitely the most unusual dining destination in the Eastern Sierra! Reservations are required.

Ice Skating

For the perfect family-friendly winter sports activity, take to the ice! Mammoth Ice Rink has public skate sessions, family skate night, skating lessons, birthday parties, and skate rental. Weather permitting; the rink is open to the public from mid-December to mid/late March.