A guide to Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

With our latest guide to Mammoth Mountain ski resort, you’ll have all the information you need to hit the ski slopes of this incredible resort!

What with one of the longest ski seasons in North America, from mid November to June, the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Sierra Nevada is the place to ski.

Rediscover that vacation feeling in the snow

Everything you need to know about Mammoth ski resort

With an elevation of 11,053 ft (3,369 m) and 3,500 acres of ski-able terrain to cover, this Californian ski resort promises an awesome ski and snowboard destination.

Mammoth Mountain ski resort is set up for of all ages and abilities. From beginners looking to enrol in a ski school, to seasoned powderhounds hoping to test their metal, Mammoth Mountain ski area is calling!

The Mammoth Mountain ski resort is a mecca for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and cross country skiers

What’s more it’s not all about the slopes per se, the world-class Mammoth ski resort also attracts avid cross-country skiers and snowshoers!

If you need to hire equipment or find a suitable trail or tour, head to the nearby Tamarack Cross-country ski center – where all your needs will be catered for.

Looking to keep the kids enthralled? An outing to Woolly’s Tube Park or a scenic gondola to the mountain summit (11,053 feet) is guaranteed to cut the mustard, whilst born explorers and naturalists will relish the guided mountain climbs, Snowmobile excursions and Snowcat tours.

Mammoth Mountain Village

With direct gondala access to the Mammoth ski slopes and first-class resort amenties, Mammoth Mountain village is your go-to resort for a fun ski day in California!

Alongide its rich plethora of shops, bars and restaurants, Mammoth Mountain village promises a colorful year-round events program.

From live music and entertainment to annual parades, festivals, fireworks, silent disco DJ sets and wine walks, there is something for everyone!

Mammoth Mountain village offers a wealth of shops, bars, restaurants and annual events to keep you satisfied!

For families, the Woolly’s Parade each Saturday in winter is a sure crowd pleaser! Kids will be joined by Woolly and his fun-loving Ski and Snowboard School pals, for an afternoon of music, face-painting, a dance party and a colorful parade through The Village Plaza.

The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

What is Mammoth Mountain best-known for?

The Mammoth ski resort of course! With 400 inches of annual snowfall a year, this captivating ski area in western America won’t disappoint.

You’ll find a 3,500 ski area home to 25% beginner, 40% intermediate and 35% advanced/ expert runs.

Of the 150 named runs, the longest is 3 miles long – so you’ll easily be able to stretch your legs in the fresh mountain air!


Is Mammoth Mountain good for beginners?

In short, it’s brilliant!

You’ll find 25% beginner runs and an abundance of private lessons, guides and opportunities to enrol at a Mammoth ski and snowboard school. So, there really is no excuse not to maximize your time at Mammoth ski resort.

The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area offers a ski and snowboard school at each of the mountain’s 3 base lodges – Main, Canyon and Eagle.

Within each ski school you’ll find a dedicated child-friendly, ‘Mammoth Kids’ school too. The kids school offers group lessons for 3 – 12 year olds, whilst the adult group lessons cater for 13+.

And it’s inclusive ski resort vibe doesn’t stop there…

At the Mani Lodge, a great woolly Mammoth greets you as you begin your day on the Mammoth ski slopes

You’ll also find an adaptive ski and wintersport school at Mammoth ski resort, tailored for kids and adults with disabilities.

Intermediate – advanced level skiers and boarders can enrol onto one of the resort’s clinics and season-long programs. Set within the varying terrain of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, these clinics aim to take your skills to the next level!

How much does it cost to ski at Mammoth?

Thanks to the resort’s competitive ski passes* and lift tickets, a day on the Mammoth ski slopes is cheaper than you think!

The Mammoth mountain ski passes offer the perfect day on the slopes for all

The Ikon pass

Offering unlimited skiing/riding across a number of options, selecting an Ikon pass unlocks priority access to Mammoth Mountain.

What’s more, you’ll also enjoy great incentives on resort shopping and dining out in Mammoth Village.

Mountain collective pass

For seasoned powderhounds, this pass unlocks unbridled access to the slopes, across 23 ski destinations. With no blackout dates and 50% off additional days, you’ll be able to ski and ride wherever and whenever the mood takes you!

Cross-country ski pass

For carefree family fun and snowy adventures, the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Season Pass lets you enjoy unlimited access to 19+ miles of cross-country trails.

Explore the scenic Mammoth Lakes basin with ease. Plus, if you’re already an Ikon pass holder you’ll be able to make the most of an extra saving and special rate!

*Please refer to Mammoth ski resort website for up-to-date ski passes and prices.

Mammoth lift tickets

With 28 lifts to hop on, Mammoth’s sophisticated lift system easily takes you where you need to be on the mountain. Of these lifts, you’ll find 3 gondalas, 23 variant speed/size chairs and 2 platter lifts.

The Mammoth ski area is serviced by 28 lifts

Worried about the crowds? With a lift capacity of 50,000 people per hour, you’ve no need to worry!

As walk-ons aren’t permitted, you’ll need to secure your ride up the mountain with a pre-booked lift ticket.

Mammoth Mountain offers a great range of lift tickets, including group/family discounts and age-dependant incentives to get you skiing.

Mammoth single and multi-day tickets

With the Mammoth single and multi-day tickets, you’ll be able to pick the number of days you’d like to enjoy the mountain for. Once you’ve got your ticket you can easily reload it, for extra days and hassle-free future trips.

Beginner-friendly lift tickets

For those starting out on their skis or board, this handy lift ticket will take you where you need to be – the beginner slopes! These discounted tickets must be booked in advance.

Instead of the entire mountain, you’ll have lift access to the beginner chairlifts (Chairs 7, 11, 15 & 17). This restricted access ticket also takes out the fear of ending up on a black run by mistake!

Plus, kids up to 4 and seniors 80+ go free

Subject to meeting the necessary age requirements, enjoy the mountain for free this winter, with this incredible season pass*. So get grandpa out on the slopes, or take your little ones for a ski day to remember.

*Booking a priority direct-to-lift ticket is subject to proof of age and a $25 processing fee.

Pass holder Friends & Family tickets

For Ikon Pass holders, reserve your Friends & Family tickets in advance. You’ll be in their good books for ages, thanks to the discounted lift tickets they will receive!

Non-ski/board lift tickets for the Panorama Gondola

For those looking to enjoy the popular scenic Gondala ride, you’ll need to purchase your tickets in advance. Each adult ticket allows up to 2 kids to travel free (12 yrs and under),

Adult (23–64 yrs)  $79
Young Adult (13–22 yrs) $65
Child (5–12 yrs)  $32
Senior (65–79 yrs) $65
For illustrative purposes only. Please refer to official resort site for latest lift ticket rates.

All pre-booked tickets are available for collection, from any of the 3 base lodge ticket windows (during operational hours).

Subject to their own operational times, additional ticket windows may also be found at the base of Chair 2 (The Mill), Chair 4 (Rollercoaster Express), Mountain Center and at Mammoth Sports in The Village.

Mammoth Mountain weather

The yearly temperature in Mammoth varies from 11°F to 76°F. It rarely drops below -0°F, or above 82°F.

Does Mammoth have snow right now? Well with a long season typically from October/November to June/July and an average snowfall of 400 inches per year, chances are it will!

Winters here are snowy, freezing and often partly cloudy. It doesn’t hurt though to check the live summit cam for Mammoth Ski Area, before you hit the slopes.

Planning ahead is always the best way to ski, so stay in the know with a live Mammoth Mountain snow report.

Mammoth ski resort weather guide

Looking to stay in Mammoth Lakes over summer? You’ll enjoy a comfortable, dry climate with clear skies. Its great weather makes it ideal for hiking, mountain biking, water sports and extreme outdoor sports.

Mammoth Mountain lodging

Now you’re ready to stay, what are the best Mammoth Lakes rentals for a ski vacation?

For the perfect Mammoth lakes lodgings and cabins pick Top Villas

Firstly for the ultimate ski break, renting out one of our mountain cabins or modern condos in Mammoth Lakes guarantees you the ultimate experience!

Secondly, its not just ski season we have covered. Top villas also bring you the best year-round Mammoth vacation rentals.

That’s because our luxury homes are superbly equipped for all-weather vacations, plus they offer proximity to the ski slopes, the golf fairways and the year-round activities of Mammoth.

Mammoth Lakes cabins

For the ultimate ski break in Mammoth, renting out a cozy cabin is a must! Surrounded by a scenic, snowy wonderland – you’ll find our Mammoth Lakes cabins hit the spot.

Mammoth Lakes 2 offers a cozy cabin rental in Mammoth Mountain ski resort
Mammoth Lakes 2

Equipped with roaring fireplaces and hot tubs with amazing views for stargazing, each 4-bedroom cabin for 10 provides a captivating forest retreat.

Plus reaching the ski slopes is easy, as you’re just a short stroll away from Mammoth village. As well as offering easy access to the slopes, the year-round resort village offers a plethora of amenities and live entertainment to enhance your ski break.

Are you looking to embrace an active vacation in the Great Outdoors this spring break, summer or fall?

Our family and group-friendly cabins in Mammoth Lakes are also equipped with an alfresco dining set and BBQ. Plus from their enchanting woodland settings, you’ll be able to embark on the breath-taking mountain trails, by foot or by bike.

Mammoth Lakes condos and townhomes

Our Mammoth Mountain lodging suits all group sizes. So if you’re a small group of friends or a couple looking to enjoy more space than a hotel room, we recommend exploring our Mammoth Lakes condos and townhomes.

Mammoth Lakes 9 makes a perfect Mammoth Mountain ski condo rental
Mammoth Lakes 9

Equipped with the modern comforts of home, our stylish condos and townhomes provide a fantastic ski base in Mammoth Mountain.

You’ll find many equipped with all the best-loved features of a cabin stay, including a roaring fire. What’s more, many of our 1-3 bedroom condos enjoy access to an on-site pool or hot tub.

Looking for more space and luxury but not out in the woods? A modern and accessible townhome is the Mammoth Mountain lodging for you!

A Mammoth Lakes townhome provides a super vacation in Mammoth Ski resort
Mammoth Lakes 19

You’ll find our Mammoth vacation townhomes equipped with private amenities for your group to enjoy, such as hot tubs, outdoor dining areas and BBQs.

Our exclusive 2-5 bedroom townhomes also place your friends and family within easy reach of Mammoth village, the ski slopes and year-round activities of Mammoth Lakes.

Are there pet-friendly cabins in Mammoth Lakes?

Top Villas is happy to provide pet-friendly vacation rentals in Mammoth Lakes.

Equipped with all the must-have mod cons, our latest pet-friendly homes in Mammoth really do offer every creature comfort!

A vacation in Mammoth Mountain ski resort isn't complete without your four-legged friend!

Which ever season you choose to stay, Mammoth Lakes offers a rich and varied vacation destination for winter sports fans and lovers of the Great Outdoors.

Why book with Top Villas?

Reserving your Mammoth lodging with Top Villas not only means enjoying luxury accommodation at an amazing price. You’ll also benefit from our first-class customer service.

Top Villas go the extra mile. In fact our wide range of travel extras aim to please! From car hire, babysitting and private chef, to discounted tickets and more, we’re here for you.

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