Mammoth Mountain Snowboarding
The MOST popular snowboarding destination in California.
Wednesday 2 January 2019 03:25 GMT
East of San Francisco near the town of Mammoth Lakes, the Mammoth Mountain Resort is the premier snowboarding destination in northern California. The ski area is located on a conical volcanic peak with runs spread around the front and back sides. Overall, it has 150 runs spread over 3,500 acres served by 28 lifts accessing a maximum vertical descent of 3,100 feet. The runs have a level of difficulty ranging from 25% easy to 40% intermediate to 35% difficult.
Mammonth Mountain is best known to freestyle snowboarders for its nine expansive terrain parks with over 200 features that are open almost six months of the year. South Park is a BMX-style terrain park that is located off Chair 4. If that park works for you, you'll probably also enjoy Jibs Galore Park. If you’re with the family, then The Canyon Lodge Family Park may be a good place to start. Lastly, you’ll definitely want to explore the busy Unbound Park, which is located above the Main Lodge via Unbound Express lift, where you’ll find the biggest kickers, tables and step-ups, along with the 22 foot superpipe.
But, Mammoth also offers big freeride snowboarding lines. After storms, try the runs off lifts 9, 22, 23 and 24 on Lincoln Mountain. If those lifts are still closed due to weather, there's always the reliable CHair 12. Looking for steeps? Try Wipeout Chutes and the Paranoids. Then, for some more excitement, try the vertical drop off Climax for a real taste of gravity. There is also some good freeriding on the sidecountry off Sherwin Ridge. If that isn't enough for you, extreme and experienced snowboarders with avi gear can take advantage of the open boundary policy at Mammoth to ride the o.b. Hole in the Wall off Daves Run and grab the free shuttle at the bottom to get back to base.
Following a hardcore day of snowboarding at Mammoth, you'll probably want to check out the apres ski action at the Canyon Beach Bar, Grizzy Bar, Tusk Bar or Yodler at the Main Lodge base. For nightlife in the village of Mammoth Lakes, you can try Clocktower Cellar, Whiskey Creeek and Slocums.
Mammoth Lakes is a sprawling town with most accomodations miles from the slopes. Mammoth Mountain Resort has three distinct base areas called Canyon Lodge, Eagle Lodge and Main Lodge, which are interconnected with a free shuttle bus. The ski area is known for its big weekend crowds from LA, so try coming up for deserted slopes mid-week. Mammoth is located equidistant between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but it's a long, long drive from each. The nearest airport is Mammonth Lakes Airport (MMH).
Overall, Mammoth Mountain is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 19 snowboarding resorts in California.