Mammoth Mountain features over 3,500 acres of winter terrain and is equally fun for beginner and expert. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, if it's not snowing, you can pretty well be assured that it is sunny. The weather and the long ski season are what drew us here from Florida. Our first season in Mammoth Lakes was the epic winter of 2010-2011, with over 600 inches of snow. Once we experienced summer in the Eastern Sierra, we knew immediately that we had chosen our townhome in the Right Location.
One of the things we love about this location is the Yellow line. Both stops 56 and 57 are just a short walk from our front door. From there, the shuttle bus will take you to Eagle Lodge in a few minutes where you can head up the mountain on Chair 15/Eagle Express or hop the Green or Grey shuttle line into town. You can also ride it in the opposite direction to the Village, and access the entire shuttle bus and gondola system from there. If you are a beginner, there is plenty of green terrain accessible from Chair 15, and you can spend an entire day zipping around Holiday, Pumpkin, and Sleepy Hollow, and Lupin.
If you're ready to step up to blues, Christmas Tree, Bridges, and Manzanita offer some short blue runs while remaining close to Chair 15 and the green runs.
Feeling like spreading your wings? Turn right off of Eagle Express and head for Chickadee/Blue Jay or Swell. From the bottom, you can do a quick loop using Chair 8, and enjoy Hully Gully, Red Wing, Red Tail, and Swell over and over. Chair 8 is a fast chair, so be ready during load and unload!
You can also ride Canyon Express from the bottom of Swell, and continue your hop across the front face of Mammoth Mountain. From the top of Canyon Express, take Easy Rider down if you're just cruising, or Wall Street if you want a bit more out of the run. From there, it's up the Stump Alley Express lift where you can go left to McCoy Station for a drink or to access the upper leg of the Panorama Gondola, or right to Broadway and the Main Lodge. From the top of the Mountain, you can access Upper Road Runner and the back side.
If you are more of the shortest path to the top type, then enjoy a quick cruise down Holiday and head straight for Cloud Nine Express/Chair 9. It will run you straight up the mountain. If you turn right, you can choose from a solid blue in Solitude, or the more demanding Goldhill. If you turn left or drop over the edge, you can zip back down under Cloud Nine on Ricochet. Many of the pictures above are from the November 2011, with not a lot of snow on the ground on Ricochet or Solitude.