As our newest location and one of the most significant on-average snowfalls of any resort in California. Mammoth Mountain is a dream for all skiers and riders who enjoy deep powder, warm spring days, and an apres scene like no other. Even if you don’t ski, the accessibility from major cities in California makes it a must for anyone trying to get away and enjoy the winter.
When you think of Mammoth you probably think about all the world-class skiing they have but you probably forget about all the other activities the mountain and town have to offer. Fear not my winter friends as we have put compiled a list of some of the best things to do in Mammoth, besides skiing of course.
Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center
Ok I know we said things to do besides skiing but the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center is more than just a way to get your ski fix without going down the mountain. They also offer snowshoe rentals as well and with 19 miles of trails that wind around the Twin Lakes and surrounding forest. This is a great way to still get some exercise while exploring the amazing views and lakes that Mammoth has to offer.
Take a walk through the Village
The Village is the heartbeat of the town of Mammoth and for good reason. Located in the center of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort this village was designed to be walkable so you can leave the car at home. Stroll the snowy streets and check out one of the many shops or restaurants that surround the village. There’s also a free gondola that runs daily between the Village and the Canyon Lodge that will take you right up to the hill. If you take this lift up, and you’re not skiing, you have to check out the snow-side Lincoln Bar for all your people-watching activities.
Speaking of gondola rides, the Village to Canyon Lodge isn’t even the best one. For $40 you can ride the Panorama Gondola with stunning 360° views of the Sierra Mountain Range and beyond. Climb 11,053 ft up the mountain and enjoy lunch at the Eleven53 Café before heading over to the Interpretive Center where you can learn about the history and geology of Mammoth Mountain.
If you’re still trying to experience some high speeds without all the hassle of skiing then Woolly’s Tube Park is where you want to be. With a new Magic Carpet, and more lanes that have all been extended it makes it easier to hot lap this hill than ever before. There’s also a large snow play area, viewing area, and snack bar that provides hot cocoa and adult beverages.
You can also extend your sledding pass by upgrading your ticket to include a ticket on the Panorama Gondola.
Try out a different type of sledding
Go explore the woods of Mammoth with a snowmobile adventure through the High Sierra. With over 100 miles of trails to travel this is a great way for beginners and experts alike to see a different side of Mammoth that’s usually inaccessible by any other means. Follow a guide who will take you to whatever zone you may be searching for and discover some untouched powder.
With so many activities to do in Mammoth, it really does make it one of the best winter vacation destinations in California!