Do you love all things related to snow? Is there nothing you find more refreshing than the nip of a winter wind across your face? Do you look your best in parkas and ski boots? If this describes you, then Mammoth Lakes, California is your own heaven on earth. During the winter months, Mammoth Lakes offers every type of snow adventure from the stress-free bunny slope to the extreme backcountry slopes that will get your adrenaline flowing.
Skiing – Mammoth Lakes in one of the largest areas in North America for skiing. Mammoth Mountain has over 3,500 acres of skiable land full of heart-racing slopes. Expect to see trees, bumps, wide-open bowls and gullies during your travel down the mountain. With over 400 inches of snow falling each year on Mammoth Mountain, the ski resort is one of the first to open in November and can stay open as late as July 4th. Just a short trip north and you will reach the nearby June Mountain, which offers a smaller, kid-friendly option for those who are looking for something different from Mammoth Mountain.
Cross Country Skiing – There are many opportunities to get in your exercise and take in the beautiful scenery during your skiing excursion. Head to the Inyo National Forest where you can follow the trail through the mountain terrain to find destination spots such as Inyo Craters, Obsidian Dome and Hot Creek. You can also take midnight tours, while the full moon is shining down on the Twin Lakes for an amazing one-of-a-kind experience.
Snowboarding – Mammoth Mountain was named one of the top 10 destinations for snowboarding in North America, so you can be sure that while you are there, you will have plenty of company in the parks including the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team! Mammoth Mountain has 7 parks and 3 halfpipes, so whether you are a professional or it is your first time on the board, you will find a terrain suited for your skill level.
Dogsledding – Ready to relax and get off your feet? Try taking a ride on a traditional dog sled. You can sit back under a toasty warm blanket and enjoy the scenery while the excellently trained dog team leads the way through meadows and around the frozen lakes. Don’t forget to take a treat to show your appreciation!
Snowcat Tours – The Snowcat will take you on an adventure like none other. You will be able to trek across the eastern Sierra Mountains in first-class luxury, stop for a fine dining experience at Parallax and then take in the majestic scenery at the top of the mountain where you will be able to view the Minarets and the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Snowmobiling – One of the most fun and exciting ways to see Mammoth Lakes in on a snowmobile. Take a tour of Lookout Mountain, Bald Mountain or any of the other locations along the 80 miles of snowmobile trails in the area. You can take in the entire expanse of the town and the Eastern Sierra’s with one of Mammoth Lakes’ experienced tour guides.