Big Mountain, Big Snow

by: craigerv - Apr 2, 2010

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 2

    Pros: Great Terrain, Big Snow, Cliffs, Warm Weather

    Cons: Windblown, Open Roger's Run!!

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2010


Full review

Big Mountain, Big Snow. This place is for real. To really get the full enjoyment of this place, you have to be an expert skier or at least a strong intermediate aspiring to be great.

First off, this place is huge. I skied the entire mountain but spent the majority of my time on Chair 22, Chair 5, and Chair 23. I was fortunate to show up at the beginning of three straight powder days, so I saw Mammoth at a great time. The top of the mountain is fantastic. Nothing but wide open runs, best suited for powder. You could stay up there all day if you wanted and pick any of a hundred lines. There are bowl runs, chutes, cornices, cliffs, couloirs, and of course deep powder. Most of the runs up top are double black so if you're not up to it, I suggest you not get on the gondola. My favorites up top were Dropout and Wipeout Chutes. Very steep runs that allow you to play between rocks with a few opportunities for air.

On powder days, when everyone else also knows it's a powder day, get yourself to Chair 5, EARLY! When they open it, you have an opporunity to ski some of the most enjoyable cruising powder runs on the mountain. They're highly visible too, so feel free to strut your stuff on your way down and launch off a few rocks into the untouched. I really enjoyed Sanctuary and Silver. Once you're at Chair 5, keep an eye on the top of the mountain because when they open it, people go pouring onto it. When it opens, head to Chair 23 to beat the hoards down Dropout and Wipeout Chutes.

If the wind prevents the top from opening up, check out the runs off Broadway Express. There are some decent tree runs in there as well as a nice boulder directly under the lift that you can catch some air off of. If you can make it all the way to the back side by Chair 14, on a good day you will have an amazing tree skiing experience. The top part under the chair is lots of fun. There are good steeps and chutes some opportunities for good air, followed by some beautiful tree runs at the bottom.

My only complaint for my 4 days of amazing skiing was that Roger's Run was not open. Despite having perfect conditions at least two days in a row, Roger's remained closed. Check out the picture and tell me you don't feel the same way.

All in all, this place is a fabulous place to ski. It's a bit of a drive from Reno Airport but well worth it. The terrain is geared for expert skiers so if you're looking to ski top notch stuff, this is a great place to test yourself and see some awesome skiers in the process. I'll definitely be going back the same week next year!

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