Mammoth ROCKS! I too have skied several mountains in this country and find Mammoth to have everything we need for a great family weekend.The prices are not to be criticized being that they are in line with everything else in pricey California. We have been going to Mammoth for nearly 15 years and have seen a myriad of changes take place but all for the better.
It's great to arrive there and not have to drive at all for the whole time because it's all in one walking area if you are staying around the village.
For those who are not content with staying in the condo after a full ski day and cooking, drinking, laughing, playing games, rocking out swapping stories, or taking a star gazing walk before bed, there is a reasonably decent nightlife. We don't want Mammoth to be built up to include long lines at overdone foo foo clubs, or more traffic around town because one needs 30 or 40 choices for dinner instead of 15 or 20. Mammoth has done a great job at keeping the newly renovated town feeling like a village.
Most ski resorts are in the "bowl" inside the mountain created to make a resort, but Mammoth mountain is not dug out to make a bowl style resort. The shops and restaurants are around the outside base of the bottom of the mountain so that the town doesn't feel crowded. It feels more spread out, as does, the mountain itself.
Of the 150 runs, mostly all open at all times, Mammoth lift lines - as crowded as they look on weekends - move quickly and once on the mountain, I never feel crowded while skiing. Even the beginner runs are scenic and long and many beginning runs go nearly to the top giving you beginners more bang for your buck. It's amazing that there are so many options for all types of skiers.
We have gone there with non skiers who also say that there is plenty to explore and do during the day while they wait for us snow bunnies.