GOOD SNOW, HUGE MTN, DIVERSE TERRAIN
NIGHTLIFE LACKING, TOO EXPENSIVE NOWADAYS, WINDY
I have boarded Mammoth Mtn hundreds of times!! I have boarded there on Halloween and on July 4th. The early season and late seasons are great. This mountain by far is the second best mountain to ride on in CALI. The first and best mountain hands down is KIRKWOOD. If I could afford to move up to Mammoth, I would!! The mountain has everything you want (awesome open bowls, cornices, chutes, nice steeps, glades-tree riding, nice cruisers, groomers and bumps). I boarded late Jan. and early Feb. in Mammoth this year and it never disappoints me. I just love Mammoth and so does everyone else in Southern CALI. Some tips if you come up, if it gets too crowded on the bottom runs and lifts, try getting to another part of the resort. The terrain is huge and diverse, there is no need to start at the Main Lodge or by Broadway if it is too crowded. You can go from the East side to the West side in minutes by taking routes and lifts(plan by looking at the trial map or ask one of the lift operators). If the there is enuf snow, you must check out the backside of mountain. Its freaking amazing views, pow stashes and wide open bowls can put a grin on your face like you were teenager again! JUST DON'T GO TO MY SECRET SPOTS, LOL!! Well, I am going to CO for the first time (Keystone, Breck, Vail and A-Basin and Beaver in late February) and I hope their resorts can compare to the good times at Mammoth. I will post a review on those resorts as well. ;)
OH FOR MY FELLOW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS-just take it slow up on 395 as I have seen many fatal auto accidents and many CHP who love to give out speeding tickets. You will eventually get to paradise, there is no need to speed. Anyhow, if you have not visited Mammoth Mountain-put it on your to do list as it is a great resort.
Now for the cons-
Lack of nightlife, expensive food and lift tickets nowadays(just like every other N. American ski resort). I remember the days in the late 80's and 90's when lift tickets were 40 bucks for all day. Dang, its expensive now!! , it does get windy at times in Mammoth during pre-storms, during storms and post-storms. Don't be fooled by the blue skies especially on upper portions of the mountain when it can get really gusty. That's pretty much it for cons in my opinion! The pros definetely outweigh any cons!!
SOME TIPS FOR APRES SKI-
-movie theatre in town (not too many ski resort towns have a movie theatre)
-hot springs off of 395 before you get into town
-check out June Lake Loop area, good bar and cafe called the Tiger Bar
-there are good places to eat and drink in the city of Mammoth-just take the shuttle or do a short drive into town and you will find some good places to eat from fast food, pizza to the ChartHouse Restaurant (kinda expensive but if you have babe with you-take her here and damn do they have some stiff martinis!! :) but again not a happening nightlife like some UT and Colorado ski towns.
-also if you want to golf and there is no snow onthe ground in the city of Bishop (which is a half hour drive from Mammoth), you can golf in the morning and ride in the afternoon.
-I think they have closed down the nightclub spot in Mammoth, which sux!!!!
-or just spend an intimate night with your honey in your room by the fireplace with some champagne/strawberrys and have a romantic night!!!