Mammoth in Pictures: It's Easy to See Why it's Hard to Leave

Even socked in, Mammoth is magical. - ©Heather B. Fried

Even socked in, Mammoth is magical.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Even socked in, Mammoth is magical. - ©Heather B. Fried
Mammoth had us at the airport already. - ©Heather B. Fried

Mammoth had us at the airport already.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Mammoth had us at the airport already. - ©Heather B. Fried
Wide open bowls and technical terrain off Mammoth's awesome Chair 23. - ©Heather B. Fried

Wide open bowls and technical terrain off Mammoth's awesome Chair 23.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Wide open bowls and technical terrain off Mammoth's awesome Chair 23. - ©Heather B. Fried
Mammoth Tavern's take on a Moscow Mule. - ©Heather B. Fried

Mammoth Tavern's take on a Moscow Mule.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Mammoth Tavern's take on a Moscow Mule. - ©Heather B. Fried
Mammoth Tavern in town. - ©Heather B. Fried

Mammoth Tavern in town.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Mammoth Tavern in town. - ©Heather B. Fried
Dry Creek Bar at Mammoth Mountain Inn serves up a mean cocktail with a view to match. - ©Heather B. Fried

Dry Creek Bar at Mammoth Mountain Inn serves up a mean cocktail with a view to match.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Dry Creek Bar at Mammoth Mountain Inn serves up a mean cocktail with a view to match. - ©Heather B. Fried
At The Mill Café on Mammoth Mountain, you can either get the chili in a bread bowl or wish you had. - ©Heather B. Fried

At The Mill Café on Mammoth Mountain, you can either get the chili in a bread bowl or wish you had.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

At The Mill Café on Mammoth Mountain, you can either get the chili in a bread bowl or wish you had. - ©Heather B. Fried
Two warm hams head into the backcountry. - ©Victor Roberto

Two warm hams head into the backcountry.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Two warm hams head into the backcountry. - ©Victor Roberto
Besides a powder day, you couldn't ask for much better than this. - ©Victor Roberto

Besides a powder day, you couldn't ask for much better than this.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Besides a powder day, you couldn't ask for much better than this. - ©Victor Roberto
Beacon on, check. - ©Victor Roberto

Beacon on, check.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Beacon on, check. - ©Victor Roberto
This is the way we adjust our touring bindings. - ©Victor Roberto

This is the way we adjust our touring bindings.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

This is the way we adjust our touring bindings. - ©Victor Roberto
Skin goes on, ski goes up. - ©Victor Roberto

Skin goes on, ski goes up.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Skin goes on, ski goes up. - ©Victor Roberto
Our locally-made touring vehicles for the day. - ©Victor Roberto

Our locally-made touring vehicles for the day.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Our locally-made touring vehicles for the day. - ©Victor Roberto
Want to ski that? Maybe next time... - ©Victor Roberto

Want to ski that? Maybe next time...
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Want to ski that? Maybe next time... - ©Victor Roberto
Once you get the hang of it, touring is super efficient. - ©Victor Roberto

Once you get the hang of it, touring is super efficient.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Once you get the hang of it, touring is super efficient. - ©Victor Roberto
Up we go! - ©Heather B. Fried

Up we go!
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Up we go! - ©Heather B. Fried
Try to keep skis flat to the fall line when the going gets steep. - ©Victor Roberto

Try to keep skis flat to the fall line when the going gets steep.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Try to keep skis flat to the fall line when the going gets steep. - ©Victor Roberto
Look out for that snow around those bushes, you junk show. - ©Victor Roberto

Look out for that snow around those bushes, you junk show.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Look out for that snow around those bushes, you junk show. - ©Victor Roberto
At the summit of our backcountry touring adventure. - ©Victor Roberto

At the summit of our backcountry touring adventure.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

At the summit of our backcountry touring adventure. - ©Victor Roberto
Howie of Sierra Mountain Guides impressing us with his geo knowledge. - ©Victor Roberto

Howie of Sierra Mountain Guides impressing us with his geo knowledge.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Howie of Sierra Mountain Guides impressing us with his geo knowledge. - ©Victor Roberto
Getting ready to make our backcountry descent after a couple hours' climb. - ©Victor Roberto

Getting ready to make our backcountry descent after a couple hours' climb.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Getting ready to make our backcountry descent after a couple hours' climb. - ©Victor Roberto
Making our way back down after touring up. - ©Victor Roberto

Making our way back down after touring up.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Making our way back down after touring up. - ©Victor Roberto
Oops, was I supposed to wait? - ©Victor Roberto

Oops, was I supposed to wait?
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Oops, was I supposed to wait? - ©Victor Roberto
Enjoying the serenity touring back to June Mountain. - ©Victor Roberto

Enjoying the serenity touring back to June Mountain.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Enjoying the serenity touring back to June Mountain. - ©Victor Roberto
Back on June Mountain, the spring conditions left a bit to be desired. - ©Victor Roberto

Back on June Mountain, the spring conditions left a bit to be desired.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Back on June Mountain, the spring conditions left a bit to be desired. - ©Victor Roberto
Downloading the lift at June Mountain. - ©Victor Roberto

Downloading the lift at June Mountain.
Copyright: Victor Roberto

Downloading the lift at June Mountain. - ©Victor Roberto
Clocktower Cellar

Clocktower Cellar "beer guy" who made my whiskey drink. Everybody's nice here, even when you're so obviously a tourist.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Clocktower Cellar
Even the flight attendants to and from Mammoth Lakes airport were cool, giving my boot bag it's own seat and row. - ©Heather B. Fried

Even the flight attendants to and from Mammoth Lakes airport were cool, giving my boot bag it's own seat and row.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried

Even the flight attendants to and from Mammoth Lakes airport were cool, giving my boot bag it's own seat and row. - ©Heather B. Fried

Resort: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area