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Mammoth is wonderful, except for the creepy gondola supervisor I always enjoy it!... Full Review
Great snow, great mountain but prices have gotten out of hand. $20 for a daily locker, $20 hamburger & $249 for a single day lift ticket, which is just gouging.... Full Review
Great place, great terrain. But lots of wind holds. ... Full Review
This is one of California's biggest resorts with amazing terrain options. The town of Mammoth is fun enough, and offers good restaurant choices and lodging. Even an RV park.
On mountain options are excellent, no matter your ability, and you can even ski at 11,000 feet an unusual elevation for the Sierra.
The biggest dig is cost and this makes it terrible for families.
Alterra is all about their profits.... Full Review
Sam Taylor and Karen really helped us out with our lift tickets due to a major snow storm happening at Mammoth Mtn. Great customer service and Sam was very attentive to our situation . 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️... Full Review
Not family-friendly, and is very expensive. lots of traversing. parking is limited. Driving there can be dangerous and the road is closed off in the winter. Outdated. far better options in the area for jus about any visitor. All hype but does not deliver ... Full Review
I've lived in Mammoth for 19 winters. Over that time, I've seen some gradual changes to the mountain that have made it less fun to ski. I don't eat on the mountain, don't ski with my family, and living in Mammoth, only ski on weekdays. So, please consider my comments given my usage patterns. Over these 19 years, the mountain has gradually got more and more crowded. Parking is bad unless you get up there early or manage to get lucky around lunchtime (when some of the morning skiers leave). I mainly like to ski powder and the top of the mountain. The snow up there can be superb, especially after big wind events when the wind buff is the ultimate ego snow. But, my biggest gripe, is on powder days, they don't open the top of the mountain until usually noon, if at all. I think this is the result of understaffing and corporate lawyers, but that's just a guess. What happens, is that everyone in town who can, comes out on the powder morning, together with lots of powder hounds from LA. Although Mammoth mountain is a big mountain, they're all compressed onto the lower mountain. The result is that the powder gets tracked out almost instantly. Then, hours later, they (may) finally open the upper mountain. But, generally you have no way of knowing when or if that will happen. If they do open the upper mountain, all the powder skiers ride to the top and the top gets tracked out almost immediately again. So, unless you're willing to hang out in a life line (like 23 or the upper gondola) for 45' or more hoping that they (may) open at some point, you're largely stuck to skiing tracked out crud. It's a shame. When I first moved to Mammoth you could get lots of relatively untracked powder. But, the increased crowds (particularly since IKON) combined with the fact that all the powder hounds are compressed into only part of the mountain, means it's quite hard to find untracked runs anymore.... Full Review
Visited February 27- March 6. Although it needs snow, most trails has good hard packed powder, hard and fast as they said. Lodges are large. for breaks were good, not to jammed until weekend arrivals. Be sure, if you want, to check out the woolly mammoth inside McCoy station half way down. But please, upgrade the signage,it was horrid.... Full Review
I live in Tahoe and have skied nearly every resort in the western united states. I've skied Mammoth probably 25 days over the last 5 years.
The mountain itself is very nice, with a good mix of beginner through expert runs. Lots of off-piste, yet only a small percentage of the skiers even consider leaving the corduroy. In other words there are lots of skiers with very expensive gear but no game to back it up.
The mountain doesn't have the amount of extreme terrain of a Squaw/Pacific Palisades, but it is big enough and diverse enough to keep most expert skiers very happy.
There are only 2 real problems with Mammoth. First, on Saturdays the lift-lines can get really long. And if one lift at the bottom is out of commission for a little while everything completely bogs down. Last Saturday morning the gondola was only running between the main base and McCormick Lodge. That resulted in a +30 minute lift line as far away as Canyon Lodge. The good news is that by Sunday nearly all of the 1,000's of Angelenos are packing up to leave, and the lines are a fraction of what they were the day before (of course, holidays excluded).
The second issue is the food. Now I get it that a seasoned skier complaining about on-mountain food is like someone who drives a BMW complaining about the lack of cup holders. Still, the food here so bad that someone needs to point it out. Last week I had two on-mountain lunches over three days. The first was a loaded baked potato at McCormicks. The second was a chicken sandwich at Eagle Lodge. The potato wasn't completely cooked. I could only eat the outside of the potato as the middle was rock-hard. Also, it was cold. I had to mash the butter into the potato, but the potato was so cold that I was stuck with pieces of potato and completely separate pieces of butter. I ate the outside 1/4 inch of the potato and threw the middle away.
The chicken sandwich was simply un-eatable. Both my daughter and I took one bite of our sandwiches and gagged. The chicken was a dark grey/purplish color and tasted like it had been boiled w/o any seasoning. The bun was wet, and no where in the sandwich was there the slightest iota of flavor. Another wasted $14/sandwich. Do yourself a favor and pack-in your own lunch.... Full Review
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