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Reviews for Mammoth Mountain
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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
6+ feet of snow reported but runs still have multiple rocks that gashed up my new skis. Crew needs to improve to compete with major resorts.... Full Review
such good snow and so consistently good. as a top 10 largest resort in the US, you could spend a whole week here in not hit every run. hopefully, the top is open when you visit because there are some sweet runs for those who want to venture to the summit of 11,053 ft. have fun, know your limits. ... Full Review
Mammoth has been my home mountain for a while and unfortunately it’s operational quality has been on the decline. At first we thought it was the weather, than the pandemic, but over time you realize it’s the culture of the mountain. From over worked understaffed operations, to the litter of beer cans on the runs and in the lift lines.
Mammoth is no longer the skiers mountain it once was, and midweek storms on Wednesday and Thursday’s are often treated like snow making for the weekend warriors.
And ease of access to upper alpine and summit terrain has destroyed the quality of “expert” runs. Leaving the vast majority of the runs rock scoured and slid out.
Mammoth needs a reset, right now it is a bit of a traveling circus from the human and dog waste in the parking lots to the number of alcohol related collisions on the slopes. ... Full Review
Mammoth holds! Consistently the most snow not in Jackson Hole, a ton of expert terrain up top and off chairs 9 and 22, all the beginner-intermediate terrain you want on the Canyon and Eagle side. I've skied all over the country and always find myself saying; "At Mammoth though..."... Full Review
So now the latest: With the mountain closed since early March, those of us who've spent hundreds of dollars on season ("IKON") passes obviously have not been able to utilize them. Understandable and the necessary thing.
However, is Alterra doing anything to ease that loss for its customers? Oh yeah -- I just got the email offering us an additional $50 discount on our renewals for next season. REALLY? That's almost an insult. How about 50% OFF? We all bought a "product" that we can't use because the product is not available (I've gotten in ONE day on the mountain this season); now they want us to buy it again, throwing us this $50 bone...
Time for us to Mammoth-ites start a movement and let Alterra/KSL know that there's more to mountain life than corporate profit. #WHATWOULDDAVEDO... Full Review
I've been skiing Mammoth since the early '80's, and while the mountain itself is still awesome, the recent developments are not very promising. I was appalled at how many low ratings recent reviews are showing, and it's pretty clear why: KSL/Alterra has in a short time destroyed what Mammoth has been about since Dave McCoy built it, all in the name of corporate profit. They'd better get their heads out of their collective arses and understand two things:
1) Mammoth is not, and never will be, a "destination resort" like Aspen; it lacks the infrastructure and space to support such development (just ask Starwood and IntraWest how well it worked out for them).
2) Ask almost anyone who's been coming to or lives in Mammoth about it, and (aside from some business interests) almost all of them will tell you they don't WANT it to become such a place and lose the unique vibe that is Mammoth Lakes.
Mr. McCoy used to take care of the locals, with "homeboy rates" for passes, etc., as well as senior passes at an affordable price; that's all gone now, and in place of affordable passes we have the Ikon pass that gives access to a bunch of other resorts that most denizens of Mammoth have no use for. If we didn't happen to own a place in Mammoth, we'd likely stop coming. As it is now, I wonder how much longer I can afford to continue skiing this mountain.... Full Review
Mammoth is just to expensive for what you get. Long lines, expensive foods, on an already ridiculous ticket price. Lower the prices ditch the IKon pass. Add a play area for children at the lodges not everyone skis or snowboards. Going to the mountain used to be a fun inexpensive experience for all. Also bring back local discounts a deals!... Full Review
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