Mammoth Mountain Ski Holidays - Upgraded state-of-the-art lift system
Mammoth's 3500 acres make it one of the biggest ski areas in North America, along side Vail and the multi-mountain resorts of Whistler - Blackcomb and Aspen - Snowmass. The terrain is evenly balanced with 30% of the slopes graded easy, mostly on the wooded lower slopes, with the vast open snow bowls above the treeline largely given over to black and double black diamond standard slopes (advanced to expert).
Mammoth has spent around $100 million in the last five years to upgrade lifts and enhance skier services. The most recent projects include upgrading the gondola system to an eight-passenger high-speed lift and the addition of three high-speed quads. The addition of these faster lifts has helped to rocket Mammoth back up the chart in the newly important 'high speed lifts' league, whilst maintaining its eternal North American top 3 position for hourly uplift - only it and fellow Intrawest resort Whistler-Blackcomb have broken the 50,000 skiers-per-hour barrier.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Mammoth Mountain - Suitable to all ski ability levels
Mammoth is big enough to be able to offer genuinely the "something for all level of skier" claim that most resorts make but a good proportion don't deliver to any great extent - usually in either the beginner or expert category. Beginners at Mammoth can benefit from a special deal which gives them an all-day lift pass, rental and all-day tuition for little more than the cost of a normal day's lift ticket (without the rentals and tuition). After you've learnt the basics the ultra low priced beginner ticket, covering three lifts serving terrain suitable for your ability level, is another good economy option.
Intermediates have the majority of the terrain, and the option to use their Mammoth Pass at June Mountain, also owned by the resort and located 17 miles (28km) north of the resort. It has a further 35 trails to offer. With 40% of the terrain graded intermediate, the remaining third of the mountain has advanced level terrain, and Mammoth has a world-class reputation for race training, so there's plenty to entertain experts on a week's holiday.
Cheap Ski Holidays in Mammoth Mountain - Great Easter skiing
Mammoth is almost unique in North America having a 'second season' beginning after Easter and typically running through to early July. Mountain skiers and 'boarders are advised to carry clothing suitable for either hot or cold temperatures, because of changeable conditions during the day at this time of year. The best skiing of the day is in the morning, starting on east facing trails and ending your 'day' in the early afternoon, probably stripped down to T shirt and shorts by the time the snow is too wet and heavy in the afternoon heat. Then its time to move onto a summer activity - fishing, biking or hiking maybe, after lunch. The resort offers night skiing to 9pm on three of its major trails - Thunder Road, Bowling Alley and Broadway. There are also 28 miles (45 km) of cross-country trails to enjoy.
The Mammoth Mountain Unbound Terrain Parks lead the industry in innovation and quality with seven parks, three pipes, 65+ jibs and 50+ jumps on 90 acres of California's favorite mountain resort. Using state-of-the-art equipment to provide a progressive environment for all levels, from beginners to a team of 13 professional athletes, the Unbound earns consistent ratings among the top parks of the world. For more information on the Unbound and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, visit mammothunbound.wordpress.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.
Mammoth's après ski is often lively, especially at weekends, and the atmosphere is always informal. At least one live band is playing at one of the resort's venues every night. As the base village grows so do the facilities for the nigh on a million annual visitors. Some of the more lively options include Whiskey Creek, which often has live acts, and Slocums which is apparently most popular with Mammoth's locals. Karaoke fans will enjoy the scene at Shoguns and Grumpys Saloon opens at 7am every day and stays open 'until the fun runs out'. Angel's is famous for its cocktails and range of imported beers.
If you don't fancy starting your après relaxation until late, skiing and boarding continues under the floodlights until 9 at weekends, and many other activities are available in the evenings.
Mammoth has a wide choice of non-downhill-sliding activities. Still out on the snow you can try dog sledding, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing or cross country skiing.
There are 50 restaurants around Mammoth offering a very wide choice of cuisine. Apart from standard American fayre, Italian is served at Perry's Italian Café, Giovanni's and Slocums. The AustriaHof has German meals and the Alpenrose Swiss. Sushi Rei and Shoguns offer a wide variety of sushi and for gourmet one of the best choices is the Lakefront Restaurant, which has an extensive wine list.
Families will find that the majority of restaurants have kids menus but that Angels is one of the most family friendly.