Mountain Guide

Mammoth Trail Guides

 

Beginner

With a full quarter of the terrain dedicated to green groomers and 6 rolling carpet areas, Mammoth is great for starting out. The majority of the easier runs are spread amongst the three base areas. Mammoth offers beginners a ~50% discount on lift tickets with restricted access to one chair at each base area (including Chairs 7,11,15, and 17). For the more experienced beginner, there are some mellow blue runs (e.g. Manzanita & Christmas Tree) serviced via the Eagle Express chair (15). 

Intermediate

The majority of Mammoth's lifts service intermediate terrain. Trails are well marked and most of the intermediate runs are groomed. Mammoth excels at dispersing terrain of varying difficulty across the  mountain. As a result, there is almost always an option to work your way up to a more challenging black run. No matter which base area you choose as a home base, there will always be endless opportunity to test your skills.

Advanced/Expert

Just over a third of the terrain here is designated black or double black. Chairs 22, 23 and the Upper Panorama Gondola lead almost exclusively to expert terrain. Chair 23 offers above tree line, steep runs. If you are craving steeps but visibility is poor, head over to chair 22. The backside and outskirts of the mountain also offer plenty of expert terrain and tend to hold fresh snow longer.

  • Mammoth is spread across four base areas, each offering terrain for all skill levels. Eagle Lodge is the best area for groups of varying skill level with generous beginner terrain and easy access to the steeps of Lincoln Mountain

  • The upper mountain is exposed and rocky; stay low for groomers and/or trees

Top Trail Picks

Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There
 

Starting Out

Schoolyard

Narrow, yet gentle and opens up into a wide groomer. Lap this a few times, then move on to the Canyon Express

Canyon Lodge; Directly underneath the Schoolyard Express

Learning

Pumpkin

A long, mellow run from Eagle Lodge. There are usually fewer beginners here allowing more space to make turns

Exit Eagle Express to the left; follow Holiday Run into Pumpkin

Easy Scenic

Sesame Street

Easy run with panoramic views of the upper mountain, giving you something to work towards

Main Lodge; Exit Discovery Chair to the left

Steeper
Groomer

Solitude

This very wide and always groomed trail is perfect for practicing turns on steeper terrain; to step it up, stay left where it's littered with trees

Canyon Lodge; Take High 5 Express and exit to the left

Warming up

Broadway

This wide open groomer makes for a perfect warm up from the Main Lodge; venture into glades on either side

Main Lodge; Exit Stump Alley to the right or Broadway Express to the left

Scenic Cruiser

White Bark Ridge

Don't look any further for a relaxed cruiser off of the Backside; here you will find the same beautiful views as Road Runner but with less thigh burn 

Exit Chair 12 or 13 and you will be dropped off directly in front of the run 

Bumps (Learning)

Crosswalk 

When ungroomed, this makes a great  introduction to bumps; it's a shorter run and ends in a groomer to regroup

Main Lodge; Exit Rollercoaster to the right and follow the chair down

Groomer

Wall Street

Feel the burn on this long, winding groomer; ideal for a warm up

Exit Rollercoaster or Canyon Express to the right; follow the signs for Wall St.

Burner

Road Runner

This 3 mile cruiser wind around the backside offering spectacular views of the Minaret Mountain Range in the distance; returns to Main Lodge

Three lifts converge at the start of this run; Take Upper Panorama Gondola, Chair 23, or Chair 14 

Bumps (Advanced)

West Bowl

Mammoth is known for grooming many of its bumps before they get to big, but West Bowl is usually left alone

Exit Chair 3 (Face Lift Express) to the right and stay to the skiers left of the lift

Bumps (Advanced)

Dropout Chutes

The Mammoth wind buff often leaves these Chutes filled with snow. Line up your turns through the tight chutes before exiting into an open bowl

Exit Chair 23 to the left.

Steep & Deep

The Hemlocks

A backcountry terrain park that you are unlikely to find anywhere else (in-bounds that is)

Access from chair 14. Take Road Runner and stay left until you reach the hiking access (hike is ~0.25 miles)

Fresh Powder

Avalanche Shoots

Steep double black terrain. Many skiers do not know how to get to the entrance, which makes for a great powder day

From the top of Lift 22, proceed past the Ski Patrol hut and look for the entrance on your right; follow the edge of the fence line

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Mammoth has 7 on mountain dining options, the majority of which are mainly cafeteria style and located at the base lodges. That said, there are a couple of gems that are not to be missed. The Outpost, nestled on the back side of the mountain has tasty eats and breathtaking views. Our top picks are below:

The Outpost

The Outpost is the most unique place to stop for a bite at Mammoth Mountain. Located on the Backside, the Outpost offers one of the best views on the mountain. Variety is lacking, but the gourmet grilled cheese and soup from the Melt House combined with the a patio perfect for relaxing, will not disappoint.

Cheese Toast

McCoy Station

Located at the halfway point of the Panorama Gondola, McCoy Station is a convenient rendezvous spot for those on the Main Lodge portion of the mountain. Here you will find a greater variety of food options from Asian to Mexican. The Steeps Bar at McCoy Station offers indoor/outdoor seating with a great view of the slopes underneath.

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The Mill

Technically one of four base lodges, The Mill does not give off that sort of feel. Instead, you will find a laid back atmosphere and house made BBQ. We also appreciate the convenience - it is located at the base of two express chairs (2 & 10). Keep an eye out for the daily food and drink specials.

Mammoth_Dining_TheMill
 
Terrain Mix
 

Mammoth Mountain Stats

Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 11,053 ft | 3,369m

  • Vertical Drop: 3,100 ft | 945m

  • Base: 7,953 ft | 2,424m

  • Total Area: 3,500 acres |14.2 sq km

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Sierra Nevada

  • 150 Trails   

  • 9 Bowls

  • 11 Terrain Parks

Peaks
  • The Summit (11,053 ft)

  • McCoy Station (9,640 ft)

Bases
  • Main Lodge (8,909 ft)

  • The Mill (8,790 ft)

  • Canyon Lodge (8,343 ft)

  • Eagle Lodge (7,953 ft)

On Mountain Dining

  • 7 on mountain / base area options (see our guide)

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 50,000 ppl / hr

28 Total Lifts

  • 3 Gondolas

  • 2 High speed six packs

  • 9 High speed quads

  • 2 Quads

  • 6 Triples

  • 4 Doubles

  • 2 Tows

  • 1 Minimum lift to access peak from base

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