Last December’s winter storms coupled with this year’s abundant snowfall and new attractions on the Mountain have Mammoth fans enjoying an epic season.
There’s a lot to smile about in Mammoth these days. A series of storms that barreled across the Pacific last winter may have brought a seemingly endless deluge of rain and wind for most of the Golden State, but for Mammoth Mountain, Mother Nature’s fury was greeted with open arms as the Mountain recorded its snowiest December in history. Three feet-a-day of the white stuff became the norm for most of the month as the resort’s slopes tallied a record 17 feet of snow (that’s 209 inches!). Coupled with additional snowstorms in November and January, the Mountain is now only 50 inches shy of its average annual snowfall total. And all that powder timed its arrival just as Mammoth was rolling-out loads of new features guaranteed to make a trip to the Eastern Sierras a truly worthwhile adventure.
For those who can’t stand the thought of missing a single invigorating face shot of Sierra powder, Mammoth has introduced an on-mountain food truck known as Roving Mammoth for the 2010/2011 season. The converted Snow Cat serves up breakfast and lunch burritos along with plenty of caffeinated fuel like coffee and Red Bull. The truck makes stops at the bottom of chairlifts without food access, making the time-consuming trek to find a hot meal all but obsolete. The love doesn’t end with food either as Roving Mammoth has the party crowd covered, serving beer specials on the weekends. And like urban food trucks, this mountain version moves throughout the day, with its location updated via Twitter and Facebook.
Mammoth Mountain’s Stomping Grounds
If you’ve got the itch to catch some serious air, but haven’t quite perfected the whole landing thing yet, Mammoth has got your back (and other body parts) there too. The Mountain’s signature terrain park, The Stomping Grounds, has added two acrobags (large airbags placed in the jumps landing zone) to help snow sliders conquer new tricks without the consequences of a poor touch down. It’s $5 bucks for a one-time go on the acrobags, or shell out a $20 spot and you get all-day access to huck yourself any which way you please, as many times as you like.
Whether you’ve got kids or just want to act like one, Woolly’s Winter Carnival is sure to deliver plenty of fun for all ages. The February 25-27 event will feature sledding, snowmobile rides, a scavenger hunt, carnival games and more. To top it off, kids’ 7-12 also ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket.
And if you needed any more incentive to visit during this epic season, daily non-stop flights from both San Francisco and Los Angeles International Airports to Mammoth Lakes are now available.