Why wait? The first storm of the season hit Mammoth on Nov. 1 and produced enough snow that officials decided to open Mammoth Mountain a week early. Skiers and snowboarders can get firs tracks at the massive California ski resort the first weekend of November.
Mammoth Mountain’s planned opening day 2022 was Nov. 11. But with the snowfall and snowmaking running 24 hours a day, there’s enough powder so yeah, why wait?
The temperatures are in the upper 40s and dropping into the low 20s and upper teens at night. So you better warm up on those coffee schnapps drinks for ski apres after a day on the slopes.
Lift ticket prices – you better have some of that schnapps before reading this – are $149/day on weekends ($109 on opening weekend). A two-day ticket is $250 and a three-day ticket is $346. Most regular Mammoth visitors have already purchased season passes when they first went on sale months ago. Skiing and snowboarding is not a cheap activity.
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a five-hour drive from Los Angeles, Mammoth is THE ski and snowboard destination for Southern Californians (although for quick trips, Big Bear is just two hours from L.A., and is also quite popular).
It has runs for every level, including the steep moguls off Chair 22 for people who like that kind of thing (not me) and the cornice bowl off the top which only serious skiers and snowboarders should attempt. A lot of people (myself included) like to ski the backside off the main gondola at Chair 13. I also enjoy Chair 15 – so big a friend calls it the “moving couch” – at Eagle Lodge that is often far less crowded than the main section up from the main lodge (Broadway Express lift). Stump Alley is the most popular (and crowded) area on the mountain.
In all there are 24 chairs and lifts at Mammoth.