Written by Austin Willis
With the recent So Cal storms, every ski resort will soon be announcing that it is “Open for the 2011/2012 Winter Season”. But really, who cares? The behemoth monstrosity of a mountain that is MAMMOTH will silence them all with its opening this Thursday, Nov. 10th. Maybe I’m partial, and I am, but find me another single resort in California that can square-up with Mammoth in acreage, terrain, and atmosphere.
Coming off a record shattering 668 inches of snow last season, and with another round of La Nina on the way, Mammoth will once again be blanketed with powder from boundary to boundary on its 3,500 acres. What’s more, Mammoth is now strapped with $20 million in structural improvements, and officially prepared for the influx of skiers and boarders who flock to their slopes every winter like some rogue geese. Just one of the improvements is the new “High Fives” lift, which will be replacing the old three-person lift at chair 5 for a high-speed quad-lift, which is perfect for staying mid-mountain on busy holiday weekends.
Mammoth offers runs for everyone, ranging from the double black diamond on Hangman’s Hollow all the way down to Sesame Street– an apparent favorite of kids. The various lodges located throughout the mountain offer gourmet food, but they also serve the classic ski staple- CHILI CHEESE FRIES! They also have concerts, activities, and competitions going on all season with loads of prizes and giveaways.
The terrain parks are unbelievable, with the #1 ranked super pipe and #4 terrain park as rated by Transworld Snowboarding, and some of the biggest step-ups in the country. There’s also avast amount of natural terrain and tree riding which becomes available for exploration once a few feet of powder falls on this mountain, and that happens a lot.
Check out the 22′ “Super Duper” pipe on the left
After the lifts close, the town d
oesn’t, and plenty of night life can be found just down the hill at the Mammoth Village. However, if wine and cheese are not your forte’, make sure to rush over to Stumpy’s Bar and Grill before happy hour’s over to grab a few drinks and maybe even chat with that girl (or guy) you “accidentally” sat next to on the lift earlier that day. If those chili cheese fries didn’t do you in, also check out Roberto’s Mexican food for some authentic south of the border cuisine at 7,000 feet (ask for the flour tortilla chips and try the albondigas soup). Don’t forget about the free Mammoth shuttle, which can and should be your personal Designated Driver for the evening.
Bikini Run- If you didn’t know, now you do!
With flights leaving from LAX, San Francisco, San Jose, and Portland, it’s easier than ever to make it to this epic resort and town. If you’re planning on driving, remember to bring those chains because you’ll definitely need them once a few more storms roll in. I’m officially pumped and gearin’ to go, and I hope to see everyone up there this weekend!
Mammoth Village- delightfully classy