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Inside Line: Local tips on the best spots at Mammoth Mountain

Inside Line: Local tips on the best spots at Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth MountainMammoth Mountain is the pinnacle of California ski resorts, literally. Its 11,053-foot summit elevation is the highest in the state, and its 3,500 skiable acres and 400 inches of average annual snowfall make it one of the premier resorts in the country. From its first class parks on the lower mountain to its steep and deep runs above treeline, Mammoth has something for every skier. Want to see more on Mammoth? Check out the hashtag #mammothstories on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


1. Unbound Transition Park

Six acres of bowls, hips, banks and berms make this one of the most original parks you’ll ever ski or ride. This advanced terrain park can still be enjoyed by all skill levels due to the different lines available.

2. Best Burger Ever / 53 Kitchen and Cocktails

Pan seared Pat la Frieda beef patty, ham sautéed in butter, bacon, melted Swiss cheese, honey mustard sauce, on a pretzel bun.


At the Top of the World, you can access some of the gnarliest inbounds skiing anywhere. From Hangman’s Hollow to Huevos Grande, there’s more than enough terrain to get your blood pumping.

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Going big is standard at Mammoth. Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

4. Hole in the Wall

This one is outside the ski area boundary, so make sure you have all the right safety equipment, proper knowledge and some good friends. Head off the backside of Dave’s Run to shred some fun wind lips. Look for a traverse track that heads to your left and follow it until you find yourself on top of one of the more unique runs in the country. This “hole” is actually a very skiable tunnel that ends at Twin Lakes—just try to contain yourself from hooting and hollering the whole way.

5. Pow Heaven

When you hit it right, the Hemlocks are as good as it gets. A five-to-ten-minute hike gets you to a relatively steep pitch with endless lines of rock drops, glades and pockets of untouched pow. Infinite claims of “best run of the day” have been exclaimed here.

6. Where the Big Boys Play

Main Park is no joke. With the perfect 22-foot halfpipe looming above massive jump lines and technical rail setups, this is where the pros come to play.

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Going big at Mammoth. Image courtesy of Mammoth Mountain

For more, visit www.mammothmountain.com

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