Mammoth Takes Skiing and Riding to a New Level

Mammoth is renowned for its stellar terrain parks with a superpipe that’s the first to open and last to close in North America.

This season, Mammoth Mountain is making it easy for beginning skiers and riders to get their first taste of what it’s like to catch some air with the introduction of the new Unbound Playground Progression Park. It’s an ideal introduction to terrain parks with approachable features that allow beginners to learn how to do tricks and master the rails and box slides. The gradual progression—from a few inches off the ground to big boy heights—allow snowboarders and skiers to learn at their own pace and move up to the next level of difficulty as they’re ready for it. With smaller, low-risk features on the top that gradually give way to intermediate and medium sized features at the bottom, the progression park helps riders build the skills to go bigger. Instructional boards positioned throughout the park provide self-guided pointers and the parks secluded location lessens the intimidation factor. This is the place kids will want to hang out this winter and gives parents another reason to love Mammoth Mountain.

Also new this winter, two of the top-rated terrain parks in the country—Mammoth’s Main Park and South Park—get even better with new high-end, urban-inspired features called the Downtown Collection. The result is a look and feel that’s as much skate park as it is terrain park.

New Improved Tube Park

Mammoth has reduced the slope angle of Woolly’s Adventure Summit, Mammoth’s tube park and snow play area. This gentler slope ensures kids of all ages can enjoy the experience. Lifts whisk tubers to the top, where they can ride down one of six groomed lanes. Also new is an expanded snowplay area for the little ones with a carousel and plenty of space to climb small mountains of snow or build a snowman. Afterward, warm up by the heaters and sip hot cocoa.

Oh, Baby! Introducing Infant Care

Back by popular demand, The Village Day Care now offers infant care in addition to care for ages 2 to 6.  Parents can leave their bundles of joy in the capable hands of the day care staff at the state licensed facility and then enjoy some time on the slopes or a night on the town. The day care’s trained professionals are educated in the field of child development and have gone through background checks. Best ofall, the new Mammoth Mountain Child Care facility is within walking distance of lodging in The Village, so parents can easily transport their little ones to the facility, dropping them off and picking them up with ease. Child and infantcare is also available at Main Lodge.

$30 Kids Lift Tickets

Mammoth Mountain is giving parents’ pocketbooks a much-needed break this winter by offering a $30 Kids Lift for kids 7-12. Children 6 and under are always free.

Recharge and Connect

After a day on the slopes, visitors can stop by the new digital lounge slopeside at Main and Canyon Lodge to recharge their electronic devices and upload, edit and share videos of their day on the mountain.

Skiers and boarders who get by with a little help from their friends now never have to worry that they’ll lose track of their best buddies thanks to a new mobile app. The app uses GPS to allow friends and family members to find each other on the slopes.

Mammoth Takes Flight on December 19th

Winter air service will resume to the Mammoth Lakes Yosemite airport from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco beginning December 19th. For this winter flight from San Diego and Orange County are more convenientwith morning departures so that skiers and boarders can hit the slopes by lunch.  Los Angeles and San Francisco service will continue with two scheduled flights.

Mammoth Guarantees Snow for Opening Day November 8—And Beyond

Skiers and snowboarders who want to book a room at Mammoth Lakes in advance of theseason no longer have to worry about the snow conditions thanks to Mammoth Mountain’s snow guarantee.  For those who book their rooms before opening day or November 8 (whichever comes first), Mammoth guarantees a base depth of at least 10 inches of snow on opening day. If the base is less than 10 inches—as reported on the official Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Snow Report—guests have two options. They can 1) keep their original reservation dates and qualify for a free $100 gift card or 2) change their reservation with no fees or penalties.

As the season progresses, the amount of snow Mammoth guarantees increases: 12 inches on November 15; 20 inches on December 1; 28 inches on December 15; 50 inches on January 1 and 15; 66 inches on February 1; and 70 inches on February 15.  If the amount of snow has not met the pre-specified minimum depth for the timeframe of the reservation, visitors can choose from the two options of either the gift card or changing their reservation.  The guarantee is not valid from December 21, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

More Dining Options Than Ever

This season, Mammoth also has enhanced the Main Lodge food court. Diners can nowchoose from made-to-order pasta dishes, savor choices from the redesigned soup station with more options including vegan chili, and enjoy a new Pho and Ramen station. Families will appreciate the emphasis on kids’ options while healthy eaters can stop by Green V (where Broadway Bakery used to be) for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.

In addition, Mammoth has replaced the burrito snow cat with Little Mill, which will serve a variety of casual fare including pulled pork sliders.

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

Mammoth’s holiday event, the Night of Lights, will add sparkle to Mammoth Lakes on December 22. A nearly 20-year-old tradition, the Night of Lights celebrates the magic of the holiday season with a winter lights show against the majestic backdrop of Mammoth’s ski slopes. Guests of all ages are invited to ride the complimentary Village Gondola to Canyon Lodge wherethey can enjoy a fun-filled night complete with a firework show, torchlightparade, live music and more.

For more information about Mammoth Mountain, visit http://www.mammothmountain.com/