3.  Mammoth, California

 

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Spencer Whiting. Mammoth Mountain, California. PHOTO: PETER MORNING

Average Snowfall: 400”

Elevation: 11,053’

Vertical Drop: 3,100’

Number of Lifts: 28

Hub: Reno, Nevada

Website: mammothmountain.com

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Steeps to park, Mammoth has something for everyone. Despite its diverse terrain, Luke Mitrani maintains, “The best part about Mammoth is the sunshine. It can be the middle of winter and feel like spring.” Do your day like Luke with an Early Riser breakfast from the Old New York Deli & Bakery Co. in the village. Then, to session some midsize kickers, head straight to South Park. Otherwise, “The best lap run is the run under Chair 12,” Luke says. “When it snows, it’s unreal. Tons of little bumps, backflip jumps, and side hits to have fun on all day.” On pow days, seek out the Dragon’s Tail. When the sun sets, head to Mammoth Brewing Company for drinks. Make plans to move here over dinner at Roberto’s.