Best Ski Resorts: Mammoth Mountain, California

Editor's choice for park riding.

    Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 400 INCHES
LONGEST JUMP: 100 FEET
THE EXPERT: CHRIS BENCHETLER, 22, PROFESSIONAL SKIER, OWNER OF THE NIMBUS INDEPENDENT VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANY
The two ingredients that make park riding so incredible at Mammoth, besides size, are the weather and the lap time. If it's not snowing, it's guaranteed to be sunny and warm. You're not cold and miserable, and the sun softens up the snow, which is great for learning tricks—you're not landing on ice. The chairlift laps are the fastest of any mountain I've ever been to—you can do a full lap in eight minutes, so the amount of training you get in is unbeatable. Mammoth started the trend in building big features. The jumps are well manicured. You'll see every professional from the films training here. HOT TIP Restaurant Skadi—it's the place to go for a glass of wine and fresh fish.

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