Endless Winter


Dec 5, 2002
Outside Magazine

The storm magnet: Mammoth California

Mammoth Mountain, California
FOR SEVEN OF THE LAST TEN YEARS, skiing has continued here into June, even July. The mountain protrudes from the southeastern Sierra like a prehistoric creature—its profile turning it into a bullseye for prodigious storms. During the winter of 1992-93, 617 inches fell at Mammoth. The numerous steep lines off the summit ridge present a true test for the top skiers in the country, making this a regular stop on the U.S. Ski Team's late-season training program. And even if the snow is less than ideal, the hiking, fishing, and hot springs make it a worthwhile June trip.
COOL DIGS: At the 80-year-old Tamarack Lodge & Resort (doubles, $84-$110 with shared bath, $150-$185 with private bath; 800-626-6688, www.mammothmountain.com/lodging) on the wooded shores of secluded Twin Lakes, you can indulge in afternoon fly-fishing after a morning of skiing.
MOUNTAIN STATS: summit, 11,053 feet; vertical drop, 3,100 feet; skiable acres, 3,500; annual snowfall, 384 inches
LIFT TICKET: $60 Contact: 800-626-6688, www.mammothmountain.com