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Headed out to Mammoth for an extended weekend. Was up there from Thursday (1/6) until Sunday (1/9). Tried to get some pictures while out on the hill. Didn't though on Sunday since it was chilly and I was too lazy and cold to take out the camera. Cold and windy Sunday, but beautiful blue skies the rest of the days! Had an awesome time! Anyone else a fan of Mammoth?

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View from our condo in June Lake

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View of June Mountain Ski Area from our condo

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Starting the day off at the parking lot by chair 10

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First run off chair 2

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B-A-utiful!

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View from the mountain

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Skied down the face. I always thought it was funny that chair 3 is called the Face Lift Express...

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View towards the summit

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Cool clouds

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Spent the next two days on the other side of the mountain

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I about killed myself trying to traverse on that huge face

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Summit of Mammoth

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Chair 9 - a Mammoth classic gone modern

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The valley below...

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Fancy gondola shot

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The gondola station is hiding up there

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Mmm, nice and toasty warm

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AWESOME pictures! Do you board or ski? I'm finally heading up to Mammoth this year for my first visit (not till April though), and these pictures sure are whetting my appetite!

---Brent

Thanks! I am an avid skier, and it co-ops with my roller coaster hobby. April is a great time to go! Mammoth is still in the full swing of winter as well. I went the last two years over spring break and there was still snowstorms and fresh powder to be had both times on top of a good 10 feet plus of snowpack. Hope you have fun!

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The gondola pictures remind me of the old Eagles Flight at SFMM, removed in 1994. RIP

 

Otherwise, this really looks like good fun. I've never skiied, but a few friends have said that with my love of coasters, it'd be an ideal thing for me to do.

 

Can you learn to ski after age 50?

 

Eric

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The gondola pictures remind me of the old Eagles Flight at SFMM, removed in 1994. RIP

Otherwise, this really looks like good fun. I've never skied, but a few friends have said that with my love of coasters, it'd be an ideal thing for me to do.

Can you learn to ski after age 50?

Eric

Coasters and skiing do go great with each other. And sure you can learn to ski after 50! You can do anything you put your mind to on skies. (That is, if you have the knees for it). I finally skied my first double black run this trip. I wasn't sure whether to just jump off the mountain and die or at least try and die anyway.

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Great photos! My family has a condo in the town of Mammoth Lakes. I love trips to the mountain...I like it even better in the summer (great hiking and exploring to be had). Did you try skiing Climax? That's a seriously demented double black diamond run. There's no way I'd go near it. However, the Cornice is a fantastic run...once you get past the vertical drop at the top. Also, did you head to Hot Creek? I love going there to soak after a log day on the mountain. However, it has been closed the past couple of years due to scalding water (it is a volcanic feature...no controlling mother nature).

-Doug "Loves that Reno is only 3 hours away from Mammoth...and right at the doorstep of the Lake Tahoe resorts" Heim

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Great photos! My family has a condo in the town of Mammoth Lakes. I love trips to the mountain...I like it even better in the summer (great hiking and exploring to be had). Did you try skiing Climax? That's a seriously demented double black diamond run. There's no way I'd go near it. However, the Cornice is a fantastic run...once you get past the vertical drop at the top. Also, did you head to Hot Creek? I love going there to soak after a log day on the mountain. However, it has been closed the past couple of years due to scalding water (it is a volcanic feature...no controlling mother nature).

-Doug "Loves that Reno is only 3 hours away from Mammoth...and right at the doorstep of the Lake Tahoe resorts" Heim

Yes, last time I actually checked and the water in the springs was too hot. We stayed in a friends cabin in June Lakes, about a half hour north. (And used the jacuzzi in the condo complex I might add ) Mountain biking off the gondola in the summer is also a favorite of mine.

 

Didn't take Climax, took Chair 9 traverse over to the Dragon's Back. I have to say, those traverse lines are scary! You only have about a foot of space and on one side is a wall of snow and the other is a drop off. Didn't ski Cornice (or the entire top) either since the top was shaded the entire time and it was a bit crusty up there. Took chair 23 over to chair 14 on the backside.

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^ June Lake is a nice place, too. I don't know if you can ski there, but it's very nice during the summer.

 

Eric

Yes, you can ski there. My second picture shows the ski area from our condo balcony. There is a small lodge and you can barely see the chairlift running under it.

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Great pictures! I love Mammoth Mountain. I've been to all of the major ski areas in California and it is definitely the best. I got up here twice last year, and I'll probably be going at least once this year. Unfortunately, it has got rather expensive so I can only afford to go about twice per season. Eight years ago, I was a season pass holder, so twice doesn't seem like much.

 

I'll have to see how I like Utah's ski areas compared to Mammoth, since I'll be going skiing there for the first time this March. Maybe I should do a trip report of all the places I ski at this year, since I've already been to two and could end up with over ten by the end of the season.

 

Once again, great photos!

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Beautiful pictures. Mammoth has always been on my to Do list but since Big Bear is like 45 minutes from me and I have a place called Mt. High 30 minutes away I never get to go.

-Cookie "Love to bounce my head off the deck of a half-pipe in Mammoth over Big Bear" Iorio

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Great pictures! I love Mammoth Mountain. I've been to all of the major ski areas in California and it is definitely the best. I got up here twice last year, and I'll probably be going at least once this year. Unfortunately, it has got rather expensive so I can only afford to go about twice per season. Eight years ago, I was a season pass holder, so twice doesn't seem like much. Once again, great photos!

Thanks! The best deal is to go to Costco and pick up a 4 of 5 day ticket for $240, working out to $60 a day, which isn't bad considering a normal day ticket is $92. Of course though, you have to ski four days. Even if you skied three, that would be $80 a day, a $12 savings per day. It's the best way to go without getting a season pass.

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^Next time I go up there for an extended trip, I will do that. However, due to school and my dad's limited vacation days, we usually will leave on Friday after he gets off work, ski Saturday and Sunday, then drive home. It is cheaper to buy two one-day tickets than that ticket, but it is still $184 each plus lodging costs. Lately, we have sometimes stayed in June Lake and skied one day at June Mountain (which is one of my favorite mid-size ski areas) to save money.

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^Next time I go up there for an extended trip, I will do that. However, due to school and my dad's limited vacation days, we usually will leave on Friday after he gets off work, ski Saturday and Sunday, then drive home. It is cheaper to buy two one-day tickets than that ticket, but it is still $184 each plus lodging costs. Lately, we have sometimes stayed in June Lake and skied one day at June Mountain (which is one of my favorite mid-size ski areas) to save money.

June is also a favorite of mine, but the way the winds were blowing we were better off skiing Mammoth the days I was up there. June's snow was reported to be VERY firm, almost as firm as my rock hard abs.

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