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Mammoth Mountain has sun-splashed days of blue skies and vibrant white snow-covered terrain that welcome you! Whether you ski, snowboard or telemark, Mammoth Mountain is your winter nirvana. If you dream of picking a line down a chute, through the trees or carving big turns on groomers, Mammoth Mountain delivers.

Winter Activities

Mammoth Lakes is known for winter adventures that get your adrenaline flowing! Home to Mammoth Mountain, one of the largest skiing and snowboarding areas in North America. You'll find more than 3,500 acres of skiable and rideable terrain, as well as one of the longest skiing seasons anywhere. The average length of the season is from November to June, but don't worry, Mammoth Lakes enjoys more than 400 days of sunshine. Most days you'll be skiing and riding in true California fashion: in the sun!Not into skiing or Snowboarding? Join Woolly and friends at our one-of-a-kind tubing and family snowpark. We also offer miles of cross country skiing trails and professional guided or self guided snowmobile tours amid the stunning scenery of the Sierra Mountains.

Skiing and Snowboarding

There's a saying in Mammoth: "No other mountain lives up to it's name."The massive Mammoth Mountain offers 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, has a 3,100 foot vertical rise, and enjoys 400 inches of average snowfall each year. Mammoth Mountain is truly mammoth.

Everyone from first-time beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders will find something at Mammoth, from the big cornice on top of Dave's Run, to the gentle, forgiving runs off of the Discovery Chair, and everything in between, you find a ski trail that perfect for you.

Unbound Terrain Parks

Rated one of the top ten parks in North America by TransWorld Snowboarding, Mammoth Mountain is where the US Olympic snowboard team member Gregory Bretz calls home. Mammoth's Unbound Terrain Parks include 9 parks on 100 acres (40 ha) of terrain with 80+ rails/boxes/jibs, 50+ jumps and three halfpipes - 12, 18 and 22 feet (3.6, 5.4 and 6.7 m).

Ski and Snowboard Instruction

Enjoying the mountain is made even easier by the professional staff of AASI and PSIA-certififed instructors. You'll be sporting a wide smile as you improve your skills with a member from the cross-cultural team. An extensive range of lesson plans are available, with group and private lesson for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) at Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge offers instruction to those with physical or cognitive disabilities. The DSES school also offers year-round recreation training.

Cross Country Skiing

Mammoth Lakes is home to some of the most stunningly scenic cross country ski trails in the entire West. Stop by Tamarack Cross Country Center, where you'll find 19 miles of machine groomed trails that meander through pine forests and to spectacular vistas of craggy snow-capped peaks.

You'll also find free, machine-groomed trails close to town. Ski right out of the Welcome Center on approximately 9 miles of trails.

Cross country skiing is both easy and accessible. It's not complicated and not a lot of gear is required, making it a great activity for families.

Lessons and rentals are available at the Tamarack Cross Country ski center.

Snowmobiling

Explore the Inyo National Forest on a snowmobile! Explore over 100 miles of trails just east of town. Ride to Lookout Mountain, Inyo Craters or Bald Mountain where you'll find gorgeous scenery and geological wonders. You're free to explore on your own, in a group, or with a friendly experienced guide.

Tubing and Snowplay

There is nothing more fun than playing in the snow, and kids of all ageswill enjoy Woolly's tube park! Lifts whisk you and your tube to the top, and you ride down one of six groomed lanes. Be sure to check out the expanded snowplay area, featuring a carousel and plenty of space to climb small mountains of snow or build a Snowman!

WINTER FISHING

The California Department of Fish and Game opened up year round, catch-and-release fishing in Mono County on three excellent fisheries. Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River are 3 miles and 7 miles, respectively, from Mammoth Lakes and the East Walker River is approximately 45 minutes north near Bridgeport and all are usually accessible even in moderate snowfall years.

South of Mammoth, approximately half way to Bishop, you pass into Inyo County, which also has year round fishing in the "gorge", Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Lower Owens River, which offer both catch-and-release and catch-and-keep fishing depending on which sections you fish. Being at lower elevations these areas are always accessible throughout the winter season. It can be below freezing with snow and high winds in town and only a short drive away you'll find anglers enjoying a great day of fishing. So, don't forget to throw your rod and reel in the car along with the skis and snowboards before you head up the hill.

Review the latest Fishing Report , schedule a guided trip, talk to fishing experts or rent some gear!

MAMMOTH ICE RINK

Fun for the Whole Family

Come enjoy traditional family fun and gorgeous mountain scenery at the Mammoth Lakes outdoor ice rink. Located behind the Mammoth Lakes public library and nestled against a beautiful alpine meadow, the ice rink offers spectacular 360 degree views of the Sherwin's and the great White Mountains. Sunsets can be especially spectacular here.

Weather permitting, the Mammoth Ice Rink is open daily from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm until February 24, 2013. Schedules are subject to change. Go to: VisitMammothIceRink.com for details and updates.

DOGSLEDDING

The dogs are eagerly waiting your arrival for the ride of YOUR life.

Meet the dogs: Here are a few of the dogs that will make your experience the experience of a lifetime. They are a mix of Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, and Mammoth Huskies. We look forward to meeting you.

Mammoth Dog Teams trains Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies. You'll learn their names and personalities along your ride. These are working dogs who are well-trained and love what they do. Its all about the dogs!

Take a seat in a real, traditional dog sled. Mammoth Dog Teams provides authentic dogsled rides for families and people of all ages. Leave the modern world behind, cover up in a thick blanket and sit back while friendly huskies and malamutes pull you through the snow. In the winter the tremendous snowfalls and moderate temperatures create a fantastic winter wonderland.

W here you'll go: Mammoth Dogsled rides depart from the beautiful Smoky Bear Flats (on Hwy. 395 a few miles north of Mammoth Lakes). Call for reservations -
760-914-1019

In the summer months there are kennel tours where you can meet and pet the dogs. You can even learn about the history of dog sledding. Kids will have a new appreciation for man's best friend. Don't forget your camera!

Mammoth Dog Teams and Owner Jim Ouimet also offers overnight camping into the Sierra Backcountry via dog sled. Each trip is a unique HANDS-ON experience tailored to the individual's skill level. Participants are given their own dog team, sled/cart and camping gear. We invite you to share the fantastic views, great food and wonderful dogs

Come see what all the barking is about at Mammoth Dog Teams !!!!

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Mammoth is famous the world over for its skiing. And justly so. But when the snow melts and wildflowers spring up across wide-open alpinemeadows, summer in Mammoth Lakes remains one of California's best-kept secrets. As the adage goes: you come for the winters and end up staying—or coming backagain and again—for the summers.

With its "fine shining weather " (asJohn Muir put it), its awe-inspiring scenery, its vast network of uncrowdedhiking and biking trails, its lakes and streams and world-class trout fishing,its golf courses, old-growth forests, and unparalleled access to the wilds ofthe High Sierra, we think Mammoth is the greatest summer recreation destinationin North America. But don't take our word for it. Get up here and get out into it!

HIKING

Hiking in the Mammoth Lakes area during the spring offers spectacular scenery and mild temperatures. Each week a new lake thaws and the snow melts on one of our many trails.

Highway 120 to Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park generally opens in May for Memorial Day Weekend. The valley is the most beautiful at this time, because the waterfalls are full, flowers are blooming, and the mountains are still covered in snow.

In the summer there is no better way to really experience Mammoth Lakes natural beauty than at an eye-level hiking pace. You may find yourself adjusting your tempo to that of the trail. Stop a moment to watch a cunning little lizard cool itself with millimeter-high push-ups. Notice the hawks swooping, the grouse scuttling, the way the aroma of sage is released when you lightly brush against it.

John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas - lush alpine meadows and crystal-clear high-country lakes - are an easy day hike. Discover the natural beauty of this area on one of our popular Day Hikes.

Hiking around Mammoth Lakes in the fall is an experience not to be missed. This beautiful, though uncrowded, season brings crisp mountain mornings, warm days and the opportunity to experience the colors that comprise the palette of autumn. Aspen, willow and cottonwood trees light up the slopes during this very special time of year.

Fall is definitely photography season, so be sure to bring a camera and plenty of film. Once you're here, be sure to check out the local shops' extensive selection of guidebooks to Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra.

Backcountry Backpacking
The backcountry is beautiful, but also primitive, and you'll be on your own. Inquire about weather forecasts and trail conditions when planning what equipment and clothing to take. In all seasons, always be prepared for severe weather. Wilderness permits are required for overnight camping.

There may be restrictions to bringing your pet along with you on your trip. Also, many people enjoy animal packing in the backcountry areas where it is permitted. Proper planning, with special attention to camp location and confining animals in camp, is needed. Help ensure that future generations may also experience a pristine wilderness by using the "Minimum Impact - Leave No Trace" techniques. For more information on backcountry backpacking please call the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes at 760-924-5500 or go to their website at www.fs.usda.gov

The Sierra Nevada is bear country!
The use of bear-resistant food canisters is mandatory in most wilderness areas. Find out how to protect your food from bears and what regulations may apply to your visit. Contact the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes for Trail Maps at 760-924-5500.

BIKING

Your choice of terrain, sensational Sierra scenery and that famous California summer sunshine make an irresistible combination for mountain or road biking. Test your suspension on the Inyo National Forest's vast network of trails and unpaved roads. There are so many different conditions and views to discover. In fact, you can cross a couple of microclimates.

Road bikers have plenty of asphalt routes to choose from, be it peddling around town, gearing down to puff up Minaret Road to the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge and on up to the breathtaking Minaret Vista, or cruise the scenic stretches of U.S. Highway 395.

For those who might not want to pedal the whole way, Sierra Engine/Bishop Motosports in Mammoth Lakes rents electric bicycles that lets you use your own "pedal power" as well as getting an assistance from the bike's power. Go off on your own or take a guided ride of the Mammoth Lakes area. Biking is a great way to enjoy the glorious scenery of Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth Lakes also has great bike events and rides for the single athlete or for the entire family. Bike Events & Rides

In summer, Mammoth Mountain's ski slopes are transformed into a mountain bike paradise. Riders of all abilities and conditioning levels can take advantage of its extensive trail system. More than 80 miles of groomed single-track trail and lift access to the 11,053-foot summit make the mountain very popular.

CANOEING & KAYAKING

Excellent canoeing, kayaking and paddle boating opportunities abound at the numerous lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and surrounding areas. During the summer months, these waters feature both recreational paddlers out for a scenic afternoon and fishermen trying to hook a trophy-size trout. Rent a canoe, kayak or boat and venture out on your own.
Learn about the fascinating history of Mono Lake with a guided kayak tour. Paddle around Crowley Lake and enjoy the mountain scenery. A sunny summer or fall day on the water in the Mammoth Lakes area is a special experience for the whole family.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

From the challenging, short climbs of the Owens River Gorge to the big walls of Yosemite National Park and towering Sierra peaks, sport climbers rave about the exhilarating options in the Mammoth Lakes area. Whether you've ever tried climbing outside, in a gym or just thought about it, you'll have an exhilarating experience.

Sierra Rock Climbing School
Get individual attention from our guides! Be guided up a multi-pitch route, go top-roping, and/or get instruction on techniques, gear placement or anythng else you may be interested in. The day or days are yours, and our guides are focused on you, and only you. Beginner through advanced, individuals, groups, families and kids are welcome.

Go Ice Climbing with our Master Ice Climbing Guides in California's famed Lee Vining Canyon. Ice climbing trips available in the winter and spring months. S.R.C.S. has a vast amount of experience working with youths and has facilitated climbing programs with the Town of Mammoth Lakes Recreation .

Sierra Rock Climbing School is available year round. 877-686-7625.

Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center
Kids can scale new heights on the 35-foot vertical climbing rock at Mammoth Mountain's Adventure Center . The friendly staff is always helpful in giving assistance with belay and basic climbing tips. There is a "Little Kids" climbing wall, as well.
Like a bird in flight, kids can sail over a small creek and through the trees on the 100-foot zip line. The zip line is a safe way for young daredevils ages 13 and under to fly. Contact the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center 800-MAMMOTH.

FISHING

Mammoth is known as being one of the most challenging and rewarding fishing destinations in the west. The wonder and beauty of the Eastern Sierra with crystal clear lakes and streams will hold you spell bound.

Fishing can be done in many ways - from shore or a boat, from a dock, in lakes and rivers and streams. There are a variety of fishing techniques, in addition to gear, baits and lures. Mammoth Lakes has Sporting Good Stores and Guides that can help you with your fishing needs. With all the different possibilities, there's something for everyone. What are you waiting for?

Mono County fishing season starts the last Saturday in April and ends on November 15th of every year, however, the catch and release fisheries of the Upper Owens River above the Benton Bridge to Big Springs, the East Walker River below Bridgeport Reservoir, and Hot Creek, will remain open year round.

Anglers 16 years of age and older must have a fishing license. You can purchase an annual, one-day or two-day fishing license (valid for two consecutive calendar days). Information concerning license requirements, places to purchase and fees maybe obtained from the Department of Fish & Wildlife or by calling 760-934-2664. Fishing licenses may be purchased in several locations around the town of Mammoth Lakes.

  • Annual resident sport fishing license $45.93
  • One-day resident/nonresident sport fishing license $14.61
  • Two-day resident/nonresident sport fishing license $22.94

  • Find out the best time to fish and where the fish are biting with the fishing reports and forecasts for the lakes and streams in the area.

    Crowley Lake Fish Camp Report
    Troutfitter/Trout Fly Report
    Sierra Drifters Reports
    Performance Guide Service

    Explore stocking schedules on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Website If you do not know how to fish, you can learn by hiring a guide or taking a class. The Trout Fly and Troutfitter "First-Time Beginner's Package" .

    Fishing is a relaxing sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. You never get too old to fish! And getting kids started young helps them appreciate nature and the ways the environment works. The Department of Fish and Game offers two "Free Fishing" Days each year. There are two Saturdays this event is offered, one in July and one in September. On these designated dates is the only time you can fish without a license. What a great way to give fishing a try.

    If you are looking for a place to go fishing Mammoth Lakes boasts a variety of areas for the fishing enthusiast, and this section will guide you to some of the many places you can explore where excellent trout fishing can be had.

    The Mammoth Lakes Basin (Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake George and Lake Mamie), located above the Town of Mammoth Lakes, offers wonderful angling opportunities for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout. All four lakes receive regular plants from the Department of Fish and Game. As a bonus, the Mammoth Lakes Basin also receives heavy summer plants of trophy-sized Alpers trout, some weighing in at the 10 lb to 12 lb range. These prize fish are delicious to eat and fun to catch. All lakes offer boat rentals, some offer canoes, pontoon boats, tackle shops and public showers.

    For those anglers interested in catching a limit of pan-sized Rainbows or wild Brown trout, Mammoth Creek is full of them. Running east from the Old Mammoth meadow area to below Hwy 395, the small stream offers close to 10 miles of fabulous fishing. Mammoth Creek is regularly stocked by the DFG.
    Convict Lake with its crystal clear water is full of beautiful Rainbow trout and Brown trout. Convict Lake is located approximately 7 miles south of Mammoth Lakes and is stocked with fish weekly during the season. Convict Lake offers boat rentals, campgrounds, public showers, a general store and one of the areas finest restaurants.

    If you have never experienced an opening day on Crowley Lake , then you don't know what you're missing. Opening day at Crowley Lake is full of anglers battling the elements and the big trout. Crowley Lake is located just 12 miles south of Mammoth Lakes offering camping at South Landing, a general store and boat rentals. Crowley Lake is stocked by the DFG on their regular schedule. Crowley Lake features unique regulations, you can inquire at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp before you head out to catch the big one.

    From Rock Creek Lake to Long Lake and the countless small tarns, all have an abundance of trout swimming in their pristine waters. Golden, Brook, Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat can be found in these alpine lakes. Rock Creek offers some of the most exciting creek fishing in the region, as trout up to 5 pounds or more have been pulled out of the creek's rushing waters. The DFG stocks the creek once a week from opening day to closing. Rock Creek has a general store where you'll find all your fishing tackle necessities, pole rentals, licenses and food.
    Some of the best fly-fishing is along the San Joaquin River in the Reds Meadow area. At Hot Creek try your luck on catch-and-release fishing with barbless hooks
    Discover the June Lake Loop with its four glistening lakes (June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake and Grant Lake) All the lakes are stocked with trophy-sized Alpers trout. There are five marinas, tackle shops, boat and float tube rentals. Rush Creek is the perfect spot to test your fly-fishing skills.

    BIRDING

    The Eastern Sierra is home to a wide variety of birds year-round, while many others migrate through. The birds of the Eastern Sierra offer both the casual and the dedicated birdwatcher a large and diverse population. Nearly 300 species of birds have been identified within the area. Some are year-round residents, others migratory visitors. With a pair of binoculars and a bird identification guide, birding in the Eastern Sierra can be rewarding for a few hours or for a lifetime.

    The Eastern Sierra offers dramatic beauty and great birding. Mono County is blessed with an abundance of public land, most of which offers excellent birding. The soaring flight of a Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle may even be witnessed. Just to name a few of the Eastern Sierra birds you will see are the Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Hummingbirds, Mountain Bluebird, Western Tanager, American Goldfinch, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, and the ever popular Steller's Jay. For a list of the Birds in the Eastern Sierra visit the Valentine Reserve website at vesr.ucnrs.org/pages/snarlbirds.html . For up-to-date postings and sightings visit the Eastern Sierra Audubon's website at ww.esaudubon.org/birds

    Mono Lake is the crown jewel when it comes to birding. Mono Lake is a salty, alkaline inland sea home to brine shrimp, alkali flies, and the millions of birds that depend on them. One of the best-known birds is the California Gull. Mono Lake is home to the second largest California Gull rookery in North America (Great Salt Lake is the largest). Approximately 50,000 California Gulls arrive in spring and will feed, mate, select a nest site and lay their eggs.

    By early fall, most will have migrated back to the coast. If you visit a beach in California and you see a California Gull, there's a high probability it was born at Mono Lake.

    Every year in the month of June, the town of Lee Vining hosts a weeklong event called the "Mono Lake Bird Chautauqua". If you would like to learn more about The Bird Chautauqua, please call the Mono Lake Committee at 760-647-6595 or visit http://www.monolake.org/

    Bird Watching with your Ears
    You don't need a sound system to watch birds with your ears. All you need is to tune in to their songs. Each species makes sounds that are unique in itself,and you can identify the birds by those sounds just as easily as you can by their shape or color. There are advantages to birding by ear. You can do it in the dark. A bird hidden in dense summer foliage will often sing out its identity for all who have ears to hear. Songbird songs serve a variety of purposes, from territorial defense to mate attraction.

    Depending on the species, some songs are passed on genetically, some are learned, and some combine a little of both! Some of the Eastern Sierra songbirds you will hear are The Hermit Thrush, The Mountain Chickadee, The American Robin, the Common Snip, and the small Yellow Warbler. Some birds sing throughout the day, but you'll hear 100 times as much bird song first thing in the morning.
    "Birding By Ear" Field Workshops are sponsored by Friends of Mono Lake.

    Join biologist from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory as they conduct ecological monitoring of birds in the Soda Springs Meadow. This program allows visitors to get a close look at some of the 100 species of birds found in the Devils Postpile Monument. Demonstrations start on the hour and half hour from 7:00 am -11:00 am. Meet in the amphitheater next to the Devils Postpile National Monument Ranger Station. Summer months only.

    Every year on the second Saturday in May is International Migratory Bird Day . Learn more about wild birds, take action to conserve birds and their habitats, and simply have fun. Celebrate all species of birds whose annual movements enliven our lands, waters and skies.

    Happy Birding!
    If you find an orphaned or injured bird only veterinarians or federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators can legally treat wild birds. Call the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care at 760-872-1487. Bird watching is the very best kind of fun; easy, inexpensive and satisfying and the Eastern Sierra is an immense, rugged and extraordinary landscape rich with birds.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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