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Encyclopedia > Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain, still covered with snow in late April, 2006.
Location: Sierra Nevada, California, U.S.
Nearest city: Mammoth Lakes 1 mile east, Reno, Nevada 170 miles (275 km) wnw
Top elevation: 11053 ft (3369 m)
Base elevation: 7953 ft (2424.1 m)
Skiable area: 3500 acres (1416.4 ha)
Runs: 150 named
Longest run: 3 miles (5 km)
Lift system: 28 lifts: 3 gondolas, 23 chairs (1 high speed six, 9 high speed quads, 1 quad, 7 triple, 5 double), 2 platter lift
Snow fall: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Snowmaking: 477 acres (193 ha) covering 48 trails, 33%
Web page: Mammoth Mountain

The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is a large ski resort located in eastern California on the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Inyo National Forest. The ski area, commonly called simply Mammoth, is ranked the best resort in North America, the best terrain park according to Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, and is consistently ranked in the top ten ski resorts by Ski Magazine. Image File history File links Mammoth_april_2006. ... The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range that is almost entirely in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... Location within Mono County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Mono County Mayor Kirk Stapp Area    - City 65. ... City nickname: The Biggest Little City in the World Downtown Reno at night Founded May 13, 1868 County Washoe County Mayor Bob Cashell Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 179. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10,000 square meters, commonly used for measuring land area. ... A Venetian gondola A gondola is a traditional Venetian rowing boat. ... A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift, also known as a fixed-grip chairlift, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... A platter lift, or just platter, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... The metre, or meter (US), is a measure of length. ... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10,000 square meters, commonly used for measuring land area. ... A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or high-end accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range that is almost entirely in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Inyo National Forest is a federally protected forest. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... A terrain park is an outdoor area that contains jumps and half-pipes that allow snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. ... Transworld Snowboarding is a snowboarding video game for the Xbox video game console. ... A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ...

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History

Mammoth was founded by Dave McCoy, a hydrographer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power [1]. As a member of the Eastern Sierra Ski Club in the 1930s, McCoy noticed that Mammoth Mountain consistently held more snow than other mountains. The Ski Club had a portable rope tow. McCoy bought the rope tow from the club in 1941 and usually kept it at Mammoth. In 1953, the United States Forest Service awarded a permit to McCoy to operate the ski area. The first ski lift was built in 1955. McCoy sold 33% of interest in the ski area to Intrawest in 1996. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving 3. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A ski tow, also called rope tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... This article is about the year. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The USDA Forest Service, a United States government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is under the leadership of the United States Secretary of Agriculture. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Intrawest TSX: ITW NYSE: IDR is a world leader in destinations resorts and luxury adventure travel. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


As recently as the 1980s, senior citizens skied Mammoth for free. As of 2006, those aged at least 80 years may ski free. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On February 23, 2005, Dave McCoy announced that he would be selling his stake in Mammoth Mountain, after 68 years of running the ski area. On October 5, 2005, Mammoth announced that a majority stake will be sold to Starwood Capital, a private equity fund specializing in real estate, run by Barry Sternlicht. February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 5 is the 278th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (279th in Leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Description

The ski area is built on the north side of Mammoth Mountain, a volcano. Overnight guests stay in the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. Mammoth has more than 3,500 acres (14 km²) of skiable terrain, serviced by 28 lifts (including 3 gondolas). The area has 3100 feet (940 m) of vertical, rising to an elevation of 11,053 feet (3,368 m). The top of the mountain has challenging chutes and open mogul runs. There are three terrain parks, and one of which, called the "Unbound," is highly revered by extreme snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts, and is one of the major attractions of the ski resort. Many of the top professionals in the sport, including 2006 Winter Olympics Gold Medalist Shaun White, come to practice and compete at the famous "Super Pipe" in the park, the largest half-pipe in California. Mammoth Mountain also has one of the longest seasons which averages from November to June. Mammoth does open earlier every so often, in 2005 the resort opened in October, and did not close until the 4th of July. Its longest season was 1994-1995 which lasted from October 8th to August 13th. Mammoth receives an average of 350 inches (8.89 m) of snow per season, though the 2005-2006 season received a record 668 inches (17 m). Mammoth Mountain is scheduled to open November 9, 2006 for the new ski season.[1]. Mammoth Mountain is a volcano that lies to the west of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California in the Inyo National Forest. ... Volcano 1. ... Location within Mono County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Mono County Mayor Kirk Stapp Area    - City 65. ... A Venetian gondola A gondola is a traditional Venetian rowing boat. ... A terrain park is an outdoor area that contains jumps and half-pipes that allow snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. ... Neve and Gliz, the 2006 Olympics mascots, on display in Turin The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. ... Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986 in San Diego, California) is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder based in Carlsbad, California. ... In the United States, Independence Day (commonly known as the Fourth of July or simply the Fourth) is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. ...

The view from the top of the famous Cornice Bowl ski run, at the summit of the mountain.
The view from the top of the famous Cornice Bowl ski run, at the summit of the mountain.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 1713 KB) This picture was taken by Sean Lynch in January 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 1713 KB) This picture was taken by Sean Lynch in January 2006. ...

Lodging

The Lodging options in Mammoth Lakes is somewhat unique due to the absence of moderately priced accommodation. Either high-priced "ski in ski out" resorts (such as Austria Hof) or worn 1970s era condominiums are available. There are also two B&Bs. For low-priced accommodation, there are many small motels, such as a Motel 6 near the road to the Main Lodge, and a Travelodge and Best Western on the other side of town. Many skiers and snowboarders also take the option of staying outside of town, in lower-priced areas such as Bishop (to the south,) or Lee Vining (to the north,) both about a 30-minute drive down Highway 395. Mammoth Lakes is a town located in Mono County, California. ... Tourists of various nationalities chatting over breakfast at a B&B in Quebec City. ... Motel 6 is a large budget motel chain in the United States and Canada. ... Travelodge is a brand of economy hotels in North America franchised by Cendant, the worlds largest hotel chain. ... Best Western is the worlds largest hotel chain, with nearly 4,000 hotels in nearly 80 countries. ... Bishop is a city located in Inyo County, California. ... Lee Vining lies at the base of the Sierra Nevada, on the shore of Mono Lake Lee Vining, California is an unincorporated town in Mono County, California, USA. It is located on the southwest shore of Mono Lake, at . As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population...


Logistics

The ski area is mainly frequented by skiers and snowboarders from Southern California. Though it is a five-hour drive from Los Angeles, it is much closer than the Lake Tahoe area resorts, which are more accessible to the San Francisco Bay Area. Few tourists arrive from outside the state because of the long drive from the nearest commercial airport. There is a nearby general aviation airport, but it has no scheduled flights. The nearest commercial airport is Reno, which is about a 4½-hour drive under ideal road conditions (which are unlikely during ski season). Amid environmental opposition, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is working with American Airlines and the FAA to bring commercial air service to Mammoth Lakes. According to the Town of Mammoth Lakes website[2], the required airport improvements (runway and terminal building expansion) could begin summer 2006 with air service beginning December 2007 if no opposition is met, though opposition by environmental groups is expected. Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Tahoe redirects here. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Places Reno, Nevada Reno, Pennsylvania Reno, Lamar County, Texas Reno, Parker County, Texas A valley in Italy Other Uses Reno, a Turk from the popular videogame and CG movie by Square-Enix, Final Fantasy VII. Reno a 1939 film A band named Reno Reno is a drug Reno 911! - A... American Airlines and American Eagle aircraft at San Juan American Airlines is the largest airline in the world in terms of total passengers transported and fleet size, and the second-largest airline in the world (behind Air France-KLM) in terms of total operating revenues. ...   FAA redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ Mammoth Mountain Snowfall History. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Retrieved on 2006-09-03.
  2. ^ The Mammoth Yosemite Airport Commission Newsletter (2005-05-06).

2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • http://www.mammothmountain.com
  • http://www.visitmammoth.com

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