Author: Family Travel Forum Staff
Tags : California, Camping, Christmas Holiday, Kids, North America, Snowsports, Spring Break, Teens, USA, Winter Getaway
One of our favorite things about a winter or spring vacation in Mammoth Lakes, California is that it's as fun for skiing and riding families as it is for those who just want to get out into snow-clad scenery. The region's famed Mammoth Mountain ski area and its proximity to Yosemite National Park mean that active families will find lots to do both on and off the slopes, almost all year round.
Ski Mammoth is Growing Trails & Tech
The 2013/2014 season – which should run mid-December to June at least -- is Mammoth Mountain's 60th year. The celebration is marked by the reopening of June Mountain, a neighboring resort with terrain that is especially well suited to families and entry-level skiers and snowboarders. As part of the current Five Year Development Plan, more improvements and facilities are coming to both mountains, including better on-site family facilities.
There's already a lot here: a peak at 11.053 feet, more than 3,100 vertical feet of terrain on over 3,500 skiable acres, and 150 named trails. The new High Five Express quad transports more visitors to the slopes faster, and the MyMammoth RFID enabled lift ticket system means quicker entry and 15% in savings on lift ticket fees if you preload online before arrival.
In more happy news, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named Mammoth Mountain as an Official Training Ground so the top skiers and snowboarders in the country can prepare for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games there. And with early snows, we know it will be a great season.
Mammoth Mountain Family Programs
Mammoth understands family snowsport needs, too. There’s a cool Woolly’s Forest daycare program for ages 3-6 at both the recently upgraded Mammoth Mountain Inn and The Village base. Kids lift tickets for ages 7-12 are just $35/day and kids 6 and under ski free and enjoy activities at Canyon Lodge and in the base village. Parents with toddler athletes will appreciate the Parent Tag Team Ticket that allows mom and dad to take turns with parental duty while sharing one lift ticket for the day. Beginners get a good deal, too, with discounted access to certain chair lifts adjacent to beginner slopes.
New facilities at Unbound Playgrounds and the adventure zones offer an easier, more comfortable introduction to terrain parks for beginners and children. Mammoth is adding more interactive elements with fun, more approachable features. Big Bird and the Cookie Monster will rule in The Playground section of the park, which will have a Sesame Street West theme this winter, providing the ideal location for kids to discover the sport.
Families who spend days on the mountain can use their afternoons at the snow tubing park to keep the kids going till supper time.