Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is located in the city of Mammoth Lakes. With over 400 inches of annual snowfall, 3,500 skiable acres, 150 trails, 28 lifts (includes 9 high speed quads, 3 high speed gondolas, and 2 high speed six–packs), and a season that lasts from approximately November through June depending on the conditions, Mammoth certainly lives up to its name. It is extremely popular with California residents. Visitors can spend a week at the resort and still not get to every trail. For the 2009–2010 ski season, Mammoth Mountain's regular rate for a one–day ticket is $87. Discounts can be received by buying tickets at least seven days in advance or skiing, buying tickets for multiple days or skiing after April 18. Other winter activites include: cross–country skiing, snowmobiling, snowcat tours, dog sled ridges, snow tubing, ice skating, and a scenic gondola ride.
Mammoth Mountain is a resort for all season. In the spring, golf courses typically open by April. In the summer, biking, hiking, fishing and horseback are all very popular. Mammoth has an extensive array of boutique shopping, fine restaurants, lively bars, and numerous events and festivals throughout the year. Visitors may want to take a few days to acclimatize to the altitude in Mammoth. With a base elevation of 7,900 feet and a top elevatio near 11,000 feet, Mammoth is high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
With a population of 7,500, Mammoth Lakes is the largest city for more than a hundred miles in any direction, and the only incorporated city in Mono County. It is a popular recreational destination for Southern California residents and is served by the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Mammoth Lakes offers a wide variety of lodging options and restaurant options. Other popular attractions nearby include: Devil's Postpile National Monument, June Lake, Mono Lake, and Yosemite National Park. At an elevation of 11,053 feet, Mammoth Mountain looms over the town.