What to Do at Mammoth Mountain if You Can’t Ski or Snowboard

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After being lucky enough to live and work in the shadow of Mammoth Mountain for as long as we have at ASO Mammoth, it’s hard to imagine not skiing or snowboarding here.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from all the people who rent and buy ski and snowboard gear in our shop though, it’s that people travel here from all over with different skills and interest, not all of which are skiing and snowboarding.

Whether it’s because you’re not interested in skiing or snowboarding or are injured from the last time you rode, use the guide below to find something for you at Mammoth Mountain!

Warm Up with a Good Drink or Snack

 When you think of food at a ski mountain, you probably think of a basic cafeteria with long lines and wet floors, but Mammoth has much more to offer than that.

Although several dining spots are only accessible by snow, Mammoth has plenty of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops scattered all over the mountain that you can enjoy even if you’re not on the snow.

For example, at Canyon Lodge alone you can have your morning coffee at Canyon Coffee, have a beer at Grizzly bar, or if the weather is nice you can soak it up at the slope side Lincoln Bar, and then have a meal at Grizzly Square Marketplace. Mammoth has two other lodges with similar offerings and even more available only a short gondola ride down the mountain at the Village.

For a full list of Mammoth Mountain’s dining options, click here.

Ride the Gondola

 Even if you have no plans to ride back down on the snow, everyone should see the view from the top of Mammoth Mountain. The view from the top is spectacular, but you won’t be able to look away from the views inside the Panorama Gondola as your ride up and down.

A ride on the Panorama Gondola requires a ticket, however up to two kids 12 and under per group ride free making this trip a great option for families. Plus, Eleven53 Café and the Eleven53 Interpretive Center’s interactive exhibits are at the top of the mountain.

You can find more information about riding the Panorama Gondola here.

Hang Out at the Lodges

 For most people the base lodges are only there for picking up rental gear or buying a last second piece of replacement gear as they pass through to the mountain.

There are so many shops, restaurants, and views available at each lodge that you’re bound to find something for you. Whether you’re looking for a nice spot to read or a place to watch your kids learn on the bunny slopes, take time to explore all of the base lodges!

Take a Snowcat Tour

 You can get on the snow and still take it slow at Mammoth Mountain thanks to snowcat tours.

If you’re unfamiliar with snowcats, they are tracked vehicles with a heated cabin that are perfect for a smooth and comfortable ride up the mountain. Mammoth offers two different tours of the mountain via snowcat, but each end with a snack and a fantastic view.

For more information about snowcat tours at Mammoth Mountain, click here.

Check out the Events Calendar

 What we’ve listed above are only what Mammoth has planned on a regular schedule. Whether it’s a halfpipe competition or a firework show, there is so much more happening on the mountain than just skiing and snowboarding.

Stay up to date on everything by checking out the Mammoth Events Calendar here.

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