Like many other popular destinations in California and elsewhere, Mammoth Mountain has been affected by COVID-19. If you have plans to make your way here, the good news is Mammoth Mountain opened for the 2020–2021 winter season on November 13th. Here’s what you need to know about how to enjoy this beautiful and inviting region during the upcoming season, brought to you by the friendly folks at ASO Mammoth, your one-stop shop for everything from mountain biking equipment to Mammoth ski rentals.
Updates for Enhanced Visitor Safety
In addition to establishing new policies and procedures, Mammoth has invested $1 million in enhancements related to coronavirus. These visitor safety updates include:
• New technologies
• Sanitization procedures
• Reduced contact points throughout resort areas
No Required Pass Holder Reservations
Mammoth isn’t requiring pass holder reservations. This is currently the planned policy for the 2020-2021 winter season. This is one of the ways the Mammoth-managed facilities and outdoor areas are making an effort to control resort visitation levels. The reason for this step is to minimize COVID-related concerns related to crowds.
Ikon Pass Holders Prioritized
Mammoth plans to prioritize resort access for Ikon Pass holders. If you have one of these passes, reservations aren’t required to access Mammoth Mountain. You can also opt for a Base Ikon Pass and an Ikon Session 4-Day Pass. If you prefer not to use your pass this year, you can roll over what you paid for the pass to the 2021–2022 season. Visit mammothmountain.com for full pass details.
Additional Steps to Limit Crowds
Mammoth Mountain staff are taking additional steps to ensure crowd levels are managed well in response to COVID concerns. According to the Mammoth website, these steps include regulating the number of daily lift tickets issued. This is being done by allowing only advance purchase for lift tickets, which means that for the time being, you won’t be able to purchase lift tickets simply by walking up to where tickets are normally sold. Such a restriction also further limits person-to-person contact.
Local Guidelines to Keep in Mind
Mammoth officials will continue to work with the local and state governments to adhere to COVID-related guidelines and limitations. What this means is that policies and procedures will be adjusted as necessary as the 2020–2021 season gets underway and continues into the spring.
Other Mammoth Mountain Visitor Guidelines during COVID
To ensure visitor safety, Mammoth is asking visitors to keep additional safety precautions in mind when taking advantage of the many amenities and sites found here. These include:
• Practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet from people who aren’t traveling with you
• Wearing masks in indoor areas, on lifts and shuttles, in lift lines, and in other situations where masks are required to be worn
• Using the various handwashing and sanitizing stations located throughout the Mammoth area
Note: Alternative face coverings are generally permitted. However, Mammoth isn’t allowing single-layer neck gaiters or perforated, thin, or ventilated face coverings.
No matter what time of year you visit Mammoth Mountain, always make safety your first priority, and you’ll be sure to find plenty of fun, relaxing ways to enjoy your stay. Whether they need fishing gear, mountain biking equipment, or high-quality snowboard rentals, Mammoth visitors can find everything they need at ASO Mammoth. Drop by our store on your way to the mountain or give us a call at 760-965-3444.