A Beginner’s Guide to Mammoth

Fresh powder is too tempting for most people to pass up, and whether your preferred activity is snowboarding, skiing, or even sledding, there are several factors to consider when choosing a location to visit. There are ski resorts all over the world, each with different types of terrain suited for different levels of experience.

Mammoth Resort

Located in Mammoth Lakes, CA, Mammoth Mountain is a favorite of families and professionals alike. This ski resort has extremely consistent annual snowfall, with an average of more than 400 inches of snow per year. While the trail map of Mammoth Mountain may be covered with the familiar black diamonds indicating much more advanced courses for experienced riders and skiers, there are plenty of options for beginners as well.

Classes & Guides

For a beginner who’s just starting to get familiar with the equipment and locations, Mammoth Mountain offers a range of skiing and snowboarding lessons. Experienced instructors offer both group classes and private lessons, and there are classes targeted to different age groups. Mammoth Mountain even has an adaptive ski school that provides specialized instruction and adaptive equipment for children and adults with disabilities. For more information on the types of classes available, ask the friendly team at ASO Mammoth, the premier Mammoth outdoor store on the mountain.

Areas & Slopes

Beginners will be able to purchase passes that allow them to access Chairs 7, 11, 15, and 17, which means they’ll have access to lifts from every lodge. Canyon Lodge has runs that are short greens with low incline and length, making them perfect for beginners. Eagle Lodge has the longest runs and is a great starting area for both beginners and progressing riders/skiers looking to broaden their skills.

For kids, Chair 7 will take them to a park called Wonderland Playground. This terrain park offers more variety for parents who want to take their children to a safe but fun area. Another area that’s great for kids is Woolly’s Woods, which is a small fun zone with features specifically designed for younger skiers and snowboarders.

See Mammoth Mountain Trail Maps here.

Safety & Security

When it comes to new riders and skiers, especially young children, it can be scary when they visit a ski resort for the first time. Fortunately, Mammoth Mountain has extensive safety regulations. The Mammoth safety team even employs highly trained dogs to search for people in the event of an avalanche. And Mammoth Mountain’s website offers safety tips and guides to ensure everyone—young and old—can enjoy a safe and fun mountain experience, no matter what level of snow sports experience they have.

First-time skiers and snowboarders can have a blast on the slopes when they make sure to start off with the right gear. Whether they need to buy jackets, get boots fitted, or rent snowboards, Mammoth visitors can rely on ASO Mammoth for high-quality service and great advice from snow sports experts. Drop by our shop or give us a call at 760-965-3444.

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