Mammoth Mountain is fully embracing what the resort refers to as its “second season,” meaning the time beyond what most people consider the traditional winter activity season. Thanks to the higher elevations here, you can still have a great time skiing in May. In fact, the lifts will be operating through Memorial Day in 2022, which is pretty much the norm each year. Here’s what you need to know about May skiing in Mammoth, brought to you by the friendly folks at ASO Mammoth, your year-round one-stop shop for everything from fishing gear to mountain biking equipment and Mammoth snowboard rental.
Expect Softer Snow
Natural snowfall isn’t a regular occurrence in Mammoth in May, but conditions are still ideal for making artificial snow. However, because of the warmer, sun-filled days and greater percentage of artificial snow on and around the mountain, the powder is usually much softer in May, especially in the afternoons.
Be Prepared for Warmer Days & Cold Nights
Springtime in the Mammoth area means warmer, longer days, but the nights can still be very cold. Plus, when you’re immersed in the fresh powder, the winds can produce a noticeable chill. For this reason, it’s best to dress in layers. This way, you’ll stay warm and comfortable when you ski and be able to easily remove layers when you need to. Also, conditions can change noticeably throughout the day as you’re skiing. It’s usually winter-like in the mornings in May and warmer by the time mid-afternoon rolls around. Additionally, because May days here are sunnier, it’s also a good idea to:
• Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated—bottles can be refilled at on-site refill stations
• Wear goggles to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun reflecting off the snow
• Wear sunscreen as you ski
Ski Earlier if You Prefer Firmer, Winter-Like Snow
Because of what we just mentioned, you might prefer to get an early start to your day of skiing in May if you prefer more traditional skiing conditions. This is also when the powder is freshly manicured and groomed, which means the snow is firmer and more winter-like. Mornings tend to be less crowded, too.
Prepare & Maintain Your Gear
The changing conditions in the ski areas throughout Mammoth can take a toll on your skis if you’re not careful. Having your skis properly waxed and maintained makes it easier to minimize drag and sticking as the snow softens throughout the day. If you need a bit more grip because of the softer snow, consider adding a base stone grind to the underside of your skis.
Should you have any other issues with your gear because of the conditions, you can always rent what you need. This is also a great way to get some personalized advice about May skiing in the Mammoth area.
Check Out Mammoth’s May/Spring Specials & Deals
If you’ll be coming to Mammoth Mountain anytime in May to ski, the resort regularly promotes various deals, packages, and specials on its website. We recommend checking out the available deals so you can have a more affordable and enjoyable springtime visit to Mammoth. For instance, if you book your lift tickets for the middle of the week, you can ski for under $100 a day.
No matter what time of year you visit Mammoth Mountain, you’re sure to find plenty of fun, relaxing ways to enjoy your stay. Whether they need fishing gear, mountain biking equipment, or high-quality ski rental, 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.