This is me and Chris in front of a pile of Mammoth snow. This is how much snow fell during 04/05. In fact it was already melting when we got there so the pile was probably higher than this before we got there!
If you're planning a trip out there for skiiing or boarding I don't think you will be disappointed with the conditions. The snow is a little heavy (nicknamed Sierra Cement!) but this in no way stops your enjoyment! We had 6 out of 7 bluebird days, and on the day when we got stuck in 100 mile an hour winds at the top, by the time we got halfway down the mountain it was sunny again - the storm only covered the top half of the mountain!
Little Grizzly is located in the Village Square.
There's plenty of shops for you to spend your money on in the Village - Splash Bath & Body, Once upon a Christmas, Unbound, Livin' Art, Munchkins kids clothes and many more!
Mammoth Lakes is the town at the base of the mountain and is the place where we stayed. I would definitely recommend doing the same thing, because of the higher prices you will pay for the convienence of staying at the resort lodgings at the slopes edge. It is only about a 20 minute drive from the town to the resort, mainly because of having to go slow with the slick roads. The town has a dozen or so bars, restaurants and a bunch of retail outlets. All winter activities are available: bobsledding, dogsledding, saunas, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, spa, tobogganing and winter hikes.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory, besides the skiing was the "babbling brook" that ran along right outside of my bedroom's window. Despite it being 20-something degrees (F), I always left the window open and fell asleep to its sounds.
Average Snowfall: 32 feet (384 inches)
Average Sunny Days: 300
Length of Season: November - June
Vertical Rise: 3,100 feet/945m
Elevation: Base 7,953 feet/2,424m
Summit 11,053 feet/3,369m
Skiable Acreage: 3,500+/1,416+ hectares
Snowmaking: 477 acres/193 hectares, covering 48 trails - 33% of mountain
Number of Lifts: 27 – 1 Six-pack, 9 Quads (8 high-speed detachable), 7 Triples, 5 Doubles, 3 Gondolas and 2 Surface lifts (2 pomas)
Number of Trails: 150 named trails
Uphill Capacity: 50,000 rides per hour
Longest Run: 3 miles
Terrain: 15% expert, 20% advanced, 40% intermediate, 25% beginner