Skiing & Boarding


Snowboarders are welcome on all runs at both Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain.

Both ski areas offer lessons and race programs. June Mountain offers a very developed selection of ski runs created specifically for the snowboarder, including a half-pipe area, jumps, and obstacles created especially to do wild stuff off of.

Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain Trail Map (250k)

Mammoth Mountain is a world class ski resort, boasting California's highest ski elevation and longest season. There are 3500 skiable acres, 3100 vertical feet, with 150 named trails. The base elevation is 7950', topping out at 11,053'. An early November opening is usually assured with snowmaking on 22 trails. There are 31 lifts, including 4 high speed quads, 4 quads, 7 triples, 12 doubles, 2 gondolas, T-Bar, Poma. Snowboarding is encouraged. Visit the official Mammoth Mountain Web site for additional information.

June Mountain
June Mountain Trail Map (300k)

Located a few miles north of Mammoth Lakes is June Mountain, in June Lake. June has over 500 skiable acres, 2590 vertical feet, and 35 named trails. The base elevation is 7545', topping out at 10,135'. The season is from December through April. There are 7 lifts, including 2 quads, 4 doubles and 1 rope tow. JM2, June's newest terrain development, offers a flawlessly-sculpted Super Pipe, the award-winning Wall Ride, two jib parks, and three impressive terrain parks, challenging beginners and experts alike.

Backcountry Snowboarding
We are surrounded by miles and miles of National Forest. Of course we have backcountry snowboard opportunities. In fact, some of the best places in the world are around here. If your tastes run to cruising and touring, start out in the Lakes Basin. You can legally ski up Lake Mary Road using the right hand side of the road (stay off Tamarack's groomed trails or you will have to pay a trail fee). Then branch out and explore the region. Unless you choose to go up something really steep, you won't have to come down something really steep.

On the other hand, if you want really steep, check out the Sherwins. Lots of chutes and very steep stuff. Get there by going up Lake Mary Road, staying off the groomed trails, and stay to the left following other tracks up the ridgeline onto the Sherwins. Follow the ridge as far as you want, watching for good downhill runs. There are also lots of steep rideable slopes higher up the Lakes Basin.

Obviously the back country can be a dangerous place. If you don't know what you are doing, it may hurt you. The Eastern Sierra has its share of avalanches and bad winter weather. So go prepared. Let someone know where you are going.

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