What Should I Wear during a May Trip to Mammoth?

What to Wear to Mammoth Mountain in May in Mammoth, CA

A May visit to Mammoth comes with an inviting mix of longer days, warmer weather, and the opportunity to still enjoy the resort’s popular snow-based activities. If you’ll be making your way to Mammoth in May, make your trip even more enjoyable by bringing the right clothing and accessories with you. Read on for our recommendations for what to wear when coming to Mammoth Mountain in May.

Dress for Temperature Shifts throughout the Day

Springtime in the Mammoth area brings temperature variations throughout the day. It’s typically cooler in the mornings, so it’s a good idea to wear layers. May temperatures generally get into the 60s during the day at Mammoth Mountain and dip down into the 30s or a bit lower overnight, which means evenings and nights can be colder, too. For this reason, we recommend bringing an assortment of clothes so you’re prepared for shifts in temperature, with possibilities including:

• A lighter jacket for when it’s cooler and windy
• Jeans or pants that blend comfort and warmth
• Some lighter tops, such as Mammoth Mountain t-shirts, so you can dress in layers

But Also Dress for Snow-Based Activities

Due to the higher elevations at Mammoth Mountain, conditions are usually suitable for artificial snowmaking right up through at least Memorial Day weekend. There have also been times when the colder-weather activities extended into parts of the summer. In 2019, a record 29 inches of snow resulted in Mammoth being open until August. In May, skiing and snowboarding are often regularly enjoyed on and around the mountain here, so dress accordingly if you have plans to enjoy the fresh powder. This typically means:

• A ski jacket—a full ski suit may not be necessary, though
• Moisture-wicking pants if you’ll be skiing or snowboarding
• A few layers, since it can get windy on the mountain when you’re active
• Goggles to protect your eyes and minimize glare, since the sun is higher and out longer in May

Bring Proper & Comfortable Footwear

By the time May arrives, some of the hiking trails in the area are once again safely and comfortably accessible. The Agnew Meadows Wildflower Loop is a good place to hike if you prefer to be surrounded by newly blooming flowers. Since there’s the possibility for a blend of winter and spring activities in the Mammoth area in May, come prepared with footwear that includes hiking or trail boots.

We also suggest wearing shoes or boots you’ve already broken in when you come to Mammoth Mountain in May. There’s a lot of ground to cover here if you’ll be immersing yourself in outdoor activities or exploring, and comfortable, worn-in shoes can help you avoid painful blisters.

Wear Sunscreen, Too!

One other thing to “wear” at Mammoth Mountain in May is sunscreen. The longer days mean more sunshine and potentially harmful UV rays on exposed skin, even on cloudy days. Go with an SPF between 40 and 50 to get sufficient protection. 

You can make your May visit extra special by updating your wardrobe with the latest styles in Mammoth Mountain apparel when you get here. Mammoth Bound is your one-stop shop for t-shirts, gaiters, hats, beanies, and a variety of logo wear. Stop by on your way to the mountain or contact us at [email protected].

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