The Best Trails at Mammoth Mountain for Every Skill Level

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One of the best parts of riding or skiing at Mammoth Mountain is that you have 150 different trails to choose from, but if you’re unfamiliar with the mountain then choosing between all those trails is a challenge.

After all, Mammoth Mountain’s massive terrain offers just about every kind of feature and snow you can imagine, then you have to consider what you want to ride, and then you have to decide if you’re skilled enough to even ride where you want to anyways. That’s if you’re experienced. If you’re a beginner, then you won’t know the answers to any of those questions.

To help you decide, we’ve listed some of the best trails on Mammoth Mountain and grouped them together by skill level. Check them out and plan your day at Mammoth now!

Skill Level: Beginner

Like most mountains, most of Mammoth’s beginner runs are centered around the base lodge at the bottom of the mountain. However, unlike most mountains Mammoth has two other lodges with their own set of beginner runs, resulting in plenty of variety for first time and developing riders and skiers.

The three lodges beginners will want to stay near are called Canyon, Eagle, and Main Lodge, but Main and Canyon lodge have a few more green runs than Eagle does. For example, one ride up chair 17 near Canyon Lodge will give you access to Spring Canyon, Little Bird, and Round About.

Mammoth Mountain Beginner Skill Level

Skill Level: Intermediate

Looking to push your skills while nailing down the fundamentals? Mammoth has plenty of runs for intermediate riders such as yourself.

Starting at Eagle Lodge, chair 15 will drop on top of several blue runs including, Christmas Tree, Chicadee, and Watertank. Next, at Canyon Lodge chair 16 will take you to the middle of the mountain and give you the option of riding down several progressive blues such as Downhill, Sideshow, and Avalanche to name a few. These runs are meant to be challenging to intermediate riders, but if you need a warm-up run on a green then you can also ride down Easy Rider from chair 16.

Skill Level: Expert

Mammoth Mountain’s trails become progressively harder as you go further up the mountain, but expert riders don’t need to go to the summit to find trails and features that will push their skill to the limit. The main example is chair 22, which picks riders up near Canyon Lodge and drops them directly above three double blacks.

If you want to head to the top of the mountain though, you’ll have plenty of options for expert runs. From the Panorama Gondola you’ll have immediate access to two double blacks in Huevos Grandes and Climax. If you traverse to your left or your right, you’ll find even more black diamonds and double blacks. For bowls and chutes, Chair 23 will drop you right above Dropout and Wipeout Chutes with several bowls nearby. You can also head over to Kiwi Flats for an exciting drop in.

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