Mammoth Lakes Winter Activities That Are Not Skiing and Snowboarding

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You wouldn’t know it if you visited Mammoth Lakes in the winter, but there’s more to do with the 400 inches of snow Mammoth Lakes receives annually than just strapping a plank or two on your feet and sliding around.

When it comes to winter activities, skiing and snowboarding isn’t for everyone, but that’s ok because Mammoth Lakes has so much more to offer than just that. Whether you’re a climber, runner, hiker, or just want to see some spectacular views during your visit, there is a winter activity here that’s right for everyone. Check out our list of Mammoth Lakes Winter Activities other than skiing and snowboarding to find yours!

Scenic Gondola Rides

The Eastern Sierras are beautiful but enjoying them isn’t always relaxing if you have to hike to do it. You don’t have to worry about that if you take a scenic gondola tour.

Thanks to Mammoth Mountains’ comfortable Panorama Gondola, you can enjoy the views the skiers and snowboarders on the mountain do without having to ride down the mountain to do so. The Panorama Gondola begins at Main Lodge, and lifts passengers all the way to the Mammoth Mountain summit at 11,053 feet. Plus, the gondola is open year-round which means scenic views are available no matter when you visit.

Once you’re at the summit, get all the pictures you could ever want at 11,000 ft. and enjoy lunch at Eleven53 Café with a view through their panoramic windows.

Check out the scenic gondola here.

Snowcat Tours

The Panorama Gondola may provide soaring views, but if you want to enjoy the mountains from the ground then a snowcat tour is a great option.

Mammoth Mountain offers two weekend tours that both come with a spread of delicious food at the end and sweeping views of the Eastern Sierras from Minaret Vista. For lunch, take the mid-day tour where you’ll find both adult and kid friendly foods waiting for you at the top.

If you’re looking to relax a little later in the day, then you can take the Après tour where you’ll find a lighter spread that’s perfect to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. To book your snowcat tour, you must make a reservation two days in advance, so if you’re still looking for the perfect way to end you Mammoth Vacation book your snowcat tour now!

Book your snowcat tour here.


For one of the most peaceful and accessible ways to enjoy Mammoth Lakes snow, try snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing is an outdoor winter activity that’s great exercise, affordable compared to skiing and snowboarding, and a great way to enjoy the Eastern Sierras in the winter without crowds or noisy engines getting in the way.

Check out the Mammoth Lakes trail maps here!


In terms of pure fun, it’s hard to beat snowmobiling through the Eastern Sierras.

Snowmobiles are easy to drive and are an efficient way to explore deep into the backcountry surrounding Mammoth Lakes. Plus, there are plenty of guides who offer tours in the area that are perfect for visitors. Mammoth Mountain offers guided snowmobile tours that last for 1 and a half or 3 hours. To explore areas other than those around Mammoth Mountain, check out DJ’s snowmobile adventures for tours or even rentals for adventures of your own.

Check out Mammoth Mountain guided tours here.

Check out DJ’s snowmobile tours here.

Wooly’s Tube Park

For fun the entire family is sure to enjoy, try Wooly’s Tube Park.

At Wooly’s adults can watch their kids slide down the groomed slopes from the heated deck that offers warm refreshments, or vice versa if parents want to get in on the fun. Children must be at least 42” to ride the tubes, but there is also a snow play area so even the smallest children can experience Mammoth Lakes snow.

Find Woolly’s Tube Park here.

What’s your favorite winter activities in Mammoth Lakes?

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