The Guide to Mammoth



Drive Time to Mammoth: 

  • 4.5 hrs from LA or Vegas 
  • hrs from San Francisco 
  • 6.5 hrs from San Diego 
  • hrs from Reno 

Driving Directions from Los Angeles: 

Hwy 405 north, to Hwy 5 north, to Hwy 14 north to the town of Mojave. Take a right turn and continue on Hwy 14 north to Hwy 395 north (towards Reno/Bishop), to Hwy 203 (Mammoth Lakes Junction). Exit Hwy 203 and drive 6 miles into the town of Mammoth Lakes. Hwy 203 is Main Street. 


Commercial airline service is now available from LAX to Mammoth on Horizon Air.  



There are a ton of different rental options, both in town and at the Village.  We’ll be letting you know about discounts at our recommended vendors as the weekend gets closer. 

Black Tie Rental Ski Delivery: 

SPECIAL 20% DISCOUNT for Elevation attendees 

To make your reservation online click here 


Other Rental Opportunities :

McCoy Sports (Village – the old Stormriders moved across the street to new digs) 

Main Lodge 

Canyon Lodge 

Wave Rave Main Street 

Mammoth Sporting Goods Old Mammoth Road (across from Vons) 

Kittredge Sports Main Street (north side) – open until 10:00pm. 



Let us be your mountain guides! Meet up with the guys from Elevation for a morning of skiing/boarding. Intermediate and Advanced skill levels, no charge. Look for our signs at Canyon Lodge.  



Lessons are available at Mammoth Mountain for everyone from Beginners to Advanced and Racing classes and must generally be booked at least one day in advance.  Call 1.800.Mammoth and mention Elevation to be put into a class with other Elevation skiers and boarders. 



High-End Dining: 

Whitebark Restaurant and Bar at The Westin Monache Resort. The wide-ranging menu varies seasonally, offering choices to entice every guest. An extensive wine list features West Coast vintages and several international alpine choices to complement every dish.  

Lakefront Restaurant at Tamarack Lodge. Very good French in a small intimate setting. 

Skadi. Scandinavian/Californian with a twist.  


Affordable Dining: 

Lakanuki. Surprisingly good food, eclectic menu and amazing mango margaritas. Our pick for affordable dining. In the Village.  

Smokeyard. Classic American BBQ and steakhouse fare catered to a hip and sophisticated clientele, while remaining casual, comfortable and affordable.  

Gomez’s. The best Mexican in town. Join them at their new location right in The Village.  

Old New York Deli & Bagel. In the Village.  

Sushi Rei. Good food, with an upbeat, urban theme. DJs every weekend. In the Village.  

The Stove. Great breakfasts.  

Base Camp Cafe. Burgers and sandwiches. Local hangout. 


Other Merchants: 

Alpine Approach. Great mountain gear, very knowledgeable staff. In the Village. 

ZanTees. Custom apparel right in The Village. 

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. In the Village. Need we say more? 

Panache. High-end active and leisurewear for label queens. In the Village. 

McCoy Sports. In the Village. 

Wave Rave. Snowboard shop.  

Footloose Sports. Main & Old Mammoth. 



(Straight from a not-so-straight local.) 

Best Tree Skiing – Chairs 9 & 14 (also the least busy lifts) 

Best Bumps – Climax, Cornice, Scotties and The Paranoids – off the Gondola or Chair 23. 

Beginner Slopes – Little Eagle, Stump Alley Express at Mill Creek or Discovery Chair at Main Lodge. 

Best Tanning – McCoy Station Deck, Mill Creek Deck, or anywhere in the trees. (Bring sunscreen.) 


Board Parks: 

Main Park – Under Thunderbound Express at Main Lodge. This includes Unbound for advanced boarders, with North America’s biggest half-pipe (the Super-Duper Pipe), and Forest Trail, for intermediate boarders. Along with the Super-Duper Pipe (19foot walls), a Super Pipe, there are jumps, rails, jibs, and The Colossus banked S-box. 

South Park – Under Roller Coaster. Intermediate and beginner jumps, rails, and course. 

Jibs Galore – A new rail park for all abilities on Carousel. 

Canyon Park – On School Yard at Canyon Lodge. Beginner jumps and a mini halfpipe.