California’s ski destination Mammoth Mountain is the most popular ski resort on Instagram, boasting over 550k followers. With ski-lovers across the world looking to Instagram for their ski-inspo, Mammoth Mountain, a destination with over 300 days of sunshine a year, has come up on top, over the likes of Whistler, Vail and Aspen. We’ve uncovered why Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra is the perfect ‘insta-worthy’ ski trip.
A Fun and Friendly Ski Resort for Everyone
We know many high-end ski resorts across the U.S can be intimidating for your average skier looking for snowy slopes and a good time. Mammoth Mountain has something special about it, and those who have experienced the friendliness of both locals and staff at Mammoth love to return time and time again.
It’s Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret
You’ll often find celebrities make their way to the Sierra Mountains for an under-the-radar ski trip. While Vail may be where the paparazzi snap their shots, many A-listers are regulars at Mammoth Mountain so they can enjoy the ski runs and après in a more laidback, chilled vibe. The Kardashians, George Clooney and Will Ferrell are all regulars, and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk even has a house there. It’s A-List worthy, but without any elitist feel. With the mountain’s close proximity to LA (a short 2-hour flight or stunning 5 hour drive), it’s easy to see why so many Celebs can sneak up to Mammoth.
Seven Months of Heaven on Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain has one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Kicking off in November, Mammoth’s ski season officially runs until Memorial Day on May 31st (although sometimes lasting until July 4th). If you don’t want to join the winter ski rush, you can plan your visit to the slopes at a time that suits you.
Dine in Style Mountainside!
Mammoth has an incredible array of options for foodies heading to the mountains. Choose anything from fine dining to happy hour with Mammoth’s exciting food scene. The latest exciting addition is a trendy modern Italian American restaurant, from Food Network stars the Voltaggio brothers, opening this February.
It’s the Perfect All-Year Rounder
Mammoth is considered one of the best ski resorts by locals and tourists alike because no matter what the season, you’re sure to be greeted by the unbelievably beautiful work of mother nature. While of course you’ll get to enjoy snow on the slopes for seven months a year, if you take a trip to this Californian paradise during the off-season, you can experience incredible hikes, fly fishing, horseback riding, camping by the lakes – the list is endless. This place is a wonder of nature – and will leave you wondering why you’d want to be anywhere else
Award Winning Winter Fun
Don’t just take our word for it, Mammoth Lakes was named ‘Best Ski Town in the US’ late last year by USA Today. Mammoth was awarded the title thanks to its dining, lodging, activity, visitor experience and laid-back charm. Not only has this destination been named the best ski town in the US, but Mammoth is also home to the ‘Best Aprés Ski Bar’ too! Clocktower Cellar was voted the best après ski bar in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards. A favourite local hangout in Mammoth Lakes, Clocktower Cellar sits across from the Village Gondola beneath an alpine-themed lodge.
Endless Ways to Play at Mammoth with Ikon Pass
Mountain-minded holidaymakers can take to the slopes at Mammoth with their Ikon Pass season tickets. Part of an incredible range of global destinations, Mammoth is one of the many North American ski resorts available through the Ikon Pass. Pass holders can access Mammoth with discounted rates and unlimited access – it’s snow much fun! Don’t forget that the Ikon Pass also unlocks days of fun at Aussies mountains as well including Thredbo in NSW and Mt Buller in Victoria.