Mammoth Mountain, CA

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17 thoughts on “Mammoth Mountain, CA

  1. Peter Landsman July 2, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Does anyone know why Mammoth came out with new logos and re-wrapped the gondola cabins twice circa 2014?
    Take 1:

    Take 2:

    I like the first logo way better but it only lasted one year.


    • Thomas Jett July 2, 2018 / 10:44 pm

      I know that the second logo was used before 2014. It was always way bigger than the first.


  2. Carson July 22, 2018 / 11:42 am

    A riblet t-bar sounds interesting

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  3. carol August 4, 2018 / 12:11 am

    These logos suck. Bring back the ORIGINAL WOOLLY on skis!!


  4. John November 5, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    I think Heimo’s Platter may have been removed this past summer because on the new trail map for the 2018-19 season, there is the Canyon Carpet in the same alignment that Heimo’s was originally in.

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  5. GreatEight December 18, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    What is the busiest lift at mammoth and the one that needs to be upgraded the most?


    • Thomas Jett December 19, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Chair 2 is the busiest. The detachables that need upgrade are 1 and 16, because they’re Yan/Doppelmayr hybrids that are getting old, and can be busy on peak days. 2 and 10 could also use upgrading because they each have a capacity of 2,800 pp/h, but they serve as the only way for intermediates to get from one side of the mountain to the other. There’s also some fixed grips that need to be upgraded. 12 and 14 really need to become detachable to make it easier to use the backside of the mountain. 25 is also planned to be upgraded to serve the side of Lincoln Mountain, but I’m not sure that there’s enough terrain to make it a high priority. One thing that I’d like to see done is upgrades of 2 and 10, and then relocations of the old quads to replace the backside lifts. Currently, the plan is to replace 16 next summer with a six pack. They’re considering a bunch of high-end features, including bubbles, heated seats, and a loading carpet. Maybe Alterra will feel brave enough to buy their first D-Line.


      • GreatEight December 20, 2018 / 8:21 am

        DO you think they need the capacity of an 8 person on 1, 2 or 16?


        • Thomas Jett December 21, 2018 / 11:11 am

          1 Definitely doesn’t need it. It has chair 6 and the gondola to supplement it, and the lines are usually shorter. 2 definitely needs a capacity of 3,600 pp/h, and it wouldn’t hurt at 16, either. I think that in general, eight packs shouldn’t be built. Grouping eventually becomes enough of a problem that wider seats aren’t justified. Mammoth, in particular, struggles to fill seats on its two six packs, and unless they improve operations, there’s going to be more inefficiency than some other mountains. The 2007 plan dealt with this problem by constructing lifts to supplement the demand for cross-mountain transportation. They have plans to extend the village gondola to the top of 15. 15 will be converted and extended to the top of 5. Eventually, a tram will run from there to the summit. At 2, there’s plans to build a beginner-ish detachable quad to mirror 6.

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  6. zjroeber March 3, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Any word on Mammoth’s plans for lift projects in the 2019 build season?


    • skitheeast March 4, 2019 / 8:16 am

      Alterra said they are announcing their projects for next season later this month.

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      • Thomas Jett March 4, 2019 / 2:17 pm

        Do you have a source on that?


        • Thomas Jett March 4, 2019 / 8:17 pm

          So, they’re not getting a new lift.


  7. Joe Blake July 30, 2019 / 8:51 pm

    So many lifts! Is this joint just confusing af or do the folds in the volcano make it all make sense?


    • Thomas Jett July 30, 2019 / 10:20 pm

      The best way to understand it is that the tops of 1, 3, 5, 22, and 23 (and kinda 9 and 10 as well) are all sub-peaks of the mountain, meaning that you can ski down from them in any direction. Google Earth would help you understand it.


    • skitheeast July 31, 2019 / 10:10 am

      Look at Google Maps in terrain mode. That should help you understand the topography of the mountain.


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