Snowboarders are welcome on all runs at both Mammoth
Mountain and June Mountain.
Both ski areas offer lessons and race programs. June
Mountain offers a very developed selection of ski runs
created specifically for the snowboarder, including
a half-pipe area, jumps, and obstacles created especially
to do wild stuff off of.
Mountain Trail Map (250k)
Mammoth Mountain is a world class ski resort, boasting
California's highest ski elevation and longest season.
There are 3500 skiable acres, 3100 vertical feet, with
150 named trails. The base elevation is 7950', topping
out at 11,053'. An early November opening is usually
assured with snowmaking on 22 trails. There are 31 lifts,
including 4 high speed quads, 4 quads, 7 triples, 12
doubles, 2 gondolas, T-Bar, Poma. Snowboarding is encouraged.
Visit the official Mammoth
Mountain Web site for additional information.
Mountain Trail Map (300k)
Located a few miles north of Mammoth Lakes is June
Mountain, in June Lake. June has over 500 skiable acres,
2590 vertical feet, and 35 named trails. The base elevation
is 7545', topping out at 10,135'. The season is from
December through April. There are 7 lifts, including
2 quads, 4 doubles and 1 rope tow. JM2, June's newest
terrain development, offers a flawlessly-sculpted Super
Pipe, the award-winning Wall Ride, two jib parks, and
three impressive terrain parks, challenging beginners
and experts alike.
We are surrounded by miles and miles of National
Forest. Of course we have backcountry snowboard opportunities.
In fact, some of the best places in the world are around
here. If your tastes run to cruising and touring, start
out in the Lakes Basin. You can legally ski up Lake
Mary Road using the right hand side of the road (stay
off Tamarack's groomed trails or you will have to pay
a trail fee). Then branch out and explore the region.
Unless you choose to go up something really steep, you
won't have to come down something really steep.
On the other hand, if you want really steep, check
out the Sherwins. Lots of chutes and very steep stuff.
Get there by going up Lake Mary Road, staying off the
groomed trails, and stay to the left following other
tracks up the ridgeline onto the Sherwins. Follow the
ridge as far as you want, watching for good downhill
runs. There are also lots of steep rideable slopes higher
up the Lakes Basin.
Obviously the back country can be a dangerous place.
If you don't know what you are doing, it may hurt you.
The Eastern Sierra has its share of avalanches and bad
winter weather. So go prepared. Let someone know where
you are going.