When you take a Mammoth ski holiday you’re in one of the world’s great ski areas. The resort has grown over more than 70 years in to one of North America’s biggest, with a long ski season that varies with the abundant snowfall, but can begin in early October and last in to July. But the resort’s real success seems to be down to its spirit, which epitomises all that’s good about winter sports, benefitting too from its west coast US location for a largely laid-back feeling.
Mammoth ski resort’s history is the stuff of legend itself. Founder Dave McCoy secured a loan on his Harley bike in the 1930s in order to buy his first lift. McCoy, who built the resort up over more than 50 years was still in his early 20s then and had already been a Californian state champion skier before a horrific ski accident led to 28 fractures in his leg.
Mammoth today is seeing large scale investment from its new corporate owners who have been upgrading particularly the accommodation at the resort since McCoy’s retirement. A new base village has been rapidly growing with luxury accommodation as well as modern shops and restaurants, although the main hub for shopping and off-slope activities and dining continues to be the town of Mammoth Lakes a few miles from the ski slopes and linked by an efficient shuttle service.