For snow lovers looking to catch the first tracks of 2020 at Mammoth Mountain, January and February offer a plethora of winter activities in Mammoth Lakes, California. Experience all the outdoor fun followed by relaxation and refueling at the popular Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa, conveniently located in the heart of the charming mountain town.
While Mammoth is notorious for its consistently deep snowfall, last year the month of January was dubbed “Janu-bury” by ski resort operators with amazing conditions for skiers and snowboarders – and the Mammoth summit is already boasting more than 10 feet of the white stuff. In addition to world-class Mammoth skiing, Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierra offers a variety of fun and family-friendly winter activities. Coupled with a stay at the family- and pet-friendly Sierra Nevada Resort, getting a fresh start to the new year with a California getaway is easier than ever.
At the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa, the accommodations are amenity-packed and affordable with lodge rooms starting at $149/night for a winter stay. The resort’s 560-square-foot Fireplace Suites – which include a stone fireplace, resort-style kitchen and luxurious bathroom with soaking tub and heated floors – start at $209 per night, and 3-bedroom chalets with full kitchens start from $799. (All rates based on availability; taxes and fees not included.)
Aside from skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain with its 3,500 skiable acres and 150 skiable trails of varying levels to enjoy, snow enthusiasts can experience the winter scene in Mammoth in many ways in January and February.
On January 10, guests can enjoy Friday free ice-skating night at the Mammoth Ice Rink, which includes free admission and rentals from 7 - 10 p.m. Speaking of free, each Saturday families can bring their little ones to Woolly’s Parade, a must-attend kids event for all ages, featuring Mammoth Mountain’s mammoth mascot and friends from the Ski & Snowboard School with a dance party, face-painting, hot chocolate and a parade through the Village Plaza.
Meanwhile on January 13 the Tamarack XC Ski Center gives skate skiers the opportunity to take part in the Lakes Basin 15km race. The race invites everyone to participate, offering the 15km race for adults, 5km for juniors (ages 11-17) and 2km for youth (10 and under); racing begins at 10 a.m.
Then on January 29, 30 and 31, Mammoth Mountain hosts the Land Rover U.S. Snowboard & Freeski Grand Prix featuring the best of the best skiers and snowboarders competing in the Unbound Main Park and 22-foot halfpipe in slopestyle and halfpipe events. Guests can check out this nationally televised exciting contest up close with prime viewing from Main Lodge, with events taking place 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
And February has no shortage of excitement either. Starting with the U.S. Revolution Tour, showcasing the top amateur riders (ages 13 -19) competing in the Unbound's famed Main Park and 22-foot halfpipe taking place at Mammoth Mountain February 4 – 9.
The following week, the Future’s Tour debuts in Mammoth February 10 – 13, with slopestyle and halfpipe events that offer an improved and extended athlete development pipeline for young skiers and riders. Guests can check out the tour action at Unbound's Main Park to witness these up-and-coming athletic stars in this first-year event.
Also this February, for some indoor excitement, the Sierra Nevada Resort is proud to be one of the hosts for the Mammoth Film Festival, returning to Mammoth for its third year February 27 – March 2. The five days of special events celebrate the magic of creation on screen through filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work, all with beautiful Mammoth Lakes serving as the backdrop.
With daily nonstop United Airlines flights from Denver, L.A. and San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes this winter, many travelers can get out of the city and into the scenic snowy mountains in just a couple of hours. Making it all the easier and more affordable, the Sierra Nevada Resort also offers complimentary airport transportation for its guests. And for those driving to the resort, parking is always free. Sierra Nevada Resort guests can also can enjoy convenient dining at one of the three on-site restaurants, including Jimmy’s Taverna, offering fresh seafood and Greek cuisine, and Rafters Restaurant & Lounge with modern, casual American fare, including special kids menu dinner options all priced under $10.