Mammoth Mountain, located on the side of an ancient volcano caldera in the Eastern Sierras of California, has long been legendary amongst snowboarders. The resort is well known for its great snow records, fast modern lift systems and its habit of producing the greatest terrain parks in the world. Investment into a new village has brought centralised modern hotels, bars, shops and the village gondola that whisks you up to Canyon Lodge ski area. With the recent update to the Mammoth airport and the introduction of cheap flight packages, a resort that was five hours’ drive north from LA has become that bit more accessible to international tourism.
After a rocky year - the local council filed for bankruptcy in July 2012 - mammoth seems to have weathered the storm, and its sister resort of June Mountain will be re-opening after a season off. It's a safe bet that the Mammoth freestyle set-up will continue to lead the world, and with its numerous open bowls, cliffs and couloirs, a visit to this original Californian shred mecca remains a must for the bucket list.
Did you know?
The local Hot Creek hydrothermal vent is so hot, you could boil your Thanksgiving turkey in it – that is if you like your meat a little sulphury and stinking of rotten eggs.