Why not celebrate summer on the slopes?
You might want to hold off on packing away your ski gear, as Mammoth Mountain, California has announced plans to remain open all the way through August. The popular ski resort has experienced record snowfall this year, with a base depth of 120 inches recorded at its Main Lodge as recently as May 26, and a total of 51 feet of snow falling this season—meaning Californians can still be clipping on their skis as the country’s public beaches open for the summer.
The ski resort had initially announced back in February that it would remain open until July 4, but after unprecedented snowfall, it decided to keep the runs operating throughout the summer. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, California’s frozen water supply—or “Sierra Snowpack,” as it’s known—was 173 percent of normal this winter: a good thing for environmentalists worried about the state’s drought problem, but also for ski and snowboarders who’d rather be zipping down a mountain than lighting up the barbecue.
Mammoth, set within the Sierra Nevada mountains at an altitude of 8,000 feet, has long been a favorite among Californians for its long season (even in years with less snowfall), frozen lakes, 3,500 acres of trails, and soft, fresh powder at its many terrain parks. Plus, in true California style—and thanks to its proximity to the southern border—you can pick up a fish taco or spicy burrito at the top of the mountain. In terms of getting there, there are daily flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego on a variety of airlines including United and Alaska Airlines, as well as private flights on JetSuite X for those feeling flush.
Reposted from Conde Nast Traveler