Now that the USA has officially crossed over into the warm months of Summer, Americans are spending most of their time making sandcastles, not snowballs. Skiing and snowboarding are still half a year away as far as most Americans are concerned… unless you’re making some late June plans to visit Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California. Located in the heart of the Inyo National Forest in Central California, Mammoth Mountain’s claim to fame is that they have been known to keep the slopes open until July 5th, just long enough for die-hard skiers and snowboarders to celebrate Independence Day flying down the slopes in board shorts or a bikini.
Although it doesn’t happen every year, Mammoth Mountain accrued over 41 feet of snow over the winter season, with at least three of those feet gathered in early April, so the resort is planning on staying open as long as the snow is sticking. Chairman and CEO of Mammoth was quoted saying,
With as much snow as we have, out customers would riot if we closed down as early as the other ski resorts. Keeping the mountain open until July 4th is what ‘playing big’ is all about.
Since it’s not guaranteed that every year the mountain will be open this long, this Independence Day is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a super-long ski season with the warm-weather benefits of summer.
Need more convincing? Hardingham-Gill has an entertaining write-up about her experience at Mammoth Mountain over at dailymail, wherein she details her fledgling snowboarding experience with interesting geological assessments of the mountain itself.
Mammoth Mountain can be accessed by air for as little as $69 each way and you can also get discounts on lift-tickets here if you’re looking to book a last-minute trip!