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What to Do When You’re Not Going Skiing

Mammoth Mountain is often cited as one of the most impressive and epic ski destinations in the entire country. The alpines are dense, challenging, and gorgeous, offering breathtaking views as visitors glide along its snowy tops.

But what happens if you don’t like to ski? What do you do if you can’t stand straight on a snowboard?

You might think you are out of luck and you are better off at the beach. But you are going to miss out big time! Even you can enjoy this majestic place.

We look at the top 5 snow activities besides skiing or snowboarding which you can partake in on your upcoming Mammoth getaway.

We look at the top 5 snow activities besides skiing or snowboarding which you can partake in on your upcoming Mammoth getaway.

Snowshoeing

If you don’t want to ski and you don’t like snowboards, you can always go for a far easier snow activity- snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing is extremely easy. Once used solely as a mode of transportation during the winter, it has evolved into a popular entry-level recreational activity. It is easy for all ages and the gear required is inexpensive. It requires little more than a wide walk as you make your way through the snow. It is a very popular family activity, as someone any age can make their way through the snow without having to slide down slopes on a small board or two.

Trails

You can use snowshoes to wander through the Mammoth trail ways. There are special guided tours through the trails you can go on, such as the full moon tours which depart from the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. These tours take you to some isolated havens in the mountains under the safe guidance of a local expert. You can enjoy unimpeded views of the glorious full moon.

There are also looser tours led by a U.S. Forest Service volunteer naturalist late in the season. You can receive information about the foliage, animals, and more. These tours are more popular for families.

We strongly advise you to always use a guide when you traverse the trails. Follow on signed postage and don’t head any further than you feel comfortable. This is the safest and best way to enjoy Mammoths outdoors.

Winter Fishing

Mammoth offers year-round fishing in select areas. You are bound to hit the snowy shores of one of three areas open during the winter. Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River are both within 10 miles of Mammoth. East Walker River is more ambitious and sits about 45 miles north of the town.

All three locations are open year-round for winter fishing. It is one of the more fascinating and challenging winter activities. The hours are officially one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Night fishing is not allowed in most locations. Year-round fishing in these locations are restricted to catch-and-release only (this does not apply to in-season fishing).

You can really go all out for rainbow trout. These famous fish make some of the most exciting and memorable winter fishing in the country.

Go Ice Skating

Not interested in skiing or snowboarding? Try ice skating!

We recommend heading over to the Mammoth Ice Rink in town from November through late February. Every year, people of all ages come to skate on the rink for family fun. Skating is a simple activity that makes a perfect complement to skiing Mammoth Mountain. There are even plans to begin construction on a new rink in May 2019 to extend the skating season. We’ll keep you posted.

If you don’t enjoy the more active winter sports, there’s no activity better than making snow angels.

Make Snow Angels

Find a spot outside your vacation rental. Bring your camera phone. Let the kids loose.

If you don’t enjoy the more active winter sports, there’s no activity better than making snow angels. It’s fun, it’s creative, and it doesn’t require equipment, money, or time.

Stay at one of our Mammoth vacation rentals and enjoy all the sights and sounds of this leading snowy escape. While the snowboard enthusiasts in your crew hit the slopes and the skiing experts make their way to the lodge, you can enjoy these above snowbound activities at your speed. Contact us for more details about any of our rentals.

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Mammoth Lakes,
California USA 93546
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