RAW: Mammoth Mountain opens with 4 lifts, 6 trails,1,500 vertical feet

Skiers and snowboarders took to the hill Thursday morning, Nov. 7, during the first chair banner breakthrough at 8:30 a.m. at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Mammoth claimed a base depth of 12-18 inches of natural and manmade snow, thanks to an early season storm and cold temperatures, which have allowed for pristine snowmaking conditions.

Chairs 1, 3, 6, and 11 are running over 6 trails and covering approximately 1,500 vertical feet.

The Unbound Terrain Parks crew built a jump, a handful of jibs, and a small Playground area in Main Park for the freestylers, while Chair 11 services beginner terrain, giving all abilities a taste of their favorite winter sport.

After the first chair, guests were welcomed by Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory, who spoke about the history of Mammoth and Dave McCoy’s dream.

“Mammoth is about you and that’s the way Dave started it 60 years ago today,” said Gregory.

Typically a champagne toast, this year Mammoth’s Ski Patrol carried a keg down Broadway to the Main Lodge Sundeck, where guests toasted with a celebratory 60th Anniversary beer provided by Mammoth Brewing Company.

In honor of Mammoth’s 60th Anniversary, lift tickets are $60 Thursday, Nov. 7 – Monday, Nov. 11 along with $60 off lodging at any Mammoth property.

In addition, the first 100 guests lined up at Chair 1 skied for free.

The Opening Weekend eekend was to continues with live music by LA Riots and Shiny Toy Guns, movie premieres, parties and more. The concerts are open to ages 21+ and tickets are available online or by calling 800.MAMMOTH.