There’s a reason why Mammoth Lakes continues to be a popular destination among RV campers, even in the wintertime.
Mammoth Lakes is not just one of the few campgrounds available for visitors and cold-weather campers during winter, it also offers a wealth of fun outdoor activities you can do with your friends and family, whether you’d want a quick tumble in the snow or if you’d like to explore the beautiful snow-covered backcountry on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles.
Here are some of the most popular activities you can do at Mammoth Lakes this winter season:
Cross Country & Nordic Skiing
Bust out your skis and feel the crisp mountain air in your lungs as you glide cross-country across the winter wonderland surrounding the town of Mammoth Lakes.
You can even rent a pair on your next RV trip if you’d want to give skiing a go. Mammoth Lakes has the most awesome winter-time views, with seemingly endless acres of public land to explore on skis.
Take the cross country track that winds throughout Mammoth Lakes and into the expanse of Inyo National Forest for an awesome skiing adventure!
Ice Skating, Tubing, and Sledding
Got your skates and your sled with you in the RV? Mammoth Lakes has a lot of open ground for wintertime snow play for the whole family.
Top choices include the Mammoth Ice Rink (which offers ice skating classes for all levels, as well as skate rentals) and Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play (for a quick zip down the hill without worrying about the walk back to the top).
Mammoth Lakes also has a good number of public snow play areas where you can do some exploring on your own, while sledding and tubing along the way.
Just because Mammoth Lakes is a premier destination for winter activities doesn’t mean you have to stay outdoors to have fun.
You should also visit the Eleven53 Interpretive Center, so named because it is perched 11,053 feet above sea level, giving you some of the breathtaking and unforgettable 360-degree views in North America.
Other great places to visit include the Mammoth Rock n’ Bowl entertainment complex, the Snowcreek Athletic Club for its trampolines, and the Minaret Cinemas, home of the annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (which is traditionally held in May).
Another popular activity around wintertime is snowboarding, and Mammoth Lakes has some great spots whether you’re a beginner and just starting out in the sport, or a more seasoned snowboarder out to conquer some of the more challenging trails nearby.
For a more relaxed, more comfortable tour of the Eastern Sierras, take a ride in one of Mammoth Mountain’s very own snowcats. Each snowcat holds up to 12 people, which makes it great for smaller, intimate groups.
You can then explore the surrounding snow-draped countryside in luxury and heated comfort. There are two kinds of tours: the Midday Tour and the Après Ski Tour, both of which take you to Minaret Vista, where you can get the most spectacular views of Mammoth Lakes’ signature skyline.
Midday tours depart from Mammoth Mountain Inn at 11:30 am. These tours include snacks of fresh fruit, cheese, and charcuterie. Kids can enjoy a waffle sundae and hot cocoa.
Meanwhile, the Après Ski Tour departs from Mammoth Mountain Inn at 3 pm. These tours also include chocolate-covered strawberries, a charcuterie board and a glass of wine plus waffle sundaes and hot cocoa for the kids.
For more information on these Snowcat tours, call 800-626-6684 to make your reservation, or visit the official website for more details.
Itching to explore the backcountry on a motorized vehicle? A well-tuned snowmobile will get you far, allowing you to speed through pine forests and vast expanses of snow-covered countryside.
Mammoth Lakes has trails groomed and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, and if that isn’t enough for you, you’ve got 150,000 acres of public land on the Inyo National Forest that are open to snowmobiles.
Whether you’re bringing your own snowmobile or renting one for the day, be sure to stop by the Welcome Center for more information, weather advisories, and other important safety updates.
A more relaxed, more family-friendly activity, snowshoeing around Mammoth Lakes allows you to experience the serenity of nature anywhere your legs can take you.
There is free public access to more than 140 miles (225 km) of track that winds throughout Mammoth Lakes and into the expanse of the Inyo National Forest. There are also groomed trails that are accessible behind the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and Shady Rest Park. You’ll be sharing these trails with skiers, so keep away from the designated tracks as a courtesy (and for safety).
A Final Word on Winter Activities Around Mammoth Lakes
Nothing beats Mammoth Lakes for the sheer variety of things to do in the wintertime. In fact, you don’t even have to own any gear– the town has shops where you can either purchase your own or rent the appropriate equipment you’ll need during your stay.
We urge you to always plan ahead, paying particularly close attention to weather updates and other last-minute safety advisories. Check-in with the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, which you can call locally at 760-924-5500 or toll-free via 888-466-2666.