We went to mammoth in February 2013 when it had been hit with record snow. The conditions were great, and we hit it mid-week which was fabulous. Generally there were negligible lift lines. Nearly all the trails were open. The setting is beautiful and the main Gondola lift will bring you swiftly to the top of the mountain. There is a huge problem with Mammoth however which makes me hesitant to ever return: At Mammoth, you are forced to listen to loud pop music nearly everywhere. Every lift. Every restaurant, even on the Gondola, where you might expect to have a bit of peace and quiet, you are assaulted by loud pop music which comes from speakers which for some reason have been attached to every Gondola pole.
In the lobby of every on-mountain hotel: Loud music.
On the main part of the mountain, loud pop music is audible from nearly every trail, since it is playing at top volume from the snowboard tricks area.
Mammoth has great potential, but it desperately needs a dose of good taste. Right now it's been destroyed by someone who wants to make it into a shopping mall......
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