Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Mammoth Lakes

When exploring what to do off-the-mountain, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are two family-friendly and accessible activities. What really makes these sports special is the ability to access quiet and often unseen majestic mountain landscapes. Luckily, Mammoth Lakes is home to a world-class and renown cross-country ski and snowshoe center and over 150 miles of trail.

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center By Dakota Snider

When starting out, we recommend beginning your snowshoeing and cross-skiing adventures at Tamarack Cross-County Ski Center in Mammoth Lakes to understand the sport you choose, get a sense of the area and to experience these one-of-a-kind trails and VIEWS! The center has over 19 miles of groomed track weaving in and around the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Tamarack provides services for beginners to experts. Equipment rentals, lessons, programs, and clinics are available at Tamarack, as well as events and races.

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center is open daily and offers discounts to military and Ikon pass holders.

Minaret Vista

Snowshoeing in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Minaret Vista by Josh Wray

Now that you have your bearings and your snowshoe or cross-country skiing legs, it’s time to explore some of the 150 miles of trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. One trail that represents the caliber of the offering in the area is the Minaret Vista trail. This climb may be a bit taxing, but the spectacular views are worth it. Once you are at the top, you will feel like you are on top of the world as you overlook Mammoth Lakes’ signature skyline – the Minarets, Mammoth Mountain, and Mammoth Lakes. This trail is 5 miles round-trip (about 3-4 hours), so be prepared by wearing layers of clothing and ample sunscreen, and bringing snacks, and water.

For a full list of trails and how to get them, go to or visit the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, a designated California Welcome Center.

Tips for Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

  1. Take a lesson
  2. Dress in layers to keep warm and dry. Keep in mind that you’ll begin to get hot once you start moving.
  3. Wear a high SPF to avoid sunburn at this altitude
  4. Bring ample snacks and water
  5. Rent your gear to see what you like before you buy. There are plenty of retail and rental places to choose from in Mammoth Lakes. Check out them all.

Plan Your Visit

1849 Mountain Rentals are the perfect place to relax after an exciting day of playing in the mountains! Book your getaway today.

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