1849 Mountain Rentals

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Mammoth Lakes

Two of the best winter activities to try in Mammoth Lakes are snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These two sports are family-friendly, and you get to take in the majestic mountain landscape in a quiet setting. Mammoth Lakes is home to a world-class center cross-country ski and snowshoe center and over 150 miles of trail.

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center

Cross-Country Skiing in Mammoth Lakes
Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center

First, plan a visit to Tamarack Cross-County Ski Center in Mammoth Lakes. This center has terrain and services for beginners to experts of both sports. This center boasts one of the most beautiful trail systems in North America and has over 19 miles of groomed track weaving in and around the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

Equipment rentals, lessons, programs, and clinics are available. The center also hosts events and races throughout the winter season.

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. 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’s signature skyline – the Minarets, Mammoth Mountain, and Mammoth Lakes. This trail is 5 miles round-trip (about 3-4 hours), so be prepared with layers of clothing, snacks, ample water, and sunscreen.

For a full list of trails and how to get there, go to MammothTrails.org 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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826 Lakeview Blvd (POB 835)
Mammoth Lakes, California


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