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Top 5 Winter Activities In Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Mountain is cited as one of the most impressive and epic ski destinations in the nation. The alpines are dense, challenging, and gorgeous, offering breathtaking views as visitors glide along its snowy ridges. Outside of skiing and snowboarding, there are an endless number of family-friendly winter activities. Here are five of the favorites!  

1. & 2. Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

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.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Mammoth Lakes
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Mammoth Lakes by Dakota Snider

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.

3. Snowmobiling

Mammoth Lakes is home to over 100 miles of trails that are snowmobile-friendly. Take a once-in-a-lifetime tour with your family with Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures based at Mammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge.

Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures

You and your group will be led by a trained and seasoned guide on entry-level trails. Nothing here will require experience and you will be given a demonstration on steering, shifting gears, and your position on the machine, as well as other information vital to handling the snowmobile. You will also be fitted with a helmet and undergo a prompt safety briefing. The team will cover the popular Mammoth snowmobile trails and what to look out for when you’re riding through the forest. This includes wildlife and incredible views. Snowmobiles allow for a passenger so a parent may ride with their child or a couple may ride together.

Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures by Josh Wray

We suggest arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the departure time. Tours may be cancel or reschedule without warning due to inclement weather.

What to wear

Be sure to dress warm and wear layers. Apply plenty of sunscreen (we recommend wearing at least 50 spf) and drink plenty of water.

Getting there

Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures is located at 10200 Minaret Road, in between the Mammoth Mountain Inn and the Yodler Restaurant and Bar, and across the parking lot from Mammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge. You can take the free bus from your 1849 Mountain Rentals to the Village at Mammoth and then transfer to the red line. Be sure to leave in plenty of time to arrive early.

4. Ice Skating

Skating at the town Mammoth Ice Rink is a popular and affordable family-friendly activity, but it’s the view that will take your breath away! This ice rink boasts 360-degree views of the mountains surrounding Mammoth Lakes. The rink is open from the end of December through February, weather permitting, and rentals are available.

mammoth ice skating || 1849 Condos

5. Woolly’s Tube Park and Snow Play

“Full-on fun” is what you’re bound to have at Woolly’s Tube Park and Snow Play. For years, this attraction has captivated bundled-up visitors. Woolly’s Tube Park and Snow Play is in Mammoth Lakes’ heart and is an exciting adventure for all, complete with snowy rides, snacks, and memories. 

“Full-on fun” is what you’ll have at this winter attraction that has captivated bundled-up visitors for years. Woolly’s Tube Park and Snow Play is in Mammoth Lakes’ heart and is an exciting adventure for all, complete with snowy rides, snacks, and memories. 

Woolly’s Tube Park  

The park has two sections: the tube runs and a snow play area. The tube runs are certainly the most exciting part of the park, both for older kids and adults.

Let the 500-foot lift tow you and your tube to the top of the hill, where you’ll get settled in your vessel and get ready for the ride. Zoom down one of six tube lanes, groomed to perfection for maximum speed. Enjoy a thrilling trip down the hill – be sure to smile wide for any family members trying to catch a photo of you on the way down.

Guests typically ride in their own tube but are tethered together for safety. The most common arrangement is one larger tube for an adult connected to a smaller one for a child going down the hill as a pair. Please note that children must be at least 42 inches tall to ride.  

Photo Credit: Josh Wray

Woolly’s Snow Play

Younger kids will love the Snow Play area, which offers a big play site full of winter activities. Slide down mini-hills in smaller tubes or ride the snowy Merry-Go-Round. Kids of all ages can enjoy a snowman-building area. Snow makes the perfect canvas for kids’ imaginations.

If you need to warm up, there is a heated deck and a snack bar adjacent to the Snow Play area. Here, you can relax with some cocoa, food options, and even a beer. You also aren’t far from our slopeside rentals, making Woolly’s a convenient and accessible trip.

Photo Credit: Josh Wray

Woolly’s Tube Park and Snow Play Details

The park is open every day. The entrance fee includes a tow clip to get to the top and a tube to make your way back down. Occasionally, the park will offer special events at night.Purchase Tickets

How to Get to Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play

how to get woolly's snowpark mammoth mountain

The free bus stops right in front of all 1849 Mountain Rentals. If you stay at Snowbird Condos, walk across the parking lot to the Canyon Lodge bus stop. If you stay at 1849 Condos or Sierra Megeve, the bus stop is located on Lakeview Boulevard directly across from the 1849 Mountain Rentals office. Disembark at the Village at Mammoth, walk through the Village and cross Lake Mary Road to bus stop 18. Here you’ll catch the red line to Main Lodge. Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play is at stop 19. Pick up a free transit map in the 1849 Mountain Rentals office lobby.

Looking For Truly Unique? Ice Climb, Helicopter Or Snowcat Tour!

Get ready to cross off some bucket list items this winter. Mammoth Lakes has 5 truly unique offerings – ice climbing tours, helicopter tours, backcountry tours, snowcat tours, and guided winter fishing. Each have options for children too! Read more about each of these tours in our latest blog.

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1849 Mountain Rentals is the perfect place to stay if you want to stay close and play close to mountain activities. Our condos provide a relaxing atmosphere with spacious layouts your friends and family will enjoy.

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