While many visitors to Mammoth Lakes spend their days conquering the slopes at the ski resort, the Ski Back Trail offers a unique way to cap off a day of skiing or snowboarding. This trail allows skiers to bypass the crowded lifts and the need to take an equally crowded shuttle back to the main lodge. Instead, you can glide directly back to the heart of town from the slopes. (skill and weather dependent)
The Ski Back Trail starts at the summit of Mammoth Mountain, near the top of the Panorama Gondola. From here, skiers are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the vast valley below. It's a perfect opportunity to snap some photos and create lasting memories before beginning the descent.
The journey down the Ski Back Trail stretches approximately 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) and offers a mix of challenging sections and more leisurely slopes. While beginners might find some parts a bit steep, intermediate and advanced skiers will revel in the excitement and opportunities for some off-piste exploration.
The trail winds its way through a picturesque alpine landscape, with snow-covered trees and serene winter scenery surrounding you. The tranquility of the surroundings is a refreshing contrast to the bustling ski resort, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
Safety and Preparation
It's essential to be well-prepared before embarking on this adventure. Here are some important tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey:
So, the next time you find yourself wondering how to get back to town, take a break from the usual routine and discover the magic of the Ski Back Trail.
FROM MAIN LODGE:
From High Five Express (Chair 5) & Gold Rush Express (Chair 10)
Ski/ride down Solitude to Easy Rider to Roller Coaster
From Upper Panorama Gondola
Ski/ride down Dave's Run to Solitude to Easy Rider to Roller Coaster
From Face Lift Express (Chair 3)
Ski/ride down Upper Dry Creek and cut over to Solitude to Easy Rider to Roller Coaster Express (Chair 4). Once you get to the lift area, just follow the signs all the way to The Village.
From Canyon Express (Chair 16) & Roller Coaster Express (Chair 4)
Follow the signs from the top of each lift. Please note that these routes include intermediate trails.
From Chair 7 & School Yard Express (Chair 17)
Follow the signs from the top of each lift.
Take Milk Run to Swell and down to Canyon, then follow the instructions for Canyon.
Mary Beth is the owner of Adventure Refined, where she offers true luxury Mammoth Lakes homes to guests. In her spare time she runs a ranch, loves a test pilot, and raises 4 boys & a 4 spoiled rotten dogs.