Mammoth Mountain is one of those mountains that sets the bar high on just about everything they do. The jumps and half-pipe are massive, there is a huge vertical drop, and the terrain ranges from cornice drops to tree-runs. After being hurt badly a few times in the past I usually stay away from the bigger features in the terrain parks. There are a lot of other amazing areas of the mountain to explore besides the park. Some of my favorites locations of Mammoth Mountain are around Chair 14 and Dragons Tail.

GETTING THERE: Your best bet is to drive to Mammoth Mountain. Make a road trip out of the journey and stop-by and check out places such as: Joshua Tree, Death Valley, or Mono Lake. There are flights a few times a week, but they tend to be expensive, and plus you will still need a car when you get to the mountain.

DO THIS: When your day of snowboarding/skiing has come to an end hop in your car and drive to the Mammoth Hot Creek. There are a number of thermal hot springs about 20 minutes outside of town that are better than any jacuzzi you could ever find.