Mammoth Mountain Ski Area celebrates 60th anniversary in 2013-14

Mammoth Ski Area, on the eastern slope of the Sierra, celebrates its 60th anniversary for the 2013-14 ski season.

It was founded by a hydrographer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, who noticed that Mammoth Mountain consistently held more snow than other mountains.

Mammoth’s average snowfall is more than 400 inches (33 feet), and it has 300 average sunny days. The season lasts until June.

In 1953, the United States Forest Service awarded a permit to operate the ski area. The first ski lift was built in 1955.

Mammoth has grown to 29 chairlifts, including three gondolas, with 150 named trails. It’s terrain is 15 percent expert, 20 percent advanced, 40 percent intermediate and 25 percent beginner.

Mammoth Brewing Co., the Mammoth Lakes craft beer brewery launched in 1995, is producing a 1953 60th anniversary Red Ale to celebrate the occasion.

Dining in Mammoth Village includes Campo Mammoth, Sushi Rei, Ben & Jerry’s and Petra’s, as well as the Mammoth Brewing Company Tasting Room. Campo Mammoth is run by Mark Estee, founder of Burger Me, Moody’s Bistro in Truckee and Campo in Reno.

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