As I look out at the snowcapped Sherwin Range and Mammoth Crest—the sweeping ridge that forms part of the rim of the Mammoth Lakes Basin—I’m invigorated by the rugged beauty. Still untouched by skiers, the freshly groomed trails on the mountain sparkle in the sun.
It’s days such as this that convinced me more than a decade ago to move to Mammoth Lakes—a village in the Eastern Sierra Nevada range that is a short plane ride from Los Angeles International Airport. It is an outdoor paradise located at the foot of Mammoth Mountain, California’s highest ski area. With the summit reaching an elevation of 11,053 feet, Mammoth Mountain receives an average of about 400 inches of snow a year. That’s enough powder o ensure skiing into May, and even June in some years.
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