One of the many improvements will be to continue the terrain park art-inspired features.

One of the many improvements will be to add onto the terrain park's art-inspired features. Photo: Marlene Greer

Mammoth Mountain, the California ski resort famous for its world-renown terrain park and late-season snow, recently announced some improvement to make a great mountain even better. Here’s the news from Mammoth:

Mammoth Improvements

1. More Air Time With New and Expanded Daily Air Service -Visitors yearning to take advantage of the fresh powder will now have even more ways to get to the slopes with new daily air service from San Diego and Orange County and additional options from San Francisco. Los Angeles and San Jose round out air service options.

2. Less Chair Time With New High-Speed Quad – Mammoth Mountain is installing a new Doppelmayr high-speed quad chairlift to replace the Chair 5 fixed-grip 3-seater. The new lift will whisk 2,400 people per hour uphill (600 more people per hour than the old chair) and will cut ride time in half. The chair will also be better positioned to provide improved access to more terrain on one of the mountain’s highest access points and most popular locales. Sixty-eight total chairs will carry skiers up 1,066 vertical feet and a slope length of 3,160 feet.

3. Resort 2.0: Less Waiting, More Saving With RFID Lift Pass – Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and Axcess International Inc. have entered a partnership to install the largest RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) gate system for ski resorts in North America. By enabling preloading and reloading lift passes on the card, skiers and boarders will skip waiting in line to purchase tickets and head directly to the slopes. Access through gates will also mean less time in lift lines.

4. More in Store for #1 Rated Terrain Park – Unbound, rated the top terrain park in North America by SKI Magazine, continues to evolve with enhancements to half pipes at Main and Canyon Lodges plus the return of the Art Park with Jamie Lynn as the featured artist. Resort partners Monster Energy and Oakley will also be creating their own unique terrain features and the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and West Coast Invitational will highlight the event lineup bringing activities and music to Mammoth throughout the season.

5. Mammoth Dining Redefined With Levy Restaurants Partnership – After teaming up to introduce the first ever “Roving Mammoth” burrito snowcat last season, Mammoth Mountain and Levy Restaurants will now expand their relationship for an industry-unique, resort-wide taste experience both on and off the slopes. Levy is an award-winning company known for its large-scale culinary venues in Southern California as well as some of the finest restaurants in Chicago including the James Beard-winning Spiaggia and Bistro 110.