Mammoth Lakes Voted Best Ski Town in North America

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan

We all know that Mammoth Lakes in California’s Eastern Sierra is an outdoor utopia unlike anywhere else in America. Now, the rest of American knows it too.

The town of Mammoth Lakes has been voted the “Best Ski Town” in North America in the 2022 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest. The town was one of 20 nominated North American mountain towns chosen by an expert panel which included a combination of editors from USA TODAY and, relevant expert contributors, and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.

After four weeks of public voting, Mammoth Lakes came out on top, named the “Best Ski Town” of 2022. The top ten included:

  1. Mammoth Lakes
  2. Banff
  3. North Conway
  4. Stowe
  5. Banner Elk
  6. Park City
  7. Jackson Hole
  8. Telluride
  9. Aspen
  10. Ketchum

“This impressive honor further reinforces Mammoth Lakes as the country’s premier mountain destination,” said John Urdi, Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s Executive Director. “With prime snow conditions extending well into the spring months, the world-famous Mammoth Mountain ski resort, miles of snowy terrain to explore, and endless family-friendly winter activities, Mammoth Lakes sets the standard for all mountain ski towns. Mammoth Lakes is accessible with air service from hundreds of cities across the country, making it easier than ever to access.”

Mammoth’s draw among winter sports enthusiasts can be attributed to four words: A lot of snow. There’s a reason why Mammoth records humongous snowfall totals every winter, especially compared to its Sierra Nevada brethren. The mountains surrounding Mammoth Lakes act like a sponge, absorbing the water on one end and dumping it onto the ski resort on the other. Basically, because weather moves southeast into California, Mammoth always sees some of the white gold when the storm hits, even if it’s much stronger to the north.

Here’s a fun video about the science behind it:

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