The West Coast is embracing winter. Saturday, November 9, marked opening day in California, as Mammoth Mountain became the first Ikon Pass destination in the west to start churning the chairlifts.

Last year, Mammoth received record snowfall throughout the season, allowing it to stay open into early August. After closing it’s winter operations for only three months, it’s back in action, ready to welcome the 19/20 season.

Consistent with years past – and a treasured tradition at Mammoth – people camped out overnight to score that elusive first chair on opening day. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders made it out on Saturday morning to celebrate, and watch Mammoth’s mascot break through the banner on his first run.


Mammoth opened for early season skiing and riding with a select number of advanced-level trails (no beginner terrain is available at this time). As the season progresses and conditions allow, the resort will continue to lay down snow and expand terrain. So expect even more of California’s best skiing in the coming weeks.

Snowmaking at Mammoth Mountain in preparation for opening day in California

Not ready to hit the mountain yet? Find inspiration from fellow skiers and riders who made it out to Mammoth this weekend for opening day in California. Plus, check out other opening day festivities taking places around the world in places like Colorado, Vermont, Canada, and Europe. And feel free to share your opening day experiences with us. You could be featured on our blog or in our social channels.