While we really love the long distance tours we know that not everyone can get a week off work. So we offer this as a short weekend tour to get you a taste of what it is all about and hope that this will whet your appetite for longer trips. The skiing is straightforward and really has one short uphill, some flat and a long steady downhill. Overall you climb about 1000 feet and then get a 3000 foot downhill.
How many times can you do that?
We strongly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night or two in Mammoth or camped at the trailhead campground would do the trick.
SMC does not rent ski equipment, but we work with Mammoth Mountaineering (760-934-4191) to get you set up on the correct equipment. MMS has a very wide range of rental equipment that is probably the best you will find anywhere in California. All gear is current state of the art, well tuned and rental fees are deductible if you buy a set up from them. (We highly recommend renting before you buy so as to find what suits you best, since a full setup is pretty pricey). We can coordinate the rental and suggest that if you can you arrive Mammoth the night before and get fully set up since boot fitting can take some time.