Less than six hours from Los Angeles in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mammoth, Calif., is a winter sports lover's paradise.
"Most people don't realize that California even has mountains or snow," said Rusty Gregory, chairman and CEO of Mammoth Resort. "And Mammoth, as the name implies, we get big weather here. We have big sunny days and tremendous skiing."
"Living here for a professional skier is basically the crème of the crop," said Chris Benchetler, professional skier and lifelong Mammoth resident. "There's really no place that compares. The weather is unbeatable. You are either going to get a lot of fresh powder or have a lot of really nice sun."
"The other wonderful winter sport here is cross-country skiing," said Pam Murphy, senior vice president of Mammoth Resort. "It's a beautiful opportunity to get out into the forest here at Mammoth. You can just go places where there is no one but you and it's so quiet and peaceful."
"Mammoth is a very small town. Seven thousand people on the weekends and holidays," said Gregory. "We get thirty-five thousand visitors that come up here and share this beautiful environment with us."
Located just 35 minutes from Yosemite National Park, Mammoth actually gets more visitors in the summer than in the winter. "There is some of the best fly-fishing literally in the world in Mammoth, " said Gregory. "People fly from all over the world to catch golden trout on the high Sierra."