Mammoth Mountain, California

This aptly-named mountain lives up to the promise of its moniker, with 3,500 skiable acres and over 150 trails – and even more that aren’t named. As such, it caters to just about every skier and snowboarder. Beginners benefit from copious classes, intro-level terrain parks and a good cache of green runs.  Those assets complement a host of on-mountain amenities like shopping, movies and a plethora of restaurants to keep families entertained longer than their vacation will allow. Experts can also push their limits here, with 25 percent of the mountain rated for advanced and expert skiers and riders. Freeskiers, boarders and tricksters can also get their fill of gravity-defying stunts across several terrain parks, including a massive 22-foot superpipe.

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