Ski groups from Southern California have long known the joys of skiing Mammoth Mountain. It's a 5-hour drive from Los Angeles, but it blows away the skiing in the San Bernardino Mountains and is closer to L.A. than Tahoe. Mammoth is now a whole lot more accessible to everyone too, thanks to daily non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Mammoth via a few carriers currently.
Mammoth Mountain's reputation as a destination ski resort is growing to those beyond Los Angeles too. The mountain offers 3,000+ feet of vertical, 150 trails, 3,500 acres of terrain, 400" of annual snowfall, and over 300 days of sunshine.
Mammoth has also become more of a destination town in its own right, with lots to do off the slopes. There are dozens of restaurants (try Angels for ribs, Roberto's Mexican Cafe for casual Mexican, or upscale Petra's Wine Bar), plenty of nightclubs in town, plus shopping and spa options. You'll find exploring Mammoth much easier if you rent a car. There is free shuttle service to the mountain, but the town is spread out and wasn't designed for pedestrians.
To avoid crowds on the mountain, if you're there on a weekend, head over to the six-pack Cloud Nine Express for a variety of expansive and quality terrain. If the crowds are overwhelming, consider June Mountain, its 20 miles away, has over 2,500 feet of vertical and you can ski with your Mammoth lift ticket.
Mammoth has also joined a growing trend by offering ski camps just for women. These full-service classes are taught by women and take into account ability, free time to ski with friends, and apres-ski activities.
No matter what type of group ski vaction you're taking and now, no matter where you're from, Mammoth is now a destination worth traveling to. Together.