Mammoth Mountain Upper Terrain

A Skier's Guide to the Terrain off of the Gondola and Chair 23

 

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Skiing Trees POV Video:
POV Video of skiing the trees off of lift 12 at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

Mammoth Upper Terrain Video:
POV Video of skiing the upper terrain off of lift 23 at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

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Video Tour of Hole In The Wall at Mammoth Mountain CA Ski Resort

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Upper Terrain Description:
Gondola Upper Terrain at Mammoth Mountain

Run: Climax (Double Black)

Lift 23 Upper Terrain at Mammoth Mountain

Lift 23:

  • Viewer left of lift: Dropout Chutes
  • Viewer right of lift: Wipeout Chutes

Lift 23 Upper Terrain at Mammoth Mountain

View from Main Lodge of Paranoid Flats, Philippe's and Kiwi Flats

The upper terrain at Mammoth Mountain off of the Gondola and chair lift 23 is some of the most challenging terrain at the resort. It is very steep and should only be attempted by the most advanced skiers. This terrain is all rated "Double Black Diamond".

Also see our Mammoth Mountain resort guide and review and our back country guide to "Hole in the Wall".

Skyline, Paranoid and Philippe's:
Ski runs: Skyline to Paranoid, Philippe's and Kiwi Flats

Runs: Skyline to Paranoid Flats, Philippe's and Kiwi Flats (double black diamond)

From the top of chair lift 23 take a right and follow the ridge line. There will be a point where you will want to gain some speed to make your way up hill without a climb. At this ridge peak, one can cruise the ridge line to drop in on Paranoid Flats.

Stay left to find the entrance to rock lined Philippe's

Philippe's at Mammoth

Run: Entrance to Philippe's


Panoramic Virtual Tour of the top of Phillipe's Couloir
(Best viewed in full screen mode)

Trail map of the upper terrain of Skyline, Paranoid Flats and Philippe's at Mammoth

Trail map of the upper terrain of Dropout chutes, Wipeout chutes, Skyline, Paranoid Flats and Philippe's Couloir

While the trail map shows Kiwi Flat and Star Chute (also known as Frenchies nicknamed after the challenging line skied by French extreme skier Guerlain Chicherit), there is rarely a simple way in (requires a hike around the rocks) and it is rarely skiable unless hucking a 10 foot drop is your definition of skiable. It is much more friendly on a good snow year which can cover the rocks and fill in the drop at the top. It was skied during the 2000 Gravity Games and the 2002 IFSA Freeride North American Tour.

Ski Videos:

Mammoth upper terrain video:
Skiing Climax, Paranoid Flats and Philippe's at Mammoth Mountain CA.
(Maybe next year we can shoot on a powder day instead of corn snow on ice)

Mammoth Star Chute video:
Low resolution grainy POV video of a run at the Star Chute at Mammoth Mountain CA.

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