United non-stop from San Diego & Orange County 
United makes it official: non-stop winter flights from San Diego, Orange County and expanded service from SFO

September 20, 2011
By Mammoth Times Staff

United Airlines on Tuesday did what it said it would do.

That is, the airline announced that it would make a commitment to Mammoth beyond one daily flight from San Francisco.

In addition, the airline tweaked its schedule with SFO in the hopes that it could alleviate a turnback/cancellation rate of over 30 percent last season.

No longer will the jets have to land in the dark and take off from Mammoth in the dark. Rather, the flights have been moved up to earlier in the day

But the big news comes from Down South.

In the coming ski season, United will offer San Diego and Orange County residents access to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. United is also expanding service from San Francisco International Airport to Mammoth Lakes with a second flight from Friday – Monday.

The new flights will depart daily throughout the winter from San Diego and four days per week from Orange County (Friday - Monday). In addition, air service to and from San Francisco now includes additional Friday - Monday flight service to complement the daily flight service already in existence.

United Express regional partner SkyWest Airlines will operate the flights using 66-seat CRJ700 regional jets which include six first-class and 60 economy seats per plane. The first flights of the season are scheduled to depart Thursday, December 15, from San Francisco and San Diego and Friday, December 16 from Orange County.

The service from the two new markets of San Diego and Orange County has been long-awaited by Mammoth’s many customers in these areas.

"The new service will allow fans of Mammoth in San Diego and Orange County to spend less time in their car and more time on the slopes with the ability to get to Mammoth Mountain in about an hour,” said Howard Pickett, Chief Marketing Officer of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, in a press release.

“The additional flight from San Francisco will greatly benefit out-of-state visitors by providing an additional connection for even easier access to Mammoth through United’s San Francisco hub.”

Mammoth Yosemite Airport also receives year-round flights from Los Angeles and winter seasonal flights from San Jose through Alaska Airlines.

The new schedule looks like this:

Alaska Airlines - 800-547-9308

Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes
AS 2196 departs LAX at 4:45 p.m. and
arrives MMH at 5:55 p.m.

Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles
AS 2199 departs MMH 6:25 p.m. and
arrives LAX at 7:39 p.m.

Winter Air Schedule (Flights Begin December 15, 2011)

United Airlines flights - 800-864-8331

San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes
Departs SFO at 2:05 p.m. and arrives MMH at 3:06 p.m.
Friday - Monday
Departs SFO at 10:40 a.m. and arrives MMH at 11:41 a.m.

Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco
Departs MMH at 9:37 a.m. and arrives SFO at 10:45 a.m.
Friday - Monday
Departs MMH at 4:20 p.m. and arrives SFO at 5:28 p.m.

United Airlines flights - 800-864-8331

San Diego to Mammoth Lakes
Departs SAN at 7:40 a.m. and arrives MMH at 9:04 a.m.

Mammoth Lakes to San Diego
Departs MMH at 3:41 p.m. and arrives SAN at 5:08 p.m.

United Airlines flights - 800-864-8331

Orange County/John Wayne to Mammoth Lakes
Friday - Monday
Departs SNA at 2:30 p.m. and arrives MMH at 3:49 p.m.

Mammoth Lakes to Orange County/John Wayne
Friday - Monday
Departs MMH at 12:15 p.m. and arrives SNA at 1:36 p.m

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Update from National Parks Service  
Operating Hours & Seasons

For details visit http://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/hours.htm


Plows have made it all the way down the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Road. Engineering and fire crews are currently working to clear the road of debris, rockfall and other hazards. Due to excessive snow, water, and other hazards, the opening date has been postponed to June 29, 2011


Monument opening date has been postponed to June 29, 2011. You can also check for updates on our Facebook page or Twitter feeds.

The monument is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the operating season which is typically mid-June through mid-October. The Ranger Station is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

The Reds Meadow Shuttle bus will begin operations June 29, 2011.

Visitors not meeting one of the exceptions must ride the shuttle bus. The tentative schedule for the 2011 season is as follows:

•7:15am – 8:15am once an hour
•9:00am – 5:00pm every 15 – 20 minutes
•5:00pm – 7:00pm every 30 minutes.


Spring is not generally a long season in the Sierra. At Devils Postpile, it is the time that the meadows flood, the rivers swell, and everyone waits for roads to clear. Depending on the year, winter can hold on into June, dropping snow on nearby Mammoth Mountain until Fourth of July. But other years, the shooting stars start to bloom in early June, just as the water recedes from the meadows. Visitors in early June should check conditions often as road closures due to weather are not uncommon and typically opening dates are uncertain.


When the monument opens in mid-June, visitors can expect a relatively quiet experience with uncrowded trails, maybe a snow patch or two, and amazing water flows at both Rainbow Falls and Minaret Falls until Fourth of July weekend. After that, although the waterfalls are still full, so, too are park trails, overlooks, and shuttle buses. The mandatory Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow shuttle bus typically begins operations the second week in June (weather permitting) and runs through the Wednesday after Labor Day, which is considered the end of the summer season. In August, crowds peak, campgrounds are typically full during the weekends, and stream flows in the waterfalls diminish significantly. Although Rainbow Falls flows year round, it is most impressive in June and July. August, however, is typically the warmest month and the odds of good weather are in your favor. In 2010, however, it snowed at Devils Postpile the last week in August, so be prepared!


Fall is a beautiful time to be in the monument, but the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Generally, days are warm and nights are cold through early October. Blue skies prevail, but winter storms are not far away. Visitors in September and October will enjoy relatively uncrowded trails and facilities and fall color that typically peaks in early October. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather, particularly if visiting in October. The ranger station and campground are usually open through Columbus Day weekend, weather permitting. The monument is scheduled to be open every year until October 31, however, winter storms tend to move this closing date up most years. Temporary closures due to weather are not uncommon in the fall. If you catch it on the right day, however, there is nothing better than a cool fall breeze rustling the aspen and cottonwood trees along the San Joaquin River.


This may seem an odd time of year to visit Devils Postpile since the road is closed and the only access is by ski or snowshoe. But winter use is growing and the Reds Meadow Valley is a beautiful and wild place in this season. Trips into the Reds Meadow Valley are not for novice backcountry travelers. No facilities exist in the winter and the only way out of the valley is to climb the 1500+ feet back to the Minaret Vista. For the experienced backcountry traveler, however, many great adventures await. Make sure you have a solid knowledge of winter travel and basic avalanche safety equipment before journeying into the valley. Check with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for current avalanche conditions, plan ahead, and it is best to not travel alone.

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4 flights a day to Mammoth next winter 
Mammoth Times
June 17, 2011
By George Shirk, Times Senior Writer


Ready to have 50,000 people land on your front porch?


Under plans announced this week, Mammoth’s airport next winter will handle four flights a day, seven days a week. It will also handle seven flights a day on the busy Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday weekends.

Moreover, the airport will serve travelers from San Diego and Orange County for the first time, fulfilling the wishes of Mammoth-loving SoCals who found the trip to Los Angeles International as irritating as the six-eight-hour drive up here.

“We pretty much have all the contracts in place,” said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Howard Pickett, the director of marketing.

Pickett made his announcement at the Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting on Wednesday. He was at the meeting to protect the new semi-permanent visitor structure at the airport from the brutal budget cuts in which the council was engaged.

“Certainly by next winter it will be mandatory that we have that structure,” he said.

“We’ll have 50,000 visitors going through the airport, and the airport will be the first impression and last impression they’ll have of Mammoth.”

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Tioga Pass Status 
Yosemite News Release
June 15, 2011

Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park
Visitors urged to take safety precautions while traveling on road.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the Tioga Road will open for the season on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.

There are several no-stopping zones along the road, which are clearly marked with road signs.

Due to the heavy snowpack this past winter (199% of normal) and a cool spring, there is still several feet of snow in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Hiking opportunities are extremely limited and visitors are urged to use extreme caution in the area. Additionally, ice is prevalent throughout the area and stream crossings are treacherous.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed. There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time.

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Mammoth Mountain Seagulls 
Our Mammoth Mountain seagulls.

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