Insider Guide to Mammoth: Glen Plake

Glen Plake, the man, the skiing legend, gives SnowsBest his Insider Guide to MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN in California.

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The original ‘free skier’ Glen Plake is a California native. He pioneered the sport of extreme skiing and is known for his mega mohawk, his flamboyant style and his starring roles in Steep, Higher Ground, Impact, License to Thrill, Blizzard of Aaaahs and other ski films.

He’s been skiing at Mammoth since 1986. This is his Insider Guide.

Why Mammoth

Consistency of snow, reliability of the mountain. It’s the first to open and the last to close and we are committed to extended seasons, when most ski areas close Mammoth is still selling season passes. The Sierra are the most beautiful mountains in our country and there’s always an aspect, an altitude or an activity to do.

Best coffee

Black Velvet by far – the cold brew drip is unique.

Best après

Springtime at Yodler

Best breakfast

I like eating at The Main Lodge, there’s something classic about it.

Special occasion dinner spot

Carson Peak Inn at June Lakes.

Favourite event

The Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation ski weekend fora  great cause.

Secret scenic spot

It’s not really a secret, but Minaret Vista at sunset.

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Secret powder stash

Mammoth’s wind blown is a skiing surface like no other. Unlike powder it doesn’t care if hundred of people have skied on it. Reading the mountain to find where the wind has left is is not a secret but it is a bit of an art. A day with Sierra Mountain Guides off the back of June is also very special.

Favourite local character

Woolly, I guess, he’s always out skiing around!

What can you get at Mammoth you can’t get anywhere else in the world?

California skiing.

If you had to buy one thing to take back with you as a visitor what would it be?

You can’t buy an experience…

Read more Insider Guides from ski resort locals here.

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Rachael is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN Freeskiing, TIME, Powderhound, Sydney Morning Herald, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast and more.
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