SNOWPLAY IN MAMMOTH LAKES

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PRESENTED BY: MLTPA Staff

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Frolicking and playing in a fresh blanket of powdery snow is a simple winter joy that captures the hearts of both the young and the young at heart. It is an Eastern Sierra rite of passage to jump, fall, roll, and toss fresh snow with glee in celebration of winter and its simple wonders. Snowplay has something for everyone and encompasses a variety of activities, including: making snow angels, building snow people, creating snow sculptures and mazes, engaging in snowball skirmishes, and gravity driven snowplay with sleds, saucers, and tubes.

At its most basic snowplay requires very little snowpack, often just a few inches of snow is all that is needed to have fun in the snow. Snowplay is one of the first and last winter recreation activities people engage in each season. Due to its popularity and long seasonal appeal, the MLTS is seeking input from snowplay stakeholders to better identify, formalize, and enhance the variety of snowplay areas in Mammoth Lakes for both residents and visitors.

The best way to prepare for this presentation is to get out there and play in the snow! Please visit the snowplay sites in the “Trail System Master Plan: Winter Recreation Nodes” and the “Candidate Snowplay Experiences” attachments below and let us know what you think at the Summit. Once you’re done playing in the snow, take a look at the snowplay links and attachments below to further prepare for the presentation. 

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Mammoth Lakes Snowplay Area Candidate Locations

See the identified Mammoth Lakes Trail System snowplay area candidate locations with pros and cons clearly outlined.

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Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan: Winter Recreation Nodes with Map

A list of Mammoth Lakes' winter recreation nodes. This includes locations already used as staging areas and access points to winter recreation activities as well as those with potential for winter recreational use.

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Mammoth Lakes Trail System: Snowplay Website

See all the current snowplay recommendations for the Mammoth Lakes area on Mammothtrails.org.

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California SNO-PARK Website

General information on California state "Sno-Park" permits and locations.

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Guide to Snow Parks in California

A printable (PDF) guide to California State "Sno-Parks".

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Inyo National Forest Winter Sports Website

General US Forest Service information about snowplay and winter sports in the Inyo National Forest.

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EASTERN SIERRA INTERAGENCY WINTER RECREATION MAP - 2016

Download and review the current Winter Recreation Map produced through the partnership of the USFS and the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

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Winter Recreation in the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts Press Release

US Forest Service press release outlining winter recreation safety and regulations in the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts.