Mammoth Mountain

Project Details
LocationMammoth Lakes, California USA
ClientMammoth Mountain Ski Area
Master Plan Completed1997, 2007
Project StatusOngoing
Services Rendered Detailed Site Planning
Resort Business Consulting
Resort Master Planning
Ski Area Design

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, CA was developed by one of the leading pioneers of the American ski industry, Mr. Dave McCoy and his wife Roma. Under Dave’s guidance, Mammoth grew to be the largest, most-frequented ski area in the United States. In 1996 it was time to look at the future for the next generation and Ecosign was hired to prepare a new Master Plan for Mammoth Mountain to set down Dave’s vision for future generations.

At the time, Mammoth was one of North America’s largest ski areas with a two-section bi-cable gondola and 36 fixed grip chairlifts. The challenge at Mammoth was how to completely renovate and update the facilities at Mammoth applying new lift, snowmaking and grooming technologies. The resulting plans called for a substantial reduction in the overall number of lifts to achieve operating efficiencies, while at the same time improving the guests’ comfort, safety and experience and adding capacity. The Ecosign Master Plan, completed in 1997, was implemented by the new Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rusty Gregory in short order with the installation of seven new detachable-grip chairlifts, a new two-section, 8-passenger gondola from the Main Lodge to Mid Chalet and to the Summit and a new 15 passenger gondola from the new North Village to the Canyon Lodge. Skier Services were not overlooked and the Canyon and Mid-Chalet underwent extensive renovations to provide first-rate services for skiers and snowboarders. In Bound Terrain Park was also implemented.

In 2004, Mammoth Mountain requested that Ecosign prepare two village concepts for the Main Base area and provide staging facilities for approximately 7,500 skiers.  Additionally, they wished to have a total of 2,000 pillows of tourist accommodation units located in the Main Base Area, as well as a location for approximately 250 employee beds.    The new village development plan is comprised of nine new buildings, including a three level parking structure, approximately 550 new overnight accommodation units (2,000 beds), a new Day Lodge, a 12,000 square foot Conference Facility, a new dedicated Children & Adult ski school & Race Centre Facility, a pedestrian oriented commercial/retail street and employee housing.

In 2007, Ecosign prepared a new Master Development Plan to guide the development of skiing and year-round recreational facilities at Mammoth to meet the steadily growing need for quality year-round recreational facilities at the resort.