Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center is scheduled to open November 17 for the 2018/19 season. We'll see you in the tracks.

Set Out for Adventure

Leave it all behind and explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin on snowshoes or Nordic skis. Rentals, lessons and guided tours are available from the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center so you can experience the serene beauty of alpine lakes and ancient forests on over 19 miles (30 kilometers) of groomed world-class trails.


The Cross-Country Ski Center is located at Tamarack Lodge and is open daily from 8:30AM–4PM Monday–Thursday, and 8:30AM–5PM Friday–Sunday.

Getting Here

From town, continue on Main Street/SR 203 to Lake Mary Road. Veer right at the winter closure toward Tamarack Lodge. The Ski Center is at the far end of the parking lot in the yurt building.

163 Twin Lakes Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Free Shuttle Service to Tamarack Lodge

The Orange Line runs daily from 8:30AM–5:15PM during the winter season, departing The Village :00 and :30 minutes past the hour, and leaving Tamarack Lodge :15 and :45 minutes past the hour. Shuttle schedule subject to change.

Virtual Tour of Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center

Hours & Directions
Trail Map & Conditions

Trail Map & Conditions

Explore all the miles of groomed cross-country, snowshoe and the free Public Access Trail, and check the trail status and conditions before heading out on your adventure. 

View Map & Trail Status
Daily Trail & Season Passes for XC Skiing

Daily Trail & Season Passes for XC Skiing

Hit the tracks with a single or multi-day cross-country trail pass, or enjoy discounted pricing for afternoon and twilight sessions. For unlimited access and savings all winter, buy a Tamarack season pass.

XC Daily Trail Passes

18/19 Daily Trail Pass Pricing Coming Soon

Day passes can be purchased at the Ski Center.

Trail pass rates increase 10% during holiday periods.


Season Passes











Ikon Pass Holder





Ikon Pass holders call 800.MAMMOTH to purchase your Tamarack pass with your special savings.


Bring-A-Friend | All adult, senior, and youth Tamarack passholders will receive 3 Bring-A-Friend tickets good for 50% off a day pass for your guest; no blackout dates.


Deals & Savings

Two-fer Tuesday | Get 2 trail passes for the price of 1 every Tuesday (non-holiday). Both people must be present to qualify for discount.

Ikon Pass Holder Discounts | Present your Ikon Pass to save 20% on full or half-day trail passes and rentals; no blackout dates.

Mammoth Lodging Collection Guests | Guests staying at Tamarack Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Inn, The Village Lodge, Juniper Springs Resort or The Westin Monache Resort can simply present a room key at time of purchase to receive 20% off daily trail passes and xc ski/snowshoe rentals.

Military Discounts | Active duty military and families save 25% off daily trail passes by presenting a military ID at the time of purchase.

Pricing & Special Deals
XC Ski Rentals

XC Ski Rentals

Purchase a rental packages that includes everything you need, including skis boots, and poles. Single item rentals also available.

We're proud to be a designated Rossignol Nordic Center.

Rental Packages

18/19 Rental Package Pricing Coming Soon

Season-long rentals are available for $250.

Rental rates increase 10% during holiday periods.

XC Ski Lessons & Clinics

XC Ski Lessons & Clinics

Whether you're new to Nordic or an experienced skate skier, Tamarack Ski School will help push your skills to a new level. We offer private and group lessons, multi-week clinics, and season-long training programs designed to give your skiing a boost.

Private Lessons

Get an instructor all to yourself. Our pros offer private 1-hour cross-country stride and skate lessons. Reservations required. Call 760.934.2442 x8 to reserve.

18/19 Private Lesson Pricing Coming Soon


Group Lessons

Beginning classic striding lessons are 12PM Monday–Friday, and 10AM and 1:30PM on Saturday and Sunday. Lessons are 1 hr for groups of 1–2 and 1.5 hrs for groups of 3+. Skate lessons are 1 hr at 12PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

18/19 Group Lesson Pricing Coming Soon


Lesson Packages

Packages include instruction, trail pass, and rentals. Lessons for the full day package begin at 12PM Monday-Friday, and 10AM or 1:30PM on Saturday and Sunday. 1–2 person classes receive 1 hr of personalized instruction, while classes of 3+ will last 1.5 hrs. Children must be at least 7 years old to participate.

18/19 Lesson Package Pricing Coming Soon

Lesson rates increase 10% during holiday periods.


Multi-Week Clinics & Training Programs

If you're just discovering Nordic skiing or you're looking for a new personal best, our clinics and training programs are a great way to take your technique to the next level. For more information and to register:

Adult Masters Program
Kids Gliders & Youth Avalanche Programs
Multi-Week Clinics
Pricing & Details
Snowshoe Rentals, Lessons & Tours

Snowshoe Rentals, Lessons & Tours

If you want to experience the scenic beauty of the Mammoth Lakes Basin at Tamarack but skiing isn't quite your thing, we have a network of snowshoe trails, and offer rentals, lessons, and guided tours as well.

Snowshoe Rentals

18/19 Snowshoe Rental Pricing Coming Soon

Rental rates increase 10% during holiday periods.


Group Lessons  

Take a Sherpa snowmobile ride to the upper Lakes Basin for a group snowshoe lesson surrounded by high alpine lakes and snow-covered pine forests. Group lesson depart from the Tamarack yurt at 12PM on Saturdays. Please call for more info.


Snowshoe Tours

Naturalist Tours  |  Free 

Join a Forest Service volunteer naturalist on a snowshoe tour to learn about the trees, plants, animals and geology surrounding Tamarack. Tours are offered Friday–Sunday and holidays, Mid-December–Mid-April. Daily tours are offered during the December holiday period, except December 25. All tours depart the Ski Center at 10:30AM.

Equipment is not included; rentals are available at the Ski Center.

Full Moon Tours

Take in the moon-lit scenic beauty on this 1.5-hour after dark snowshoe excursion. Depart the Ski Center at 7PM for a 1.5-hour guided tour, then gather for dessert and hot drinks in front of the fireplace back at Tamarack Lodge.

Space is limited. Call 800.MAMMOTH to reserve your spot.

18/19 Tour Dates Coming Soon

Pricing & Details
Events & Races

Events & Races

Tamarack offers a variety of events that are fun for all ages and abilities. If you're looking to explore the scenic lakes basin on foot, trying out your first fun cross-country ski event, or skating for a PR, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this special place. 


Lakes Basin Skate  | January 

A fun event to celebrate the heart of the Nordic season. All ages and abilities are invited to come enjoy the trails.

National Winter Trail Day  |  January 

Free clinics and guided tours on Nordic skis and snowshoes. Come out and try the latest gear while exploring the Eastern Sierra and enjoying our shared Nordic Community.

Tamarack Challenge  |  April 

Join us to ski all the groomed tracks on the last Sunday of the season. Dress up in your craziest costume for a day with friends, food and good cheer.

For those of you who can't fathom skiing all the tracks, there will be 5 different stations with Mardi Gras beads and you'll still be included in the poker hand for prizes.

Potluck lunch will be at 12PM, bring your favorite dish or a $5 donation.

Must have a valid season or trail pass. No registration required.



Allan Bard  |  February

A mid-season race to show off your new skills and endurance. This classic race is a memorial to local mountaineer Allan Bard and is often a Junior Nationals qualifier.

Mammoth Marathon  |  April

The Big Daddy of them all – the 40th annual marathon offering distances from 3–42km. Open to classic and skate skiing.

Dates & Details

Tamarack Responsibility Code

Cross-country skiing is an action sport carrying significant risk of personal injury and/or fatality. Common sense and awareness can reduce your risks. For the safety of yourself and others, please observe these guidelines (this is a partial list):

  1. Ski under control to avoid hazards and other skiers.

  2. Yield to other skiers when entering a trail or starting downhill.

  3. Avoid stopping in the middle of hills and obstructing trails or intersections.

  4. Skiers coming downhill have the right-of-way. Pass oncoming skiers on the right side.

  5. Observe all posted signs and stay off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  6. Please don’t step in the track without skis on. Be sure to fill in sitzmarks.

  7. Be prepared. Carry a small pack for drinking water, extra food, clothing, a compass and map.

  8. Walking, snowshoeing, snowmobiles and dogs are not permitted on groomed ski trails.

  9. Snowshoers yield to skiers at trail intersections.

BE AWARE Grooming machines may be on trails at any time. Both natural and man-made obstacles or hazards may exist at any time. Lakes and streams are subject to unstable ice and snow. Ski patrol is not always available. Groomed ski trails can be affected by weather conditions and skier use. Some trails may not be open during or immediately following adverse weather. Trail passes are non-refundable, so be sure to check the weather and conditions before purchasing.

View Responsibility Code

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