At a staggering 11,053 ft, Mammoth Mountain towers over the Mammoth Lakes area of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, California. Being California, and having a high elevation level, Mammoth Mountain has the best of both worlds: lots of sunshine AND snow!Less
Hole in the Wall is a backcountry ski route that will challenge even advanced skiers, located in the out of bounds area at the back of Mammoth Mountain. It’s a geological rock formation created from cooled lava, which through a process of natural erosion formed a chute in the cliff. So where lava once flowed, now intrepid backcountry skiers shoot down a rocky tunnel.
To reach Mt Morrison’s ridge (3,255 m), you need to begin from the parking lot at the North East side of Convict Lake. Start climbing the trail running directly up from the south side of the lake. The trail starts off pretty steep, but this eases after about 400ft of ascent.
One of the many epic backcountry descents in the Sierra Nevada is the north- facing headwall couloirs coming off Mount Morgan South. At 13,748 feet, it’s a steady climb up there, but worth the trek, because the couloirs are known for holding that cherished champagne powder.