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Mammoth Mountain's test flight is a success

October 15, 2008 |  8:13 am


Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Tuesday received its first commercial flight in more than 10 years, but it was merely a test flight. Daily air service from Los Angeles International to Mammoth Lakes will begin Dec. 18, and hopefully there will be more snow in the region than you see in this photo.

Actually, Mammoth is off to a good start in the snow department. Last weekend's storm was the second to rumble across Eastern Sierra slopes this fall, and Mammoth expects to open Nov. 13.

Those interested in flying, rather than driving, on or after Dec. 18, will be able to do so aboard a 74-seat twin-engine turboprop Bombardier Q400, operated by Horizon Air.

"Now winter enthusiasts will be able to spend more time enjoying the slopes, and less time trying to get here," said Howard Pickett, chief marketing officer at Mammoth Mountain.

Flights will depart at 2:20 p.m. each day, through April 12, and last 65 minutes. Return flights depart Mammoth Yosemite Airport at 4:05 p.m. I checked prices last week and round-trip flights were in the $215 range.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo credit: Peatross / MMSA