PSA — EWR LAX price jumped up big time. Cheapest on Southwest is now LGA - BUR ($232 as of this morning) or book on jetBlue JFK into BUR or ONT for $217. Still cheap — just not insane.

We keep even dead deal posts up for anyone who was able to book — but who may not have their Hotel / Lift Tickets etc booked yet. See deal write-up below. Congrats to everyone who got in at $153 Round-Trip (subscribe to get in early on the next one)!

Ikon Pass holders rejoice — Southwest has the all time cheapest flights to L.A. straight through the heart of Ski Season. While not NEARLY as convient as flying into Mammoth Lakes, at $155 this is solidly 75% less than it would cost to fly in there. The more people you were planning to go with — the more differences that price drop makes.

On that note — Trivago has some well rated 30-40% off Condo options (1 bedroom $148/nt, or 2 Bedrooms from $225/nt) that match up well with the flight dates. Some January / Feb examples (although more dates are available w/Southwest):

If you are flexible I would scan through the above and find the condo you like — then book a flight to match that. With the drive up from L.A. I would go for longer than 4 days — but with the flight is pennies on the dollar so I am taking this one pretty serious.

For anyone without an Ikon Pass Mammoth Mountain is offering 40% off ticket prices when you book 4+ ski days at least a week (or more) ahead of time — so this deal qualifies.

On Rental Cars (cheapest option from LAX) Hotwire has All-Wheel Drive options $16/day for standard or $32/day for Premium SUVs. Use (code: CAR10OFF) for another stacking $10 off your total. Make sure you adjust to your specific dates for the car.

NY/NJ is almost always $350+ w/Bags — these cheap ski trips get you there for 65% less with One-Stop on Southwest.

As mentioned Southwest DOES let you bring your skis / board bag free of charge. Counting that and a gear bag you are saving at least another $140 RT vs jetBlue / United / Delta etc. While Southwest is usually relatively more expensive for that exact reason — they are not on this day.

110+ inches thus far.

Unlike last year (I was out in early January) this year is killing it. Already well over 100 inches at the summit (including 7 inch over night today). Full Mammoth snowfall details.

In case you were wondering — Yep. That qualifies as the most snow in the country (with more on the way), this one is worth a watch over on the official Mammoth Mountain YT channel, though the screen grab doesn't do it justice:

Sign me up for some of that.

More Stoke from the Mammoth Mtn Team

If that snow report doesn't already have you stoked I probably can't do too much more to help... BUT this one from ABE KISLEVITZ certainly won't hurt though:

Abe works at GoPro and rides for Mammoth and Armada among others. Look him uphis instagram makes me jealous.

Cheap Flight Availability

Availability on the flights essentially runs straight through May — so whether you want to book in January or February to maximize your chances of a dump or book later in the year (say you maybe need to save up some days off) — this is one of the more flexible trips I have seen of late.

Last year Mammoth was open through to June. So plenty of season extender opportunities are available if you want to bank a late season (even April or May) week to look forward to.

How to Book a cheap flight w/Southwest

Since southwest doesn't allow direct links to specific dates, the best way to go about this is to hit the Southwest Low Fare Calendar. From there enter the airport you want to fly from (EWR to LAX) and then select January (alternately February, March, April or May):

That should land you on the right calendar. You are looking for the flights that are $77 on the way out there, and $77 on the way back. Generally the sale covers January through May.

Once you select a date you want to hit continue at which point you are looking for the Non-Stop 'Wanna Get Away' flights (which for some reason are generally cheaper than those with more stops).

Southwest Free Change Fees

One of the best parts about Southwest is that they cover free change fees. That is freaking KEY when you may want to push your reservation around to avoid an incomming NY/NJ side storm (or if you find a cheaper price later — zero chance that happens in this case.

This has saved more times than I can count. The Free Ski Bags thing helps too. Get after it.