California Festivals

Mammoth Mountain Woolly's Dance Party

Held most Saturdays during ski season (November-March)

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area - Canyon Lodge
6201 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes CA 93546  
800.MAMMOTH / 800.626.6684

We've all heard about the Woolly Mammoth, right?

Woolly's Dance Party is an annual winter event for tourists and Mammoth Lakes locals to join in, featuring a costumed-clad "woolly mammoth" which appears for photo ops and to lead the group in a parade from the base of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area through Mammoth Village.

A typical dance party goes like this:

  • Music and complimentary cocoa while supplies last 3:45 p.m.
  • Woolly's arrival and dance party begins 4 p.m.
  • Dancing with Ski & Snowboard School 4:20 p.m.
  • Photos with Woolly, Huck, Goldie & Bucky 4:25 p.m.

The public is invited to meet at Ski & Snowboard School for music, a dance party through The Village Plaza with Woolly and friends in this 'must-attend' kids event for all ages. With weekly events often themed to celebrate holidays, you may see Woolly helping officiate a variety of activities. The party and parade around town only last about an hour but it's by no means the only celebration you'll discover from the fun-loving folks at the ski resort.

Since Mammoth Mountain usually gets the most snow in the Sierra mountains of any ski resort, the focus on having fun carries through from off-the-slopes events to the biggest treat of all,  the snow-covered slopes ideal for skiing.

More about the Woolly Mammoth!

 The woolly mammoth, roughly the same size as an African elephant, is an extinct species that lived during the Pleistocene and Holocene epoch. Well adapted to the cold environment during the last ice age, the animal which coexisted with humans was covered in dark to light fur, with an outer covering of long hairs and a shorter undercoat. 

Living in North America as well as northern Eurasia, its ears and tail were short to minimize frostbite and heat loss. It had long, curved tusks and a trunk for manipulating objects, fighting, and foraging. The woolly mammoth which was killed for its meat, tusks and bones, became extinct over 3,900 years ago. 

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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