As winter blankets the High Sierra, direct routes like Sonora and Tioga Pass shut down for the season. But this isn’t a setback – it’s a chance for you to revel in our vast backyard with serene exclusivity. Due to our unique topography, you can start the day skiing powder and finish off with climbing in a t-shirt – all seasons in a single day! Whether you’re plotting how to get here or mapping out your day, leverage the Bishop webcams with these tips for a seamless, joy-filled journey from start to finish.
How Are The Roads To Get To Bishop?
In summer, there are multiple routes to Bishop, but in winter, US-395 is the go-to, offering convenient car access and a chance to cruise along one of America’s finest road trip routes. Whether you’re traveling from the north or south, stay updated on road conditions via Cal Trans road information and by typing in “395” for updates. For real-time insights, explore US-395 webcams at Conway Summit, Obsidian Dome, entrance to Mammoth Lakes and Lone Pine.
Bishop, nestled at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level, rarely receives snowfall but is encircled by mountains. Before diving into your day’s escapades, explore our ‘know before you go page‘ for crucial road access insights for this time of year. For added assurance about your route’s readiness, connect with the Visitor Center’s informed staff. They’re equipped to swiftly provide the necessary information, so you don’t have to be concerned.
What’s The Weather Like At Mammoth Mountain?
Get a glimpse of what the slopes look like before you venture out. Sierra storms are legendary, bringing gale-force winds and dumping feet of snow rapidly, sometimes closing lifts. But in Bishop’s Owens Valley locale, instead of waiting indoors, embrace our inviting warm winter playground. Fish at the Owens River, scale Buttermilks’ boulders, or take an auto-tour around Owens Valley. Once the storm clears, head to Mammoth for pristine powder runs.
Skip The Headaches & Fly
Instead of taking the scenic drive to the Eastern Sierra, you can also skip the hassle and fly directly into Bishop Airport, also known as the Bishop/Mammoth Airport (BIH). Throughout the winter months, there are daily flights via San Francisco and Denver, starting December 14th.