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DingoSeanAlaska Airlines used to do flights there for like 79$ or something from Oakland to Mammoth airport. Was like 200$ round trip or something, but fuel was also a lot cheaper in 2010.
Unfortunately, the cheapest and easiest way is to just sack up and drive from Oakland to Southlake, and then down Dagget pass to 395.
...it's only like 5.5-6 hours (actually shorter than coming from say, Santa Monica - especially what with dealing with the traffic), but you have to pass by like 10 other very solid ski areas to get there. I used to live in Oakland, and made the drive on occasion during the spring. It's really not too bad, just get some tunes and a few buddies to pitch in on fuel.
If you don't have a car, take amtrak to Reno, then take the bus down to Mammoth. It would probably take like 8 or 9 hours, though...
loganschnurWell that isn't fuckin worth it