My son would like to plan a family trip this winter that would include Death Valley and Mammoth. We only have four nights due to work obligations. So we'd be starting from Pasadena on a Wednesday evening, driving to...?. We'd have all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as some time on Sunday before heading back to Pasadena.
Our son would like to ski-- he has a Mammoth pass and would like to incorporate a couple days of skiing into this trip. (The rest of us don't ski but might hike or try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if available up there. I've never been to Mammoth.)
None of us has been to Death Valley, at least not in the last 50 years...
Do you think it is reasonable to do Mammoth and Death Valley in a single, 4 night/3.75 day trip?
Just to get a taste of Death Valley? If so, do you have any suggestions how to structure the trip? (I'm thinking our son might prefer to do the Mammoth section first, for less crowded non-weekend conditions, but I'm not certain.)