Gary Small, co-owner of Mammoth Creek Vacation Rentals


I’ve been coming to Mammoth for over 40 years to ski and snowboard in the winter, and camp and fish in the summer. I’ve been lucky enough to ski all over the world and I honestly believe Mammoth is one of the best Mountains in the world! Not to mention the fishing is pretty good too!

XTC Tours is the ski tour company I’ve owned since the mid 80’s and in the early 90’s I started using Mammoth Creek Condos for some of my ski groups.  The groups loved it and have been coming back ever since.

My family and I relocated to Mammoth from Southern California in 2002.  I was still running the ski business but was looking for new opportunities too.  When I found out the former owner of Mammoth Creek Vacation Rentals was getting ready to retire I teamed up with my partner Cheryl Caton.

Cheryl had already been working at Mammoth Creek for over 5 years, and we bought the business together and took over completely in the Fall of 2012.  We never looked back and have enjoyed every minute. Lucky us!


I started coming to Mammoth for skiing in 1989.  My youngest daughter learned to ski here on the mountain when she was only 3 years old.  Our family loved the fact that we could camp in the summer and ski in the winter and we were a comfortable drive from southern California.

I moved here in 1997 and my 3 girls have continued to have a great time visiting. Since we are a short drive to beautiful Yosemite National Park we make it a family tradition to go in June when the falls are full and amazing.

My Middle daughter and her husband moved here in 2001 and I have 3 grandchildren that I am “Nana” to. They have all learned to ski, swim, hike and camp here in our wonderful town.

There is so much to do here in Mammoth that we never get bored of the small close town we live in.

Cherly Caton, co-owner of Mammoth Creek Vacation Rentals