Marines get training under a lot of different conditions, but none are as grueling as learning to survive at sub zero temperatures, at the 10,000 foot level of a snow capped mountain. The Marine Corps Mountain Training facility is located in California in the Toiyabe National Forest. At the training school, it can receive snow sometimes up to eight feet, and get as cold as 20 degrees. The Marine Corps Mountain Training Facility was first establishing in the year 1951
To provide cold weather and mountain training for personnel that was bound for Korea.
The vision of the Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center includes
-Providing training and relevant education and training for Mountain Warriors.
-To continue to be the Department of Defense’s premier location and venue for cold weather Training.
-To function with support and instructors in a joint staff evolution.
-To collaborate and train successfully with other services, and other organizations.
-To support MAGTF/JTF exercises and training.
The Marine Corps Mountain Training Center functions are part of the Marine Ground/Air Task Force Command, and are supported from elements from other Marine Installations/West. They perform and conduct individual and unit training for Joint, USMC, and Allied Forces for use in high altitude, mountainous, cold weather environments. The Marine Mountain Training Center supports the missions of regional Combat Commanders. They also provide support as needed for the Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Education and trains with Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
The Mountain Training Command is located at Pickle Meadow on California Highway 108. Their mailing address is actually twenty-one miles away in Bridgeport California. They are located about one hundred miles south of Reno, Nevada. The MMTC training center is the premier training facility in the world for personnel and equipment to use in cold weather and mountain operations.
Located in a National Forrest, the U.S. Marine Corps has an agreement with the U. S. Forest Service to use the area to train both international and United States military people in cold weather and Mountain fighting and survival techniques. The training center is at 6,762 feet of elevation. The Mountain Training Command is one of the most challenging Marine Training courses; elements are required to be accomplished in cold, wet, and adversarial conditions. Graduates from the Mountain Training Course are often sought as experts by other services in dealing with cold weather and rough conditions. Marine Soldiers who have competed the course are sometimes used to liaison with other services and teach the skills to other units.