Slope-side Mountain Lodge Adjacent to Ski Lift
If you want to stay close to the slopes of Mammoth Mountain—California’s highest ski resort at an elevation of more than 11,000 feet—you can’t do much better than Mammoth Mountain Inn. The ski-in, ski-out hotel lies within walking distance of a high-speed gondola that takes passengers up the mountain to miles and miles of trails. Though the inn was remodeled in the 1990s, it retains much of its rugged character in the form of vaulted ceilings, natural-wood beams, and a stone fireplace in the lobby. You’ll also find historic black-and-white photos throughout the property as another nod to the inn’s past.
Mammoth Mountain Inn has free overnight storage and ski-valet service out front, so guests can drop off and pick up their gear with ease. An in-house rental shop caters to those who arrive without their own equipment, and a seasonal daycare center caters to parents who arrive without their own Mary Poppins. Being so close to the Main Lodge gives non-skiers plenty to do as well, including guided snowboard tours and scenic gondola rides. A local shuttle service is available to make the 10-minute drive into town.
The included daily breakfast is served in the inn’s restaurant, Mountainside Grill, where rustic California-style cuisine is prepared with seasonal fruits and vegetables. This is also a good place to stop for dinner and a glass of wine from an extensive selection featuring international and local varietals. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, head over to the Dry Creek Bar, where a massive floor-to-ceiling window shows off the Eastern Sierra Mountains.
Mammoth Lakes, California: Gateway to State’s Highest Ski Resort
A quiet town high up in the pine-studded Sierra Mountains southeast of Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes is the main gateway to the Mammoth Mountain ski area. It’s only about 10 minutes from the center of town to the resort, which features more than two dozen lifts and 3,500 acres of skiable terrain. You’ll find some of the easier trails, as well as the ski school, in the lower area near Mammoth Mountain Inn. Ridge runs on the east side of the mountain cater to intermediate skiers, while the bowls and chutes on the front are better suited for an advanced skill level.
The glacier-carved, alpine region surrounding Mammoth Lakes is a winter playground for more than just skiers and snowboarders. You can ride a snowmobile through wooded trails and untouched snow parks or don a pair of snowshoes to hike up the mountain to a breathtaking vantage point overlooking the village. Snowcat tours let visitors ride in the tracked vehicle that grooms the ski trails as it makes its rounds in the evenings.
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