Have you ever been to Mammoth, California? I suspect many of you will say no. Why? Well, access may be one reason. It’s not that easy to get to. But it’s also not that hard to get to. You’ve heard of it but don’t know much about it? Fair enough. I’ll tell you what I know.
Mammoth Lakes, California is in the Eastern Sierra and is about a 5 hour drive from Los Angeles or a one hour plane flight. It is located less than an hour south of Yosemite. It is a year-round resort although it is most popular for it’s winter sports activities. Mammoth Mountain offers 3,500 acres of terrain for avid skiers and snowboarders. The average snowfall is 400” per year. It is a family-friendly resort with activities for everyone, including snowmobile adventures, a tube park, snowcat tours, scenic gondola rides and cross country skiing.
Some of the most beautiful views of Mammoth are just after a big snow storm.
A gorgeous, sunny day on the slopes in Mammoth. This weather is typical of many of the winter days.
A beautiful, open and wide run on Mammoth Mountain. There are many like this as well as terrain for every level of skier and snowboarder.
The summer season in Mammoth, although much quieter offers stunning and majestic views as well as a plethora of activities. The beauty of this season is in it’s quietness and tranquility.
In late summer, the foliage changes color. You don’t need to travel all the way to the east coast to see the changing colors!
One of our favorite summer activities is hiking. With it’s proximity to Yosemite, Mammoth has vistas and scenery that rival those of the famous National Park next door. There are more than 2 million acres of National forest land to explore. Endless trails, bike paths, lakes and camping sights abound in the area. Fishing, horseback riding, mountain bike riding, zip lining and rock climbing are some of the many summer activities that Mammoth has to offer.
There are many choices of places to stay in Mammoth, especially in the rental condominium category. Having tried different places over the years, our favorite is Snowcreek Resort. In addition to beautiful properties that you can search for and choose on-line, the overall property is surrounded by scenic landscaping and gorgeous views. Rentals through Snowcreek Resort include the use of the Snowcreek Athletic Club – a 30,000 square foot facility that has recently been remodeled. There are tennis and raquetball courts, a full basketball and volleyball court, a full gymnasium, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, restaurant and numerous classes. There is also a 9-hole golf course and driving range which guests may enjoy at significantly reduced fees.
What else is there to do in Mammoth? The dining options in Mammoth continue to grow. There are established restaurants that thrive and new ones that open each season. The Mogul, Petra’s and the Tamarack Lodge are upscale steak and seafood options of quality that have stood the test of time. Some exciting newcomers include Mammoth Tavern and The Brasserie, located in the new Mammoth Rock and Bowl Center.
There are events year-round in Mammoth including a Jazz Festival, Food and Wine Festival, and a Beer and Blues Festival to name a few. The Night of Lights Festival on Mammoth Mountain in December kicks off the holiday season and includes music, fireworks and a torchlight parade down the mountain. It is a beautiful site to see. Many sporting events take place as well – from mountain biking to fishing to mud-runs and triathlons. There is truly something for everyone.
So, now why haven’t you been to Mammoth Lakes, California? I hope you’re making your plans now.