Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Mammoth | Mammoth Lakes, California

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There has never been a better time for a winter getaway to Mammoth Lakes – January 2017 was the snowiest month in Mammoth’s history. Take advantage of the 20+ feet of snow that has blanketed the mountains with a few days of skiing and snowboarding. Between outdoor fun, the exhilarating fresh air, and scenic views that come with 11,000 feet of elevation, your trip to Mammoth will be one to remember.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn

You can’t get much closer to the action than Mammoth Mountain Inn, just steps away from the gondola at Main Lodge. The convenient location, comfortable amenities, and variety of rooms make this hotel ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel also has great dining, including The Yodler, an outdoor restaurant where you can relax on a sunny deck and admire the scenery in between runs. With the Lift + Lodging Package, you can get lodging and a lift ticket starting at $175 per person, per night.

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Mammoth Tavern

Get a bite to eat and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Mammoth Tavern. Go for dinner, check out happy hour from 3:30-5:30pm each day, or stop by for a midnight snack from 9:30 to close. The Tavern Burger, with white cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled red onions, Dijon-Mayo sauce, and sweet potato fries, is just the kind of meal you’ll be craving after a day on the slopes. Pair it with one of their craft cocktails like the Winter Cup, made with bourbon, honey, and raspberry sage lemon shrub.

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Snowcat Tours

A Snowcat Tour allows you to take a day off from skiing and snowboarding while still enjoying a snowy adventure. A comfortable and heated snowcat will take you around the mountain while you sit back, relax, and admire incredible views of the landscape. It’s the perfect way to see the jagged peaks of the Minarets in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tours run at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, and include gourmet snacks including wine, fruit, cheese, and charcuterie.

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Electric Tubing

Mammoth Mountain offers after-dark Electric Tubing Sessions on select dates throughout the season. Experience night tubing while colorful lights illuminate the snow and a DJ blasts energetic music. If you get cold, head to the fire pit for food and beverage specials.

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Black Velvet Coffee

No matter your drink of choice, Black Velvet Coffee is worth a stop. Visit their Espresso Bar to try coffee from all over the world, all of which is roasted fresh in Mammoth. The Espresso Bar also features craft beer, with four rotating beers on tap and over 20 bottled beers available. Upstairs, The Wine Bar serves over 30 wines from small boutique wineries. If you like the coffee, sign up for a subscription and receive a bag or two mailed to you every two weeks.

August Outdoor Escapes | Mammoth Lakes, California

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Though Mammoth is well known as a skiing and snowboarding destination, it’s also a great place to visit in the summer. The views of the John Muir Wilderness make an impressive backdrop for a number of outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking. Plan a visit during Mammoth Wine Weekend and take part in a three-day food and wine extravaganza.

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Juniper Springs Resort

Book a condo at Juniper Springs Resort, located just outside of The Village. Their condos are decorated in a chic mountain style and feature full kitchens, outdoor balconies, and amazing views. Throughout the resort, you’ll find heated pools, hot tub spas, a fitness center, a game room, and a coffee shop. With the Stay & Play Package, each person receives 50% off of a fun outdoor activity. Choose from a ticket to Mammoth Bike Park, an Intro to Trail Riding Lesson, a round of golf at Sierra Star Golf Course, a scenic gondola ride, or a Kids Adventure Pass.

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Mammoth Wine Weekend

August 19-21, 2016 is Mammoth Wine Weekend, an event that celebrates both wine and food. The Village Wine Walk is a festival where you can enjoy live music while sampling wines from over 20 different wineries. You can also attend a champagne brunch on Sunday at local restaurant Campo Mammoth, featuring a crepe station, wood-fired breakfast pizzas, frittatas, and a bellini bar.

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Hiking | Convict Lake and Duck Pass

With breathtaking views and endless trails, Mammoth is one of the best hiking spots in California. Start out at Convict Lake, a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains that tower over 5,000 feet above you. An easy trail circles the lake, which has beaches, a campground, a picnic area, and boat rentals. For more of a challenge, find the connecting Convict Canyon trail that heads into the John Muir Wilderness. We also love Duck Pass Trail, a 5.5-mile route through the Coldwater Creek to Duck Pass. It meanders through multiple alpine lakes and meadows in the John Muir Wilderness, where you’ll see Barney Lake, Blue Crag, and the Mammoth Crest. Every turn will give you a new incredible view.

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Mammoth Brewing Company

Mammoth Brewing Company has been crafting beer for over 20 years. Stop by and try one of their featured beers that rotate on tap in their tasting room. We love the Papi Cherry White Stout, with flavors of Rainier cherries and Black Velvet Coffee. Mammoth Brewing Company also hosts fun events, like Trivia Tuesdays every week from 7-9 pm and a summer music series. See event schedule.

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Mammoth Bike Park

Looking for an adventure? Try mountain biking. Mammoth Bike Park is one of the best in the country. They have 39 open trails that range in difficulty. First time bikers can start in the “Discovery Zone,” which has a practice loop and some great beginner trails, and Skills Park, which allows new bikers to hone their skills and try out small drops and bridges. For more expert riders, some of their iconic trails will give you views of the Mammoth Crest, Minarets, Mt. Ritter, and Banner Peak.

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Manzanar

An hour and a half south of Mammoth you’ll find Manzanar, one of the ten internment camps that held over 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. Today, it’s a National Historic Site. Stop by the Visitor’s Center to view a short film about the camp’s history and see exhibits and artifacts from the 1940s. You can also visit Block 14, a reconstructed barracks and mess hall, and see gardens and ponds that have been excavated throughout the site.

Mountain Getaway | Mammoth Lakes, California

Mammoth Lakes is a year-round vacation destination, offering countless outdoor activities and striking natural beauty. Leave the city behind and experience a scenic retreat in California’s Eastern Sierra – it’s truly a place where seeing is believing. Planning a trip to Mammoth? We’ve put together a list of things to help you make the most out of your visit!

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The Village Lodge

Relax in the middle of everything that Mammoth has to offer at The Village Lodge – an upscale, cabin-inspired condo hotel. It’s nestled at the base of Mammoth Mountain and is just steps away from shopping, dining, and outdoor attractions. The well-appointed rooms offer balconies, fireplaces, full kitchens, and up to 3 bedrooms. Their Stay & Play Package is the ultimate combination of relaxation and adventure! It includes deluxe accommodations and 50% off outdoor activities, including bike park access, a round of 18 at the Sierra Star Golf Course, or a kids’ pass to the Adventure Center! Book your vacation online today. 


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Gondola Ride

Marvel at the surrounding landscapes from over 11,000 feet in the air! This Scenic Gondola Ride takes you to the summit of Mammoth, providing you with the most stunning 360-degree views you’ll find in California. Gaze at the high alpine peaks and pristine lakes and discover the natural history of the surrounding area. While you’re at the top, take a break and dine at Eleven53 Café for a scenic meal. MammothHike_644x270

Hiking

Hiking around Mammoth Lakes during the autumn season is an unforgettable experience. The season brings crisp mountain air, mild sunny days, and spectacular colors. The Mammoth Lakes Trail System stretches over 300 miles! Make your way through pine forests, rocky craters, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes. Be sure to take lots of photos! The scenery around Mammoth is unlike anywhere in the world. MountainClimbing_644x270

Mountain Climbing

For a more challenging adventure, gear up and scale the surrounding mountains! Visit the Sierra Rock Climbing School to ensure a safe and fun experience. The company is open year round and has been family owned and operated for over a decade. Their talented staff will help you experience, learn, and feel the adventure of rock climbing. Choose from half or full day, group or solo climbing packages. They provide personalized guided instruction and cater to all skill levels. Register online.

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Lakefront Restaurant

After a long day full of adventure, have dinner at the Lakefront Restaurant at the Tamarack Lodge. The quaint dining room hosts 10 tables perched along the banks of Twin Lakes. A true culinary gem, the menu changes seasonally and features fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Don’t forget to ask about the extensive wine selection! The Lakefront is said to be Mammoth’s most intimate fine dining experience. Reserve a table online.