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Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain

California dreamin' in the sun and the snow of the spectacular Sierra Nevada

At 11,053 feet, Mammoth boasts the highest summit of any California resort - and of course this makes for high quality snow cover, not to mention breathtaking, far-reaching views.

It is set spectacularly along the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Inyo National Forest. Incredibly, the ski season can last until July - and despite receiving an annual average snowfall of 400 ins, Mammoth also basks in 300 days of sunshine per year.

The resort is renowned for its vast range of skiing for every level, the whole mountain catering fairly equally for experts, intermediates and beginners. There are steep chutes and bowls as well as a wealth of secluded and scenic tree-lined runs eminently suitable for those who like their skiing a little more on the gentle side.

A huge attraction are the world-class terrain parks - there are a number of them scattered over the mountain, with more than 50 jumps and more than 100 other features plus three half-pipes. In all, the terrain parks cover 100 acres and attract free-riders from far and wide.

The resort is known for its welcoming family-friendly atmosphere, a trait that has been nurtured since the first rope tow was installed here in 1942 by founder Dave McCoy, who retired from running the ski area at the age of 90 - and there have been celebrations recently in the resort with their founder celebrating his 100th birthday. He skied well into his nineties and says he has stopped temporarily after having a knee replacement!

The wide choice of accommodation includes the Westin Monache Resort, near the Village Gondola, the centrally-located and very friendly Sierra Nevada Resort and the Mammoth Mountain Inn, which is very convenient for the slopes.

For apres-ski, the Yodler at Main Lodge is always very lively - it's housed in an ancient chalet that was allegedly brought over from Switzerland. The Dry Creek in the Mammoth Mountain Inn is also popular, as is the somewhat incongruous but entertaining Lakanuki in The Village, a Hawaiian-style bar. For dining, the Lakefront in Tamarack Lodge is hard to beat.


Lakefront

Lakefront

Nestled inside the historic Tamarack Lodge, perched right on the banks of Twin Lakes is the Lakefront – one of Mammoth Mountain’s best regarded eateries and with good reason.

Plating up a seasonal menu of fresh, American cuisine, an intimate fine dining experience awaits those who dine here. The menu features an excellent array of meat and fish dishes, from which Alaskan Line Caught Halibut and Kurobuta Pork Belly both make strong efforts to steal the show. For a real winter warmer, follow your meal up with a Lakefron Oak Barrel-Aged Manhattan, aged slowly on site and incorporating only the best ingredients.

The Lakefront is a warm and welcoming dining room which has stayed true to its historic roots. This has resulted in a certain charm to the place, one which defies all age and makes you feel irresistibly attached to it. Be it the roaring stone fireplace, the inviting sitting room or the traditional decor, you’re certain to feel at home here.


Yodler Restaurant and Bar

Yodler Restaurant and Bar

Get the authentic European après ski experience at the Bavarian-themed Yodler Bar where you’ll find winter warmers in the form of food, drink and good company (not to mention the fireplace lounge!).

A great spot for drinks and snacks with friends, or a stop-off for a family meal, Yodler caters to all with its versatile food and drink menus, coupled with the traditional atmosphere of a German beer tent. Share a Hearth-Baked Pizza or Giant Pretzel with mustard and cheese sauce to line your stomach for the imminent orders of steins, or take things slower with a more traditional Jagerschnitzel for a sit-down meal in fine surroundings.

If you plan to spend the sing the night away Bavarian style, donate to the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and not only will you be helping kids get out on the mountains, but you’ll also receive a personalised stein and cheaper drinks – a great way to make your mark at Mammoth.