For skiers, snowboarders, and other vacationers looking for a winter adventure, Mammoth Mountain, located approximately five hours north of Los Angeles, is an obvious, sound selection. After only a short, scenic drive, travelers find themselves surrounded by great snow-capped mountain ranges, a cozy town full of friendly people, and great dining and lodging accommodations. During my recent snowboard trip to Mammoth Mountain, I stayed at the Mammoth Mountain Inn and had a very satisfying experience.
The key feature that attracted me to the Mammoth Mountain Inn initially is its close proximity to the slopes. Mammoth Mountain Inn is located a short walking distance from the Main Lodge, making it extremely convenient to access the lifts. It took about five minutes or less to walk from my room to the gondola at the base of the mountain each morning. I cannot emphasize enough how nice it was to not hassle with parking a car in the morning, or driving back to a hotel in the evening as the mountain closed down. Additionally, the reception area of the Mammoth Mountain Inn offers hot chocolate and cookies every evening, which can be enjoyed around a fireplace with other visitors.
The room that I stayed in was very satisfactory as well. It was a one-bedroom layout, with a murphy bed in the living area. Additionally, the room had a kitchen with a mini fridge, sink, microwave, and dishwasher, making late-night snacking rather convenient. The room was capable of easily accommodating four guests, and had plenty of space to move around.
The Inn includes an outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, and three indoor hot tubs, meaning that there is always a private area available. A gym with basic free weights and treadmills is located in the reception area, across the hall from a general store that stocks snacks. The Main Lodge hosts a food court, for those who are looking for nearby food, or after just a short car drive, visitors can wander around the nearby village, which offers boutiques, gift shops, dining, and nightlife.
If you are visiting Mammoth for the skiing and snowboarding, which undoubtedly most are, you’ll be excited to know that Mammoth is undergoing a great number of changes during this 07/08 season. In addition to the Cloud Nine Express lift, which seats six people per chair, the Canyon Lodge Terrain Park has been expanded, bringing the mountain to over 90 acres of freestyle terrain.
If you haven’t been to Mammoth before, you are in for quite the treat. The expansiveness of the runs and the mountain in general is the first noticeable aspect. With an average snowfall of 400 inches and over 3,500 skiable acres, there’s always an opportunity around the corner to really take advantage of numerous double black bowls along the top, or gorgeous, wooded tree runs near the base.
Reservations can be made with the Mammoth Mountain Inn by calling their main phone number at 760-934-2581. Reservations can also be made on their website, which is a great source of information about the Inn, Mammoth Mountain itself, and up-to-date weather information. Its address is http://www.mammothmountain.com/
The following amenities are offered to guests of the Mammoth Mountain Inn:
* New Game Room
* Ski/Snowboard Valet
* New Fitness Center
* Business Center
* E xclusive In-House Ski and Snowboard Rental Shop
* Bell service/concierge
* 24-hour reception
* Small World Child Care*
* Indoor spas
* Heated outdoor swimming pool
* Meeting and banquet facilities
* Immediate mountain access
* Coin-operated guest laundry
* Daily housekeeping
* Underground parking
* Exclusive in-house ski and snowboard rental shop*
* Complimentary town shuttle
* Tire-chain installation and removal*
* Kitchen & dining area (condo units)
* Refrigerator (suite units)
* High-speed Internet