"Mammoth- The two faces of this outdoor destination" Mammoth by kzapanta

Mammoth Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 48 photos

Two faces: Winter Destination/Summer Playground

To start off with, the name Mammoth is only for the ski resort. Mammoth Lakes is the area that includes the town, surrounding residence and lakes of the area.

For years in the past, Mammoth Lakes has been a more popular destination in the summer vs. as a winter destination. When the baby boomers were young, road trips were the thing to do and including Yosemite which is an hour north, Mammoth Lakes became a popular spring to fall escape.

Dave McCoy was the man who envisioned using the three hills and the mountain ridge to be a ski resort. Starting off with a tow rope. He recently sold his majority shares and executive powers to Starwood Hotels and Intrawest after 6 decades of caretaking.

Wherever you are, Mammoth Lakes will be a journey to get to. hit 395 from either the south in L.A. or S.D. or usually from the north from Lake Tahoe.
Even though every year there are talks about negotiations about making better use of the small 'airport' just east of the exit to accomodate and direct commercial regional flights into the area, nothing ever comes of it. So for now, private planes are the only use for that air strip.
Car or charter bus is the only real alternative to get there for summer or winter use. If your the many who ask about PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION,, stick out your thumb and bum a ride if you can.

The tips inside are for practical use. Lodging choices and what to do in the town. It is very general. If you want your specific detailed question answered you can ask it below on the comments

Mammoth Mountain for snow use.

Mammoth Mountain and ski resort is the mountain north east of town.

It trully is a mammoth of a ski resort and a weeks worth of riding or skiing can easily be done in here without getting bored.
Items of real importance for skiers and snowboarders:
Pros-vertical steepness, vertical gain, endless terrain of all abilities, great network or lifts, long season.
Cons- Weather! Rarely will it not be windy (especially noticeable on chair lifts), also this is the Sierras, so there is snow and sometimes tons of it but not the fluffy champagne in Utah. Getting there, and high price of tickets due to the development caused by Intrawest and Starwoods Hotel.

The newest information not found on the other pages in VT is this: The development of the new Town Center, the huge push and development for luxury hotels, timeshares and condos, super expensive lift tickets to offset these 'improvements'.
There is now a gondola connecting the center of town to the Canyon Lodge of Mammoth Mountain. The center of town has been dramaticaly redone by Intrawest. The same Intrawest that did Whistler/Blackcomb and since that endeavor was highly profitable for them, they copied the same architect and same color scheme and them and miniturized it for the Mammoth Town Center.
For more information go to: mammothmountain.com

Mammoth Lakes for summer use.

This area and the surrounding lakes above, ( Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake George, Lake Mamie) is a trout fishing world class destination.

Cabins, tent spaces, RV hookups line the surrounding lakeside and condos and houses for rent in town all year round.

Many come just for the nature. Hiking trails abound everywhere, horsetrails, mountain bike trails, and combined with downhill biking from the ski resort.

Other activities: Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow falls both of which is north past the ski resort. Very interesting vertical rock formations.
Inyo Craters, Mono Lake is an hour north as well as Yosemite. There is a fish hatchery near the 'airport' and a natural hot springs as well. Golf and tennis, mountain climbing, and a small art community in town round out the activities.

For more information go to: mammothl lakes website

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:fun playground for either season
  • Cons:Way the hell out there.
  • In a nutshell:Sierra escape for So. Cals.
  • Last visit to Mammoth: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2007
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    Jul 7, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Thank you for your kind words buddy. Yes, my letter to dad meant a lot to me. I can only hope he heard every word! Homer

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