Can you believe I’ve been in California for seven years years now and I’ve never been to Mammoth Lakes to ski? The horror!
When PSIA asked me to donate photobooths to their annual spring convention at Mammoth, I was more than happy to do it! A few days spring skiing in sunny Mammoth Lakes and photobooth fun: I’d be crazy to say no!
Bri and I met up with Meghan Kelly, her husband, and a few of our other Tahoe friends for a mini Mammoth Ski trip. While I may have not reached my goal of sixty days on mountain this ski season, but I at least ended it with one of my more memorable ski weekends to date. Mammoth Lakes is a gorgeous place to visit and even more unbelievable from the top of the gondola!
Looking for the PSIA Photobooth Photos?
If you were in my photobooth at the event, your galleries will always remain here on my page in the 2013 tab of the Photobooth Gallery under Portfolio.
If you want to travel to Mammoth Lakes, here are my recommendations.
STAY: The Cinnamon Bear Inn is located just of Main Street in Mammoth Lakes and is so adorable it hurts. Literally. There are four poster beds with patchwork quilts and doilies. It’s run by Pam and her husband, who personally cook and serve you a hot breakfast every morning and offer afternoon apres ski drinks and appetizers in the “lobby” which feels more like your own living room. If you’re used to the Westin, this is not the place for you: it has it’s quirks (like slow draining tubs), but in my world, that’s all the more reason to love it.
- Old New York Deli and Bakery has bagels to die for. Bagels like I haven’t ever found out west: crisp shells and doughy centers in all the best flavors, including salt, sourdough and egg! Substitute cream cheese on your fried egg sunrise bagel sando in the morning and you’ll get the best of both worlds: New York style bagel and schmear meets breakfast sandwich.
- Toomey’s is famous in California for it’s gourmet meals, served without an ounce of pretentiousness, in odd, quirky and unbecoming locations. If you think it would be wonderful to eat a loaded seafood jumbalaya amidst baseball jerseys and collector metal lunchboxes from days gone by, don’t skip a meal here.
- Stellar Brew has killer coffee and loaded sandwhiches, perfect for grabbing on your way to or from the mountain.
- Get a growler filled and enjoy a tasting sampler of either some or all of the brews that Mammoth Brewery has going in their tasting room. At $4-$6 (regular/seasonal) for tasting rounds, it’s hard to argue against spending an hour in here.
- It’s happy hour every day from 4:00-5:30 pm at Whiskey Creek in both Mammoth and Bishop – save a fortune on Mammoth Brewery drafts and get half off bar menu items.
- Mammoth Mountain routinely opens earlier and remains open later than other California resorts. It’s well known for it’s summer skiing. You might want to get there soon – it’s brewing in the rumor mill that Vail Resorts is about to purchase Mammoth and they will probably ruin every ounce of personality this wonderful place has. In the summer you can purchase day tickets to mountain bike from top to bottom.
- Take a day off from the slopes and visit June Lakes, an absolutely stunning series of lakes and rivers set under towering peaks and next to a quaint mountain town.
- Mammoth Mountain was formed in a series of volcanic eruptions that ended 57,000 years ago and still produces hazardous volcanic gases that kill trees and caused ski patroller fatalities in 2006. As a result, hot springs are abundant in the area.
- Bishop, CA is one of the western US’s best epicenters for rock-climbing. Make it a tri sport weekend: fish, bike and climb!