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Mammoth Mountain

Yes, Mammoth is the nearest “true big mountain” to Los Angeles. But snow-loving Californians migrate to this windswept and view-blessed knob in the eastern Sierra for reasons beyond the obvious. Mammoth’s natural terrain variety (no. 4) is among North America’s best, delivering quality and abundance across the spectrum: broad beginner boulevards, corduroy fall-line carvers, piney glades, radical steeps. Its 3,500-plus scenic and open acres are sunkissed yet get hammered with more than 33 feet of mostly dry high-altitude snow annually. Lifts (no. 7) are swift and well laid out. Off-slope, the Village at Mammoth has matured into the amenity the diffuse Town of Mammoth Lakes needs. “The biggest weakness at Mammoth” according to one reader: “You can’t ski between Fourth of July and Halloween.” —S.R.

Must Do » Sample the best of Mammoth Brewing Company’s 17 years of awardwinning craft creations in its tasting room.

Bragging Rights » The Paranoids, steep, narrow and technical chutes, drop precipitously off of Mammoth’s crest. Yikes.

What’s New» A high-speed quad replaces Chair 5; direct flights from San Diego and Orange County bring the number of cities connecting to Mammoth Lakes Airport up to five.

Mammoth Dog Teams

Mammoth Dog Teams
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From quick 50-minute jaunts to multiple-day overnight excursions, Mammoth Dog Teams has a little something for everyone.

Dog sledding is more than an arduous multiday event in the Alaskan wilderness. Mammoth Dog Teams maintains an experienced crew of 37 dogs ready and panting to take your family on a beautiful and thrilling adventure into the wilds of the Eastern Sierra.  From quick 50-minute jaunts to multiple-day overnight excursions, Mammoth Dog Teams has a little something for everyone. Learn about the history (stretching back to the late 1920’s in the Mammoth area) and inner-workings of a sled dog team as you mush along through some of the most scenic country in California.


Rope-tow access to sledding means you don't have to hike back up.

You know the hardest part about sledding? It’s getting to the bottom of the hill, excited from the rush of flying downhill only to realize that now you’ve got to tromp back up the hill to do it again. Sledz takes out that extra effort, providing full rope-tow access to their tubing hill on Minaret road, on the way to the Main Lodge. Experience the thrilling rush of flying down the mountain in a safe and friendly environment. Sledz is cash only though so make sure to hit the ATM back in town.

Intouch Microspa

Intouch Microspa
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The science of skin and body is combined with a personal experience.

Intouch Microspa aims to combine the science of skin and body care with the art of a unique, and personal experience to provide the kind of quality service its customers have come to love. The relaxation begins the moment you step in the door with a warm soothing neck wrap and a complimentary cup of 100% organic Aveda comforting tea. In business since 1989, Intouch offers a comprehensive facial, skin, and massage options, all catered to individual skin types and needs. If you’re in town with friends, Intouch can also craft a variety of spa sampler parties for your group.

Healing Arts Centre and Movement Studio

Healing Arts Centre and Movement Studio
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A full-body and holistic approach to wellness.

Focusing on a more holistic approach to therapy and rejuvenation and offering more movement-oriented options than a traditional spa, the Healing Arts Centre and Movement Studio deals in a more spiritual and full-body approach to relaxation and treatment. In addition to massages, facials, body wraps, and aroma therapy the Movement Studio also provides yoga, pilates, and even dance and martial arts classes to suit any need or ability level. The Healing Arts Centre’s staff strives to provide a warm, friendly, relaxing, and healing environment with a personalized touch for all their guests.

Belladonna Mammoth Massage & Day Spa

Belladonna Mammoth Massage & Day Spa
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Experience a mountain-chic spa experience.

Located inside the Best Western High Sierra Hotel, Belladonna offers a wide range of services to meet your needs. With fireside massages the experience is true mountain-chic. Belladonna also offers in-room massages for Best Western guests or even sends therapists out to your condo or home. Having a girls’ weekend? Belladonna can put together a spa party for a fun, relaxing afternoon or evening of pampering for you and your girlfriends right in your own home.

Bodyworks Mountain Spa

Bodyworks Mountain Spa
Enjoy a day at Mammoth’s original spa.

Bodyworks is Mammoth’s original spa. With its location on the second floor above the Mammoth Luxury Outlets you can shop ‘til you drop before spending a relaxing hour or two rejuvenating body and soul so that you’ll be ready to hit the slopes again the next day. Bodyworks’ calm, sunny, and soothing environment offers a myriad of massage options as well as facials, body wraps, and full body scrubs. For those looking for a slightly more romantic spa experience, Bodyworks specializes in couples massages. All treatments include use of the sauna and Whirlpool spa.

Creekside Spa at the Double Eagle

Creekside Spa at the Double Eagle
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A singular presence in the Eastern Sierra.

The resort's serene spa and fitness center is a singular presence in the Eastern Sierra, offering more than 40 body treatments, whirlpools, steam rooms, a juice bar, a full-service salon, a serious fitness center and a 60-foot indoor lap pool in a solarium. If natural waters are more your style, Double Eagle also has access to private fishing claims, jumping with trophy-sized trout.

Pizzeria Cervinia

Nothing says apres-ski like fondue.

Dunk into the Fonduta, a Northern Italian-style fondue made with truffled Fontina cheese and served with a house-cured dry salami and black bread at this slopeside trattoria (formerly The Yodler). Easy to locate, the restaurant is adjacent to the Main Lodge at the base.
Mammoth Lakes, California | 760.934.0636

Ghost Town: Bodie

Ghost Town: Bodie
Ghost Town Bodie
Hike or drive to the ghost town of Bodie, an hour north of Mammoth where it was once the second largest city in California and a thriving gold and silver mining town.


[ Mon, 2010-07-12 11:33 ]
One woman’s mammoth ski mission starts at Mammoth.

The last day of an extra long winter for Mammoth Mountain, first day of a year-long winter for me. I’m kicking off my global skiathon to benefit disabled sports organizations around the world. I aim to increase exposure, raise awareness and funding for adaptive ski programs through my efforts. Every cent donated will go directly to the organizations, and I plan to add to the list as I travel, helping the local mountain programs wherever I go.

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