1 . The Westin Monache Resort

Mammoth Lakes, California

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We wish they all could be California gir...uhhh, Mammoth Lakes resorts. Suffice to say, since seeing our No. 1 pick, Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California, we are a bit more than obsessed with the astounding quality and class they deliver.

Westin Monache Resort has successfully harnessed their surroundings and molded a California destination flourishing with alpine character and modern sophistication. Seven large California River Rocks are suspended from the entrance of the resort and lead your goggling eyes to Whitebark Restaurant and Bar. The nature-influenced décor continues here with 375 of the same River Rocks hanging over the bar area. The restaurant is constructed with American chestnut wood that was gathered from barns in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. But what about the outside, you ask? Beyond the heated outdoor pool that has almost weekly live entertainment, there is the towering Mammoth Mountain itself. Satiate your snow sports appetite. Rated #1 ski resort in North America in 2004 by TransWorld Magazine, the more than 3,500 skiable acres and 3,100 vertical feet prove that ranking tried and true. Or, trade the skis for a snowmobile, pair of skates or Huskies and a dog sled!

Related activities

Visit Westin in warm weather too! When the ice melts, pristine alpine lakes and cascading waterfalls accompanied by Orvis guides makes fly-fishing season a must. You can also drink up the scenery from the top – by mountain-climbing!

Fun facts

Westin Monache Resort wants to make your stay as stress-free as possible, so take advantage of their local shuttle service, onsite parking, pet services and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Not every member of your party has to be a hard-core cold sport enthusiast. There is plenty of space to sled, build a snowman or make a snow angel! The skating rink also has hockey games to participate in if your thrill lies on frozen lakes instead of mountain slopes.

2 . Mammoth 8050

Mammoth Lakes, California

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The higher the altitude, the more elevated the elegance without scaling prices. Can this truly be? Yes, we assure you, it is, at our No. 2 spot, 8050 Mammoth. At a height of 8,050 feet we’re fairly certain you’ll win King of the Mountain with these luxurious residences and top-notch amenities.

8050 outfits you with a balanced blend of modernity and rustic mountain influences. Using materials like wood, stone and copper coupled with contemporary furnishings such as bedroom flat-screen TVs, living room fieldstone and slate fireplaces, slate bathroom floors with a pebble border and many other touches of interior design genius. Make 8050 your second home through residence ownership. The dynamic Destination Club Management team can turn your mammoth-sized dream a Mammoth Lakes reality! 8050 goes above and beyond with three rooftop hot tubs and the Rooftop Spa. Make sure to enjoy a delicious libation in the member’s lounge after a satisfying day on the slopes! And speaking of slopes, 8050 provides a private sky bridge to access the 15-person gondola that takes skiers to the summit of Mammoth Mountain or for those you want to experience the panoramic beauty of Mammoth Lakes from an aerial view.

Mountain range

8050 Mammoth Private Residence Club and Mammoth Mountain are located in the Sierra Mountain range.

Related Onsite Offerings

Amenities and services at 8050 Mammoth include climate-controlled wine storage, pre-arrival grocery shopping and valet underground parking.

Fun facts

When you become an owner of a residence in 8050, you are also part of Elite Alliance in which you receive exchange privileges with other high quality residence clubs across the globe.

3 . Juniper Springs Resort

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Some people were just born with skis on their feet and naturally slice up snowy slopes, which is why we’ve placed Juniper Springs Resort as our No. 3 pick. Mammoth’s premier ski in/ski out is now at your fingertips – or, should we say at your toe-tips?

A sweet mixture of peace and exhilaration awaits you at Juniper Springs Resort. Its proximity to Mammoth Village but secluded, elevated location in the mountains gives you a convenient and private California alpine vacation. It’s simple to see why Juniper Springs Resort was named in Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 50 Ski Resorts. Located at the Eagle Express chair lift and with an exclusive in-house ski and snowboard rental shop, you will have no trouble finding skis, snowboards, tickets, lessons or a hot cup of hot cocoa. Relax your exercised muscles in one of the outdoor hot tubs and don’t be afraid to do so while sticking out your tongue to catch a snowflake! However, if you are thirsty, stop by The Daily Grind for an invigorating espresso. Around the clock front desk service, a fitness center, gas fireplace and golf course nearby are the added bonuses to this already magnificent mountain getaway!

Related Onsite Offerings

Guests at Juniper Springs Resort can enjoy bell service, underground parking, and kitchens, dining areas and balconies in their rooms.

Fun facts

Transportation to The Village, Main Street and Canyon Lodge on weekends and in the evenings on weekdays is complimentary as well as transfers to and from the Mammoth Airport.

Getting there

From Hwy. 203, turn left at the first stoplight onto Old Mammoth Rd. Then turn right onto Meridian Blvd. and continue until the end of the boulevard until you reach the Juniper Springs and Eagle Lodge resort area.

4 . The Village Lodge

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Snow-lined pathways outlined by trees with twinkling lights wrapped around their bare branches and the glowing windows of your lodging up ahead. This quaint village is not the setting of a fairy-tale, it’s the modern day resort on your Mammoth Lakes ski vacation and our No. 4 pick!

In the heart of The Village of Mammoth, The Village Lodge has rooms ranging from a comfy studio to spacious three-bedroom condos, not to mention a stellar central location. A few steps from the front door is the Village Gondola which allows access to Mammoth Mountain glorious views of its peaks. If you’re more of a summer month vacationer, The Village offers bike storage and is conveniently close to the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Shuttle, which has trails that suit every level of cycling talent. Pedal leisurely and take in the mountain plant and animal life or attempt daring new moves on only two wheels. The Village Lodge is your Mammoth Lakes playground. Find your pleasure in the European-style setting. Relax in one of five hot tubs or the heated pool. And if you want some activity indoors, workout to your heart’s content in one of three fitness rooms.

Related Onsite Offerings

For your convenience, The Village Lodge has an arcade, media room and in-house ski and snowboard rental shop.

Fun facts

The Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes is 8,000 feet above sea level. It is the highest golf course in California.

Getting there

From Hwy. 203, continue straight on 203/Main St. Go through the second stoplight (Minaret Rd.) and turn right at the next stoplight, Canyon Blvd. You will pass The Village on your right. Turn right on Hillside Dr. and another right on Forest Trail. The Village check-in and lobby entrance is on the right-hand side of Forest Trail.

5 . Tamarack Lodge

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Not only does the Mammoth Lakes resort in our No. 5 spot overlook one of the many California lakes, its delectable culinary offerings give you further incentive (as if you need any) to ski the Mammoth Mountain slopes all day, every day. Your food and fun-fueled Mammoth Lakes vacation begins at Tamarack Lodge!

Mammoth Lodging – Tamarack Lodge’s management company – likes to say that nothing but a down comforter and a door comes between you and the Mammoth Lakes slopes. While we admit it’s a big of an exaggeration, we think you’ll forgive them for bragging once you lay eyes – and skis – on the pristine powder of the nearby Mammoth Mountain slopes. But don’t hit the slopes without taking us – or rather, Tamarack Lodge – up on the bountiful menu offerings we promised. The lodge’s Lakefront Restaurant serves up to-die-for dishes like smoked trout and pan-seared veal tenderloin. We recommend saving room for one of this Mammoth Lake eatery’s divine desserts, including wild blueberry tarts! Those looking for a year-round Mammoth Lakes mountain experience won’t be disappointed; Tamarack Lodge shines in every season. Education blends seamlessly with recreation in most of Tamarack Lodge’s daily offerings, from expert fly fishing and mountain biking instruction to laidback lodge staples like storytelling and s’mores around the campfire.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tamarack Lodge was rated one of Conde Nast Traveler's Top 50 Ski Resort properties and one of Sunset Magazine’s Top 10 Lakeside Resorts.

Highlights

Receive a complimentary copy of Mammoth Adventures – a brand new guide book and map featuring the best hikes, rides, day trips and fishing spots in Mammoth – when you stay at Tamarack Lodge.

Fun facts

Historic Tamarack Lodge and Resort has been welcoming guests to the shores of Twin Lakes since 1924.

6 . Sierra Lodge

Mammoth Lakes, California

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If we wanted to be practical, we could tell you that we chose the Mammoth Lakes resort in our No. 6 spot for its comfortable accommodations and convenient main street location. But we’re feeling a bit daring, so we’ll divulge a little secret: we chose Sierra Lodge for its ability to offer a thrill seeker’s paradise in every season!

Warning: The following may cause you to abandon your normally sensible nature, convince you to ignore your inner voice of reason and even persuade you to hop a flight and indulge in some borderline reckless behavior at Sierra Lodge. Since legally we can’t be held responsible for such actions, we give you the green light! Speaking of green, there’s plenty of it to be hiked, mountain biked and explored in area surrounding Sierra Lodge, but California adventures reach new heights inside Yosemite National Park. Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls are just the few of the natural wonders waiting to be discovered within this world-famous park! California’s aptly-named Convict Lake was once the site of a standoff between trigger-happy escaped convicts and local law enforcement, but today this Mammoth Lakes beauty boasts rugged mountain scenery made for hiking, sheer cliffs meant to be climbed and even a lake, formed by receding glaciers, that’s brimming with freshwater fish.

Highlights

Your Sierra Lodge vacation includes a free shuttle service to jet you off to adventure in style and an outdoor Jacuzzi for relieving well-earned aches and pains.

Getting there

Sierra Lodge is conveniently located in downtown Mammoth Lakes on Main Street and just past the post office and Angel’s Restaurant. The lodge is within walking distance to shops, restaurants and nightlife, while the new village is less than a mile from its front door. Route 120 into Yosemite National Park is only 20 minutes away by car.

Fun facts

Sierra Lodge was the first non-smoking hotel in the Mammoth Lakes area for your health and to insure the freshest and cleanest hotel rooms in Mammoth.

7 . Mammoth Creek Inn

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Mammoth Lakes is primarily known as one of America’s top-rated ski towns, but the same factors that make it a delight to ski – fresh powder, crisp mountain air and breathtaking California scenery – also make it perfectly suited for romantic weekends, especially when you journey to the resort in our No. 7 spot, the Mammoth Creek Hotel.

When it comes to planning a romantic California getaway that’s simply unforgettable, Mammoth Creek Hotel’s deluxe romance packages – complete with chilled champagne, dipped strawberries from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and an in-suite massage for two – let you enjoy the fruits of your romantic weekend without lifting a finger. As if that weren’t enough to satisfy your special someone, the Mammoth Lakes area is bursting at the seams with equally amorous activities. Scenic gondola rides, horseback riding and kayaking can all be enjoyed in tandem in summer months, while snowmobile excursions through the Mammoth wilderness are an excellent excuse to get close when the weather turns cold. Mammoth Creek’s lodge rooms, suites and lofts are outfitted with everything you could wish for when it’s time to take a break from Mammoth Mountain’s slopes. Down comforters, plush robes and private balconies with views of the Sherwin Mountains offer you and yours just the right blend of luxurious comfort and mountain ambiance!

Highlights

The Mammoth Creek Hotel offers free airport shuttle to and from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport for your convenience.

Fun facts

The Mammoth Creek Hotel is pleased to present Mammoth’s first Chinese restaurant, Shangri La, and the all-new M Creek Spa, Mammoth’s first full-service spa.

Related Onsite Offerings

Breakfast baskets from the Mammoth Creek Hotel include orange juice, coffee, eggs, bacon, pancake mix, maple syrup, a loaf of banana nut bread and fresh fruit to start your day off right.

8 . Summit Condominiums

Mammoth Lakes, California

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American photographer Ansel Adams was so inspired by this California mountain town that many of its peaks, valleys and pine forests are showcased throughout his work. But even a camera-wielding genius like Adams can’t do justice to what it’s like to actually experience Mammoth Mountain. For that, we recommend our No. 8 pick, Summit Condominiums.

Don’t worry, we still plan to give Summit’s spacious condos their dues. But first, we think a proper introduction to Mammoth Lakes is in order – in the form of a half-day trip to the Ansel Adams Gallery, that is. His black and white photographs are stunning, to be sure, but we didn’t fully appreciate them until we stepped outside the gallery’s doors and straight into a living version of his work. And we weren’t the only ones; someone at Summit was so impressed with Adams that an entire building at this Mammoth Lake ski resort bears his name! We may have moved on from Adams and into the accommodations, but we don’t know how we’re going to do justice to Summit’s Mammoth Lake condo rentals. It’s probably best to just stick to the facts. Like the fact that Summit condos come in an incredible variety of shapes and sizes, from pet-friendly one-bedroom lofts to sprawling three bedrooms at the foot of Eagle Lodge lifts.

Highlights

Mammoth Mountain offers hiking, biking and more in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in summer months.

Fun facts

Summit Condominiums offers numerous guest services such as the Sweetheart Special and Children's Package, restaurant recommendations and ski equipment rental vouchers.

Getting there

From Los Angeles, take State Route 14 north from Los Angeles to U.S. 395. Take U.S. 395 north to Bishop. Continue north on U.S. 395 to Hwy. 203. Take Hwy. 203 west to Mammoth. Mammoth Mountain is about 323 miles from Los Angeles.

9 . Austria Hof Lodge

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Looking for an authentic Austrian experience without the expense of a lengthy across-the-pond flight? “Willkommen” to Austria Hof Lodge, the Mammoth Lake resort in our No. 9 spot. The Austria Hof may be inspired by the motherland, but you can forgo the traditional leiderhosen in favor of ski pants – this California mountain lodge is all about the slopes!

There’s a reason – or three, depending who you ask – that Austria Hof Lodge sells more Mammoth Mountain ski packages than their competition. It only makes sense given the lodge’s location a mere 200 yards from the Village gondola and Mammoth slopes. It definitely doesn’t hurt that the lodge offers some of California’s most luxurious ski accommodations, with granite countertops, premium down bedding and jetted tubs in most of its three diamond hotel rooms. And the lodge’s ability to offer complete and convenient ski packages at the best prices surely has something to do with it. But if you ask us, it’s Austria Hof Lodge’s dizzying array of après-ski activities that puts them out of reach of other Mammoth Lakes lodges. Like a lounge that serves up signature martinis and specialty coffees, an outdoor Jacuzzi with panoramic views of the Mammoth slopes and an endless list of nightlife options scattered about town, to name a few. We were especially impressed by the hot spiced wines and savory German specialties (think schnitzel, spaetzle and sauerkraut) offered up in the Austria Hof Restaurant – Mammoth’s only authentic German restaurant!

Fun facts

During the summer months, the Mammoth ski slopes transform into the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park with numerous trails converging right outside Austria Hof Lodge’s front doors.

Related Onsite Offerings

Mammoth Lakes condos, conveniently located near the slopes and the village, are also available through the Austria Hof Lodge.

Getting there

Take Hwy. 203 to the Mammoth Lakes exit to Main Street. Continue up Main Street through three stoplights. Turn right at the third stoplight onto Canyon Boulevard. Follow Canyon Boulevard one mile to the Austria Hof Lodge, located at the top of the road on the right and next to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area at Canyon Lodge.

10 . Seasons 4 Condominium Rentals

Mammoth Lakes, California

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The name of our No. 10 spot says it all: four seasons of action-packed Mammoth Mountain adventure paired with luxurious condo rentals at the center of them all. Located in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood, Seasons 4 Condominium Rentals offers you all the convenience – without the infamous California congestion – on your Mammoth Lakes ski vacation.

Mammoth Mountain is known for its deep powder, challenging terrain and world-class runs. With a convenient location less than a quarter mile from the ski lifts and snow-covered slopes of Canyon Lodge, Seasons 4 is one of the finest – and closest – ways to experience this alpine playground. But this Mammoth Lake ski resort wasn’t content to just be the closest; it also insisted on being the most convenient. With a wide range of lift ticket and lodging packages available, plus a Mammoth shuttle that stops just outside Seasons 4’s doors, it’s never been easier to carve, jump and soar on your California ski vacation! Like its name suggests, Seasons 4 Condominium Rentals specializes in four-season experiences. From the gondola, restaurants and shopping of Village at Mammoth to the not one, but five pristine California lakes that make up the Mammoth Lakes basin, this California ski resort lets you discover Mammoth your way. With a full range of California condo rentals to choose from, Seasons 4 makes it simple to find the lodging that suits you!

Highlights

Mammoth Mountain features 3,500 ski-able acres, more than 26 chair lifts and four Unbound snowboard parks.

Related Onsite Offerings

Seasons 4’s onsite recreation room is equipped with ping-pong, a pool table, a hot spa, dry sauna and in late spring and summer, a heated swimming pool.

Fun facts

Fall is a great time in Mammoth for some breathtaking photography. Drink a glass of wine by Crowley Lake, or stroll along Rock Creek and consume the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows settling in the trees.

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