Mammoth Travel Guide

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Mammoth Things to Do

  • Camping

    Instead of writing down all the things and places you can go and camp, let me help you out better by leading you to a good website to start your search.Wondering if you should camp around Mammoth Lakes? Do you like mountain scenery, lakes, hiking, maybe fishing, and a major town close enough to make you feel secure and comfortable?

  • Besides the obvious?

    Mammoth has some of the best terrain I've skied, and it's close enough for Southern Californian transplants to get there in under 8 hours. Head to the top if you're an expert and looking for a good share of double-blacks. If you're a beginner, I suggest "Sesame Street."

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Mammoth Restaurants

  • So-so Seafood

    Here is why I hated this restaurant: I ordered a Shrimp Caesar salad for approximately $12.95. This is a salad you can get anywhere, even at a supermarket and be reasonably satisfied. My salad was served on a smallish dinner/side salad plate with several shrimp arranged on top...the shrimp were cut in half lengthwise, so instead of 8 shrimp, I had...

  • Central drinking hole

    This is one of the new restaurants created in the Intrawest 'Town Center'. New, bright, sometimes loud, sometimes crowded 30 something crowd, expensive, no real culture.It does get busy for apres-ski since it is right next to the town gondola and the wanabes offloading down and the first thing they see to sit down is this bar. Bar food, burgers....

  • Island Theme Restaurant Sports Bar

    A lot of different theories about the name of this restaurant/sports bar/danceclub.The real story of how the name Lakanuki came to be is the owner named it such because at the time this restaurant was being built, his wife was pregnant and he wasn't getting any bedroom play. Hence Lack of nuki. Drinks are nice and strong. But the food is pretty...

  • Good Grub Food

    Stuffed Pita bread with deli and produce with unique dressings.Where the local teens go to feed their appetite.

  • The worst Irish Coffees in the world?

    We really weren't impressed with Hennessey's. They were really busy on the night we visited, so we expected service to be a little slower - there were lots of families and big groups in there before us.We sat down and I think it took the waitress 10 minutes to bring our menu's, then another 10 minutes for the beer to arrive, then another 10 minutes...

  • Always cold !?

    Dublins has a great atmosphere and gets really busy on an evening especially towards the weekends. The Guiness is good, and they don't skimp on the Jack Daniels!The food is OK , but could have been better if it was served warm and on warm plates. In fact the whole place could have been better if it was warm! No matter where we sat we always ended...

  • A bit rough around the edges but great...

    To be honest I really didn't want to eat here as it looked like a complete dive - tables not cleared away, kids running riot, scary looking customers etc! But the pizza was worth it. Huge portions for just a few dollars, and really tasty. If you're on a budget then this place is recommended. I can recommend the spinach and pesto pizza :-)

  • The best bagels!

    A deli/fast food style eaterie with a HUGE menu!!A great place for breakfast before heading up the mountain, and cheaper than eating in the lodges/cafe's up there Omlette with potatoes, cinnamon toasted bagels with fruit, bacon & egg on onion bagel

  • Delicious Food - extensive wine list

    We walked past Petra's on a Sunday evening and it was shut, but tried again later in the week and got a table straight away.It looks quite small from the street but once inside it's quite the opposite and has a large open fire in the middle of it!The menu isn't that extensive but what they do have is quite variedOne point to note is that they have...


Mammoth Nightlife

  • Great Atmosphere

    Lakanukis is a little bit of Hawaii in the mountains!We used to head here after a day on the slopes for many jugs of Coors Light and a plate of nachos. The staff are really friendly and very attentive, the bar is stocked with plenty of draught and bottle beers and every spirit you can think of!They have live bands, DJ's, and competition nights -...

  • Brrrrrrrr

    Don't think that just because you're in a ski town, you can't go out and get down. Hit up Freeze in downtown Mammoth if you want to dance to some hip hop. Or do the moon walk... Bring a coat so you don't freeze in line--they've got a $2 coat check inside.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Mammoth Transportation

  • Getting around Mammoth

    The free shuttle bus is a must if you want to get around Mammoth Lakes. Sometimes it's just too cold to walk!!We were quite a walk from Old Mammoth Road where some of the shops and bars were so we took advantage of the shuttle a few times. The timetables are stuck on the bus stops, and they usually run every half hour or so

  • Flights and transfers

    We booked flights on the Internet with American Airlines. We kept checking the prices all througout summer 2004 to wait until they were quite reasonable and eventually got a return flight for £380.Outbound was Manchester-Chicago-Reno,then as we were going to Miami afterwards we then travelled Reno-Dallas Forth Worth-Miami, and finally getting home...

  • Fly and Drive

    Mammoth lies between LA and Vegas, but is closer to Reno's airport. We flew into Reno and drove the ~150 miles to Mammoth. I remember the drive to be really bland in the beginning, but really beautiful as the trip progressed into the mountains.It is still within distance of Vegas and LA at ~300 miles each.


Mammoth Shopping

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    by Helen196 Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    If you're like me and you like Volcom, Bonfire, Vans etc you know how ridiculously overpriced it is in the UK, which is why you need to save all your pennies and have a spending spree in Mammoth! Wave Rave on Main Street is one of the largest snow/skate shops in Mammoth, and has SOOOOOOO much fantastic clothes in there you won't come away disappointed! Try Unbound in the Village as well - not as big but still carry good stock.

    All of the shops had discount on snowboards and boarding clothes so I would definately wait to buy that board you want until you get there.

    I wanted a Salomon Ivy and the cheapest I could get it for here was £280. In one of the shops it was going for the equivalent of £150 - I really wish I had waited, but I bought a Nitro Fate in the UK which was about £100 less in Mammoth :-( oh well!

    What to buy: Snowboards, boarding clothes, gloves, hoodies, jeans, hats, bags, goggles

    What to pay: About half of what you would pay in the UK e.g Volcom hoodie - £70 in the UK - £32 in Wave Rave

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Mammoth Local Customs

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    by kcochran111 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    This is the mountain hangout of choice before, during, and especially after hitting the slopes. Spin the wheel if you're feelin' lucky!

    The Yodler opens at 11 a.m. Just in case you don't feel like skiing, or need more liquid courage by then...

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Mammoth Tourist Traps

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    by kzapanta Written Aug 15, 2007

    What a joke. Starwoods is making a P.R. report that they are increasing the pillow total of the town. Yeah, that's true but only for the luxury end. None for the normal accomodations most snow riders prefer.

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Mammoth Off The Beaten Path

  • by rene82 Written Dec 24, 2011

    In the summer months, take a shuttle from the Mammoth Lakes ski area to the Agnew Meadows trail head (on the way to Devil's Postpile) and explore the miles of trails visiting stunning mountains and alpine lakes. Perfect for a multi-night backpacking excursion. Don't forget the mosquito repellent!

    Ediza Lake Iceberg Lake Garnet Lake Thousand Island Lake Pacific Crest Trail
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking
    • Camping

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Mammoth Sports & Outdoors

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    by Jmill42 Written Dec 19, 2002

    With skiing/boarding being number one on everbody's wish-list around here, the prices are exorbitant. They aren't the most expensive I have seen, but they are definitely up there!

    Adults (19 - 65) are $60 Sat-Sun and holidays. $57 Mon-Fri, Non-Holiday

    Teens (13-18) are $45 and $43

    Children 7-12 and old fogies, 65 and up are $30 and$29

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Mammoth Favorites

  • 614 inches of snow 2004/5 season

    This is me and Chris in front of a pile of Mammoth snow. This is how much snow fell during 04/05. In fact it was already melting when we got there so the pile was probably higher than this before we got there! If you're planning a trip out there for skiiing or boarding I don't think you will be disappointed with the conditions. The snow is a little...

  • Our grizzly friend

    Little Grizzly is located in the Village Square.There's plenty of shops for you to spend your money on in the Village - Splash Bath & Body, Once upon a Christmas, Unbound, Livin' Art, Munchkins kids clothes and many more!

  • Mammoth Lakes

    Mammoth Lakes is the town at the base of the mountain and is the place where we stayed. I would definitely recommend doing the same thing, because of the higher prices you will pay for the convienence of staying at the resort lodgings at the slopes edge. It is only about a 20 minute drive from the town to the resort, mainly because of having to go...


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