By Derek Taylor
Let’s face it: most of us can’t throw down for a 4-star hotel room every time we want to go on a ski trip—especially if we expect to go on more than one. We want to have a good time, be comfortable, hassle-free, and most of all, still have some money in the savings account. Here are five practical places in Mammoth.
Stay: The Sierra Lodge is located in town on the bus route and walking distance to restaurants and bars. Depending on the time of year, it's possible to find rooms for under $100 a night.
Ski/Ride: Base out of Chair 2, aka the Stump Alley Express, which has parking and a lodge with food and drink at the base, and terrain for just about any level. It's also central to the resort, so you can access a bevy of other lifts from the top.
Eat: Roberto's Café features authentic Mexican food with hearty portions and a full liquor license. They have a daily happy hour as well as daily lunch and dinner specials.
Drink: The Clocktower Cellar in the basement of the Alpenhof Lodge has 150 whiskies and 26 beers to choose from, pool and foosball.
Down Day: Cross country ski, snow shoe or ice fish at Tamarack Lodge.