By Derek Taylor
With quick access to the tallest peaks in the United States and some of the best freestyle terrain parks in the world, Mammoth Mountain has long been a haven of the core ski and snowboard crowd. But it’s only in the last decade, with the opening of Mammoth Lakes airport and the construction of the mountain village that it has morphed into a place where you could really step up your game off the slopes as well. Here are five spots to impress in Mammoth Lake.
Stay: At the Westin Monache Resort. Walking distance to the gondola and the village, the Westin features fine dining in the Whitebark restaurant, a pool and hot tup, an outdoor skating rink in the winter, and a Kid's Club to ditch the little ones for an hour or two.
Ski/Ride: The pro park in the Mammoth Unbound Terrain Park. Mammoth is a popular destination for pro skiers and snowboarders for a reason: simply put, they build one of the best terrain park systems in the country. The Pro Park open to the public and located within view of the main lodge deck, where people gather for Aprés. Know your abilities before you try to hurl yourself off any of these massive kickers. Contrary to 60s movie stereotypes, no one in a ski town is impressed with crutches.
Drink: The Whitebark in the Westin. Classy but laid-back atmosphere, and offers a sushi bar is you want an appetizer before heading out to dinner.
Eat: Petra's Bistro and Wine Bar. Located in the Alpenhof Lodge, Petra's is right across the street from the Village, but is part of Mammoth's old-school architecture. The menu features everything from short ribs to seafood.
Down day: Snowcreek Spa and Athletic club. Get a massage, use the pool and hot tub, or if a day off the slopes is more than your obsessive fitness schedule can handle, work out or play racquetball.