Family Fun & Snowplay
Family vacations in Mammoth Lakes are as much fun for parents as they are for kids. There are boundless recreational and educational opportunities that involve exploring the outdoors.
Fun in the Snow
Bundle up and make sure everybody's cozy, warm and comfortable—that way your day of fun will be more enjoyable. Find a good hill, make sure it isn't too steep for sledding and that there are no large rocks, tree roots or debris hidden under the snow. You can buy sleds at Do-it-Center, Rite Aid, Vons and a few sporting good stores in town.
Some suggestions on where to go:
Rock Creek Road is approximately 15 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes and is plowed all the way to East Fork Snowpark, where there are a variety of areas to sled and play in the snow.
There's also a large hill approximately 15 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes on U.S. Highway 395, on the southbound side where the divided highway ends, just before Deadman Summit. You may also sled and play in the snow anywhere on the Mammoth Scenic Loop, as long as you are not parked on or sledding on the road.
What would playing in the snow be without building a snowman? You'll need at least a few inches of snow on the ground, and make sure you wear gloves or mittens. Then let your imagination take over. Snow angels are another classic pastime on snowy days that are also really fun to create! Another classic—a good, old-fashioned snowball fight. There are so many fun things to do in the snow.
Take the family out for tubing fun and a snowplay area at Woolly's Tube Park & Snowplay, located on the right side of Minaret Road on your way up to the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge. For more information on Woolly's Tube Park & Snowplay, call 760-934-7533.
More Fun in the Snow
Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoeing:
Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500
Sierra Club-Range of Light, 760-934-1767
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, 760-934-2442
Dog Sled Rides:
Mammoth Dog Teams, 760-914-1019
Frosty's Miniature Golf, 760-914-2104
Located on Old Mammoth Road next to the Sierra Nevada Lodge. Open year-round.
Scenic Gondola Rides / Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, 800-626-6684
Skiing / Snowboarding:
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, 800-626-6684
Bishop Motorsports, 760-872-4717
DJ's Snowmobiles, 760-935-4480
Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, 760-934-9645
Pick up a Winter Recreation Map at the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes at the entrance to town on State Highway 203.
The Station at Sierra Meadows Ranch, 760-965-4272
When the weather outside is frightful, huddle up indoors!
Being indoors on a snowy day can be just as much fun as being outdoors. Have an indoor picnic. Get creative and put down white blankets, and eat only white food as if you were in the snow, or build tents, roast marshmallows and make s'mores as if you were having a campout. Bake cookies—yum and lots of fun! Make crafts or play board games. Make some popcorn and hot chocolate, and watch movies. You can rent movies from Redbox kiosks at Vons, 760-934-4536.
More indoor fun:
Mammoth Rock 'n' Bowl, 760-934-4200
McDonald's Indoor Play Area, 760-934-3357
Snowcreek Athletic Club, 760-934-8511
The above information is subject to change.