Exploring The Village at Mammoth in Winter

Winter is truly a magical time to visit Mammoth Lakes. Skiers and snowboarders, winter tourists and even locals share in the enthusiasm that seems to be a part of the cold, alpine air. Between the restaurants, events, shopping and access to the Village Gondola, The Village at Mammoth a hub for pre- and post-winter adventures. 

Here’s a guide to some of our favorite places to shop, eat and drink in The Village at Mammoth in the winter.

Also planning to visit in summer months? Learn more about exploring The Village at Mammoth in summer.

Winter Events in The Village at Mammoth

Woolly’s Saturday Parade

Every Saturday from mid-December to mid-April, join Woolly and his friends from Mammoth Ski and Snowboard School for Woolly’s Saturday Parade in The Village at Mammoth. From 3:30-4:30 pm families can enjoy music, dancing, hot chocolate and festivities for kids of all ages.

Live Music in The Village at Mammoth

Wind down after a long day of winter adventures with live music in The Village at Mammoth. Lakanuki Bar & Cafe, 53 Kitchen & Cocktails, Side Door Cafe and Wine Bar and Shelter Distilling all host live acts throughout the winter. You may also catch music or a silent DJ outside in the plaza when weather permits.

Check the events calendar to see when live music is scheduled.

Holiday Festivities in The Village at Mammoth

Visit The Village at Mammoth for holiday fun from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and for holiday weekends throughout the winter, including Easter. From the Holiday Tree Lighting and visits with Santa and Woolly to fireworks on the Village Gondola for New Year’s Eve and Easter activities with Woolly, holidays are always a treat in The Village at Mammoth.

Mammoth Film Festival

In February, the Mammoth Film Festival brings five days of films, events and red carpet world premieres to Mammoth Lakes, with The Village at Mammoth as the hub for the event.

Shopping in The Village at Mammoth

Alpine Approach 

Alpine Approach stocks outdoor apparel and gear from brands such as Patagonia, Arcteryx, The North Face and Icebreaker. 

Busy Beez General Store

Stock up on essentials and gourmet goodies, including produce, beer, wine and sundries at Busy Beez General Store, a quaint store reminiscent of a family-run general store.

Chato Boutique 

A men’s and women’s contemporary clothing shop, Chato Boutique carries designer apparel and accessories. 

First Street Leather 

At First Street Leather you’ll find upscale leather garments and accessories including belts, boots and wallets.

Hatley

Every kiddo looks great in Hatley‘s iconic jackets and fun clothing pieces (available in sizes for moms and dads, too).

Mammoth Shirt Co.

Show off your Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain pride with a t-shirt, active wear or souvenir from Mammoth Shirt Co.

Mammoth Sports 

At Mammoth Sports in The Village at Mammoth, you can rent ski and snowboard gear and buy just about everything you need (or forgot) for a day on the slopes. The store has four locations, including The Village at Mammoth.

McCoy’s

Shop the largest collection of Mammoth Mountain logo wear and souvenirs (Woolly stuffed animals are a big hit with the kids) at McCoy’s.

Surefoot 

You’re sure to get the right fit on ski boots at Surefoot, a shop is dedicated to fit and performance. 

Trendy Tots 

Trendy Tots is a children’s boutique with fun gift items including luxury children’s clothing, stuffed animals and games. 

Spas & Wellness in The Village at Mammoth

Simply Massage and Body Boutique 

A quick escape from the pace of life, at Simply Massage & Body Boutique you’ll find full-service spa treatments including massage, facials and energy work. 

Yoga Lab

Yoga Lab offers a variety of classes are offered to cater to a different experience and meet each student exactly where they are on their mat, physically and spiritually.

Restaurants in the Village at Mammoth

Bear Creek Pizza Den

Grab a quick slice of pizza or order an entire pie to go at Bear Creek Pizza Den, a casual order-at-the-counter pizzeria. 

Campo Mammoth

Campo Mammoth is a rustic Italian restaurant with an eclectic menu highlighting shared plates, salads, wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes. 

Gomez’s Restaurant Tequileria

Gomez’s Restaurant Tequileria offers classic Mexican-American cuisine, including tacos, burritos, fajitas and enchiladas.

53 Kitchen & Cocktails

The restaurant at 53 Kitchen & Cocktails serves food for the entire family, including burgers, sandwiches and nightly fish specials. 

Lakanuki Bar & Cafe

Known as a favorite nightlife hot spot, Lakanuki Bar & Cafe also serves dinner, with a menu of fresh organic cuisine in a casual island bar setting. 

Old New York Deli & Bakery Co.

Grab a quick bagel or breakfast sandwich from Old New York Deli & Bakery Co. to eat before a day outdoors or take a deli sandwich with you to go. 

The Pita Pit

When you need a quick, easy meal, The Pita Pit is the perfect place. Grab a bite filled with your favorite deli meats, cheeses and veggies.

Shelter Distilling

A stylish and cozy place to gather with friends, Shelter Distilling serves up small bites as well as cocktails, wine and beer, all distilled or brewed in house.

Side Door Café and Wine Bar

Tucked away on the Canyon Boulevard side of The Village at Mammoth, Side Door Cafe and Wine Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the savory crepes and paninis, or grab a quick muffin and coffee to go.  

Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop

Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop is an upscale, yet casual, chophouse serving the best ribs and steaks in The Village at Mammoth. 

Sushi Rei

Sushi Rei is the only sushi bar in The Village at Mammoth and it’s a great place to enjoy a ski or snowboard movie while ordering house specialty rolls and sake. 

Toomey’s

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Toomey’s offers house favorites, such as island-style pancakes, fish tacos, seafood jambalaya and wild buffalo meatloaf. 

Coffee & Desserts in The Village at Mammoth

Hugs Ice Cream

There are few things sweeter than choosing a scoop or two of ice cream from the large selection of flavors at Hugs Ice Cream. Or create your own cookie ice cream sandwich—a Hugs Ice Cream signature dessert.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Apples dipped in caramel or chocolate and then smothered in candy are a specialty at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Or, treat yourself to chocolate truffles and other sweet treats. 

Side Door Café and Wine Bar

In addition to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Side Door Cafe and Wine Bar offers coffee and espresso, an extensive selection of wines by the glass.

Starbucks

Craving a caffeine fix from a familiar brand? Starbucks in The Village at Mammoth is a great spot to cozy up with your favorite hot drink on a cold day.

Nightlife in The Village at Mammoth

Lakanuki Bar & Cafe

Lakanuki Bar & Cafe is one of Mammoth Lakes’ most popular spot for drinks and dancing. From après ski until closing time, the tiki bar has a laid back island vibe at 8,000 feet in the mountains. Local DJs spin music on the weekends and bands play on the stage for special events. 

53 Kitchen & Cocktails

After dinner hours, 53 Kitchen & Cocktails transforms into an upscale location for late night drinks and conversation. With a premium drink menu and weekend entertainment, the bar is a hot spot on winter nights in Mammoth Lakes. 

Shelter Distilling

A stylish and cozy place to gather with friends, Shelter Distilling offers cocktails crafted with its own spirits distilled in house as well as wine and beer made in house. Catch live music at the distillery on weekends throughout the winter.

Getting to the Village at Mammoth

By Shuttle

The Village at Mammoth is accessible via the free transit system from almost anywhere in town as well as from all of Mammoth Mountain’s lodges. From Main Lodge, use the red line. Hop on the blue line or the Village Gondola to get from Canyon Lodge to The Village at Mammoth. Or take the yellow line from Eagle Lodge. If you’re headed to The Village at Mammoth from your hotel, house or condo, check the winter bus schedule to see which bus line services your neighborhood.

By Car

If you decide to drive to The Village at Mammoth find parking (paid) in the adjacent lot on Berner Street.

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle is an outdoors, wine, and travel writer who would rather be running, climbing, or mountain biking. See more of Monica's posts here, read more of her work at monicaprelle.com and connect on twitter @monicaprelle

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