FAQs for COVID-19 Recreation & Activities
If you plan to visit Mammoth Lakes this winter, staying informed about the current state of COVID-19 risks and travel restrictions is important for keeping yourself and our community safe. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about recreation and safety protocols in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding areas.
Is Mammoth Lakes open?
Mammoth Lakes is currently operating under California’s orange tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Am I required to wear a mask in Mammoth Lakes?
Masks are required in all public spaces in Mammoth Lakes, including outdoor spaces such as in lines and on chair lifts.
Is Mammoth Mountain open?
Mammoth Mountain is currently open daily, with limited access to terrain (conditions permitting). Staff is working hard to keep guests safe on the mountain with new safety protocols, contactless rentals, mandatory pre-booking of lift tickets, preference to season pass holders and reduced capacity for all indoor spaces, including lodges and transportation.
NOTE: Advanced purchase is required for lift tickets. Season pass holders are not required to make reservations at this time.
What activities are open in Mammoth Lakes?
Most activities in Mammoth Lakes are permitted to open as conditions permit. Contact any open activities for information about safety precautions and new systems in place to keep guests safe:
- Mammoth Mountain – open*
- Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center – open*
- Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play – open*
- Mammoth Ice Rink – closed for the season
- Snowmobile Tours – open with limited availability*
- Snowcat Tours – closed; no operations for the 2020/21 season
- Scenic Gondola – open*
- Mammoth Rock N Bowl – open
- Minaret Cinemas – open
Are hotels and other lodging rentals open?
Lodging is open to individual households as part of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Lodging properties and their guests are required to follow all state and local guidelines for safer travel.
Can I rent or purchase recreation equipment at retail stores in town?
Mammoth Lakes retail stores are open for in-store purchases and rentals with limited capacity as well as curbside pick-up. Check the store’s website or contact the store directly for more information about hours of operation and available services.
Are restaurants in Mammoth Lakes open?
Most restaurants in Mammoth Lakes are open for indoor dining with limited seating. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are preferred.
If you choose to order takeout, send only one member of your party into the restaurant to pick up your order to help eliminate crowding in waiting areas.
NOTE: Masks are required at restaurants while picking up takeout, including in waiting areas unless you are actively eating or drinking.
Are any events happening in Mammoth Lakes?
Many Mammoth Lakes events have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. Some virtual events may still be available during your visit.
What transportation options are available in Mammoth Lakes?
Public transportation is currently operating at limited percent capacity. See the COVID-19 Transportation Safety page for more details.