Insiders Guide to Little Eagle Lodge

As you ride up the six-pack Little Eagle Express you’ll soar high above the slopeside condos and see a bird’s eye view of the mammoth Crest and Sherwin Range. While other skiers and snowboarders are riding the shuttle or driving to higher elevation lodges, you’ll already be skiing.

Situated at 8,062 feet at the top of Meridian Boulevard next to Juniper Springs Resort, Little Eagle Lodge is comprised of two large white temporary tents. It might be the smallest of Mammoth Mountain’s three lodges, but it is the closest to town and you’ll find everything you need there.

Parking and Transportation

Perhaps the best reason to start and finish your ski day at Little Eagle is the ease of parking and transportation. The town’s green and yellow lines service the lodge, and since it is a short route you’ll never wait long for a ride.  If you prefer to drive, parking is simple and efficient. The large lot is usually sufficient for the crowds, but overflow parking on the street is available and also along the green line so you’ll never have to walk too far in your ski boots. There’s also priority slopeside parking for black pass holders and preferred front of the lot parking for a fee.

Lift Tickets and Reservations

You’ll be able to purchase all of your lift tickets and make reservations for mountain activities inside at the ticket counter.  The good thing about a smaller lodge is smaller lines and less waiting.

Ski and Snowboard Rentals and School

Beginners will find everything they need at Little Eagle Lodge including ski school and rentals. The first white tent houses the ski and snowboard rentals. It’s a smaller lodge with less storage, so if you want to be guaranteed gear, make a reservation. The ski school here is also convenient for beginners. The easy terrain at Chair 15 makes it a great spot to learn and is also a good starting point to access other areas of the mountain. The young kids will love the Eagle Platter, a magic carpet for the smallest shredders. Inside is the Little Pioneers room, so the youngest skiers can take a hot chocolate break.

Food and Drinks

The real insiders know that Little Eagle Lodge has some of the best food on the mountain. The Eagle Coffee Shop offers a full-service espresso bar and sells fresh baked pastries, as well as breakfast burritos and snacks. Talons is a full-service restaurant with a small breakfast menu and a good selection of burgers, hot sandwiches, and salads for lunch. A full-service bar with large TVs is a great spot to warm up inside with a drink, but the best-kept secret on the mountain is the outside grill and patio at Little Eagle. Find a slopeside table and enjoy a hot lunch from the grill while watching skiers descend the mountain and ride the chair.

Mammoth Sports

A small shop inside the lodge sells a wide selection of Mammoth Mountain gear including sweatshirts, beanies, mugs, and magnets. You can also buy some ski and snowboard gear you may need. There is a wide selection of helmets, goggles, and gloves, as well as sunscreen and lip balm.

Other Amenities

Yep, there is an ATM to take out cash in case you need it, and there’s also a small selection of day use lockers. There’s hardly ever a line at the restrooms and you’ll find window-front tables to take a break or rehydrate with some water. 

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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