What’s New in Mammoth Lakes This Winter

With a number of new measures and policies in place, the town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain are prepared to thoughtfully greet visitors during the winter 2020/21 season.

After spending more than $1M on COVID-19-related improvements, Mammoth Mountain’s commitment to guest safety will be evident throughout the resort. The guest experience will also be elevated by several new restaurants and lodging options, including two new mobile shipping container eateries and a new luxury lodging property.

Getting to Mammoth Lakes will also be easier. The town of Mammoth Lakes announced a new airline partner for this winter in Advanced Airlines. The public charter carrier allows air travelers to skip the terminal, making travel to Mammoth Lakes from several airports in Southern California easier and faster than ever before.

New at Mammoth Mountain

Safety Protocols for 2020/21 Operations

Mammoth Mountain plans to prioritize access to the mountain for season pass holders. Resort visitation levels will be controlled to avoid overcrowding by tightly regulating the number of daily lift tickets sold, which will be available by advance purchase only. Walk-up sales of lift tickets will no longer be available. Face coverings are mandatory in base areas, in lift lines and on chairs.

Skiers and snowboarders will also have the option of reserving rental and demo gear and have it waiting for them in a sterilized locker in Main Lodge, Canyon Lodge or the Mountain Center in The Village at Mammoth. The option minimizes wait times and reduces contact with other guests and staff. The locker is also yours for the duration of the rental, so there’s no need to haul gear around.

2 New Uphill Routes (Now a Total of 5)

Mammoth Mountain will offer two new up-hill ski routes this winter, adding to the three such trails already in place. Up-hill lift tickets ($29 for the day, $150 for the season) are required and provide skiers and split boarders looking to earn their turns with a safe up-hill travel experience.

On-Mountain Dining at Mammoth Mountain

Two new custom shipping container style eateries will provide guests with grab-n-go options this season. Find these new quick eat spots at Main Lodge and adjacent to the Gondola terminal at Canyon Lodge. Both locations will offer snacks, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and hot, quick-serve food options including burgers and grilled cheese.

New Travel Options for Flying to Mammoth Lakes

With the Mammoth Yosemite Airport just 10 minutes from town, flying to Mammoth Lakes is the quickest way to go from your home to on the slopes. This year, two airlines will offer service to Mammoth Lakes throughout the winter season.

Advanced Airlines Service to Mammoth Lakes

New this year, Advanced Airlines will offer regional service to and from Burbank (BUR), Hawthorne (HHR) and Carlsbad (CLD) airports. Advanced Airlines flights also have the advantage of being able to land in Bishop, Calif. (35 miles away) in the event of inclement weather in Mammoth Lakes.

Here’s a look at the Advanced Airlines schedule for the 2020/21 season:

  • BUR – flying four days a week (Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
  • HHR – flying three days a week (Thurs, Fri, Sun)
  • CLD – flying four days a week (Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

United Airlines Service to Mammoth Lakes

United Airlines will continue to offer service to and from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Denver (DEN) throughout the winter season. Additional flights may be added during the peak holiday season.

Here’s a look. at he United Airlines schedule for the 2020/21 season:

  • LAX – flying six days a week (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
  • SFO – flying four days a week (Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
  • DEN – flying four days a week (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)

New Lodging in Mammoth Lakes

Luxury Lodging Near the Village at Mammoth

Luxury just steps away from the Village at Mammoth, the new Hillside Highlands Luxury Townhomes are now a part of the Mammoth Mountain Lodging Collection. Only a short two-minute walk to dining, shops and the Village Gondola, the top-notch, three-bedroom townhomes are elegantly and efficiently appointed with all the modern amenities, including private hot tubs. All three units can be combined to offer over 9,000 sq. ft., 9 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.

Upgrades to the High Sierra Hotel

Formerly the Best Western, the Empeiria High Sierra Hotel has undergone renovations to both guest rooms and common areas.

Electric Charging Stations at 1849 Condos

Five new Level 2 charging stations have been installed at the 1849 condos, part of 1849 Mountain Rentals, with the help of Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Program. They add to an impressive network of charging stations in Mammoth Lakes that make travel to-and-from the area via electric vehicle increasingly easy.

New Restaurants in Mammoth Lakes

NOTE: Restaurants in Mammoth Lakes are operating with limited indoor capacity. Advance reservations or takeout are highly recommended.

Gojira Ramen & Sushi

Located on Old Mammoth Road across from Vons, Gojira’s menu of ramen, rolled sushi and sushi rice bowls is perfect for winter takeout. Fresh veggies and traditional techniques produce some outstanding dishes including the Goji Ramen with a spicy miso broth, definitely a menu highlight.

Yama Ramen

A new traditional ramen restaurant in the Village boasting a full selection of top-shelf Japanese whiskies. Perfect for winter take-out.

One Dish Bistro

In its first year as a brick and mortar on Old Mammoth Road, the food looks even better than the dining room, and that’s saying something. The focus at One Dish is on honest, delicious and creative food at an affordable price. The menu is constantly evolving but staples such as the pistachio and arugula lamb meatballs and baked eggplant with buttermilk sauce and pomegranates speak to the innovative and savory way flavors are complemented here.

Upgrades to 53 Kitchen & Cocktails

53 Kitchen & Cocktails has been reimagined as a casual sports bar eatery with multiple TVs, a full-service bar, and order-at-the-counter dining options.

New Activities in Mammoth Lakes

Skin Up Ski Tours

For those looking to explore the Inyo National Forest surrounding Mammoth Lakes, the new Skin Up Ski Tour program gets skiers and snowboarders safely into the Eastern Sierra backcountry with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Skin Up Ski Tours is a subsidiary of Ground Up Climbing Guides.

Yosemite Axe Throwing

The popular axe throwing experience now has a new location in Mammoth Lakes. The perfect venue for birthday parties, team building, or even date nights. Axe throwing is an unforgettable, safe experience. Ages 8 and up are welcome to come throw.

Lara Kaylor

Lara Kaylor is an outdoor enthusiast who gets her thrills from big time recreation in Mammoth Lakes where she resides with her husband and 120-pound Malamute. An award-winning journalist, Lara has been writing about all things Eastern Sierra since 2003. Lara currently works as a freelance writer and the Director of Communications for Mammoth Lakes…

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