Stay on the Bus Line to Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge

Oct 15, 2020

One of the many wonderful things about Mammoth is that visitors can forget about the hassle of driving. Once you get to town, you can park your car and then rely on the convenient, complimentary transportation offered by the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA). 

Various ESTA shuttle lines run around the town of Mammoth Lakes and to each of the Mammoth Mountain lodges. 

Where Does the Mammoth Lakes Red Line Go?

The ESTA Red Line is one of the most-used bus routes in Mammoth Lakes. This shuttle gives you access to it all: snow play at Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge, renowned dining and shopping in The Village at Mammoth and a full spectrum of lodging options that include hotels, condos, B&Bs, cabins and hostels. Other notable stops along this winter bus route include Snowcreek Athletic Club and the Vons grocery store. 

Buses on the Red Line operate seven days a week, every 20 minutes between 7 am and 5:30 pm. 

Lodging on the Red Line in Mammoth Lakes

The Westin Monache Resort

If hotels, with their one-stop ease and comfort, appeal most to you, consider Mammoth’s upscale Westin Monache Resort.

Located at the base of Mammoth Mountain and just a short walk from the Village shuttle stop, this luxurious spot boasts everything a traveler could want. Kitchenettes and fireplaces are in each of the suite-style rooms… they’re so cozy that you may opt to stay in and order room service.

When you want to hit the slopes, you can easily rent your gear from the lobby, and their ski valet services will hold it overnight. Also on site is a year-round pool and hot tubs, 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, a 24-hour business center and the incredible Whitebark restaurant (where the shishito pepper appetizer is not to be missed!)

Snowcreek Resort

If you’re traveling with a group and looking for lodging with all the conveniences of home, consider a condo at Snowcreek Resort. Set in an authentic alpine village and just a short distance from Mammoth Mountain, the resort offers units with a variety of floor plans complete and fully stocked kitchens, garages, WiFi, fireplaces and laundry facilities (some of them in-unit!)

In addition to the plush accommodations, visitors also have complimentary access to the Snowcreek Athletic Club and its indoor/outdoor swimming pools and exercise classes.

Edelweiss Lodge

Searching for something a little more rustic? The knotty-pine charm of the Edelweiss Lodge may be the place for you to hang your hat—err, ski helmet. Nestled in Jeffrey Pines of Old Mammoth Road, this locally owned business has been offering cabins and hotel-style rooms since 1957.

While it may appear as though you’ve gone back in time, the pet-friendly Edelweiss offers the amenities of today: fully equipped kitchens, cable TV and free WiFi… all served up with homemade cookies.

Cinnamon Bear Inn

Another cozy option along the Red Line is the Cinnamon Bear Inn bed and breakfast, where you can get away from it all, yet still be in the middle of town. Each of the uniquely decorated rooms has its own private bath, as well as free WiFi, T.V. and daily maid service.

One of the unique offerings of the Cinnamon Bear Inn is that the accommodations include freshly prepared breakfasts every morning, and wine and cheese every evening. Cheers to that!

Holiday Haus Motel & Moderne Hostel

The European style Holiday Haus Motel & Moderne Hostel is just just a five-minute walk to the Village, and of course, has access to Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge via the Red Line.

The property has a variety of room types and price points. Guests enjoy stunning mountain views and rooms with local historical themes, along with valuable amenities such as complimentary breakfasts, in-room laundry and refrigerators, cable T.V., WiFi, fireplaces and (in some units) kitchens. Whether you’re looking for a bunk bed or a two-bedroom chalet, you’ll find it at the Holiday Haus.

Shannon Diffner

Shannon Diffner likes nothing better than being in or next to water, and is a founding partner of Scarlet Letters Copywriting. Since 2014, Scarlet Letters has worked with the Mammoth Lakes Tourism office on fact-checking the printed Visitor Guide and website, and are now delighted to translate that knowledge into blog posts. A company goal…

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