December 23, 2012
Regarding "Looking Good" by Christopher Reynolds, Dec. 9: We have skied at Mammoth for more than 35 years and have never had a disappointing experience. The town has reasonable accommodations and restaurants. The beautiful desert drive from L.A. is six to seven hours, but it gives your body a chance to acclimate to the high elevation, and even in a winter storm the roads are snow-free, most of the time. Mammoth built its reputation on a great mountain with state-of-the-art lifts, superb grooming, great runs for beginners to experts and an attitude that if it makes the ski experience exceptional, people will come.
December 9, 2012 |
MAMMOTH LAKES - Before we get to the early snow, the new businesses, the zipping skiers and beaming boarders at Mammoth Lakes, let's remember how bad things have been this year for this corner of the Eastern Sierra. First, Mother Nature delivered scant snow in the 2011-12 season, driving tourism down just as the larger economy seemed to be recovering. Then in June, management at Mammoth Mountain, the resort that dominates the town, trimmed staff, cut salaries and announced the shuttering of its June Mountain ski operation - a painful blow to the tiny mountain community of June Lake, 20 miles north of Mammoth.
December 9, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO MAMMOTH LAKES From LAX, Alaska has one nonstop flight daily (through April 14) to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $236. Beginning Dec. 20, United offers nonstop service from Orange County; restricted round-trip fares begin at $230. The drive to Mammoth from Los Angeles is about 300 miles, mostly on U.S. 395. WHERE TO STAY Westin Monache Resort Mammoth, 50 Hillside Drive, Mammoth Lakes; (760) 934-0400, http://www.westinmammoth.com . Some 230 rooms (all with kitchenettes)
December 7, 2012 |
With four to six feet of fresh snow, Mammoth Mountain is opening the entire hill today (Friday) - all lifts, Canyon and Eagle lodges and all terrain . . . . The latest round of powerful, early-season storms has pushed Tahoe's season-to-date snowfall totals to well over the 100-inch mark entering the month of December . . . .Walt Disney World opened its new Fantasyland on Thursday, the largest expansion in the park's 41-year history....
December 5, 2012 |
Officials at Mammoth Mountain were a little worried late last week when the forecast called for a big storm with temperatures on the warm side, which would have meant rain -- at least on the lower slopes. But the weather turned cold enough during the weekend so the precipitation that fell was snow, lots and lots of snow. By Monday, between 4 and 6 feet of the white stuff had landed on this big Eastern Sierra Nevada resort. The base is now an impressive 50 to 70 inches. As a result, all of Mammoth's terrain, 28 lifts and the Canyon and Eagle Lodges will be open Friday morning.
November 12, 2012 |
June Mountain , the tiny ski and snowboard destination that Mammoth Mountain management closed after last winter to save money, is to reopen in the winter of 2013-14, Mammoth officials said. Mammoth Mountain officially opened its ski season Nov. 8., as a storm was beginning to dump more than a foot of snow in the Eastern Sierra. The previous Monday, Rusty Gregory, chief executive of Mammoth, told the Mammoth Times that June Mountain would reopen in late 2013 with its marketing focused on young families.
November 8, 2012 |
Mammoth Mountain kicks off its ski and snowboarding season Thursday (today) with a good chance of fresh powder to follow. The day's schedule starts at 8:30 a.m., when the first chair carries skiers and boarders up the hill, where they'll find a slope cloaked in manufactured snow, mingled with remains of the 18 inches of real snow that fell in late October. Chair lifts 1 and 3 will be running and the Panorama gondola will be offering scenic rides only. Meanwhile, a storm is expected to arrived on Friday and stay through Saturday, possibly dropping enough snow to open more lifts and runs.
November 8, 2012 |
As early birds get their first runs in on the first day of the Mammoth ski season, a coming storm was looking increasingly likely to dump a few inches of fresh powder from late Thursday through Friday and Saturday. The Mammoth Mountain ski area, which suffered through a scant snow season last year, opened a new chapter with the boarding of the season's first chair lift at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Various festivities are planned through the weekend. As skiers and boarders took their first runs from the resort's chairlifts 1 (Broadway Express)
October 30, 2012 |
JUNE LAKE, Calif. - Love turning conventional wisdom on its ear, don't you? Here's my little ode to the Eastern Sierra's amazing fall palette, an improbable leaf-peeping site devoted to it, and its Web master, who claims that the Golden State has the longest and best autumn in the nation. I now agree. To all you Eastern transplants who pine for the fall colors of your childhood, fly up U.S. 395 with me in my rental Ford, past the cottonwoods and aspen groves that light the hillsides like glowing campfires.
October 23, 2012 |
Mammoth is reporting up to a foot of new snow, as the season gets off to a promising start. Opening day is set for Nov. 8 . . . . For the first time, Arlington National Cemetery is releasing a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there. Before 2010, the cemetery used paper records and maps. The smartphone app and map can be accessed through the cemetery's website, www.arlingtoncemetery.mil . . . . Vegas' McCarran Airport will conduct an emergency drill Wednesday morning, with an exercise simulating an incident using a Boeing 767 passenger jet . . . . . For the second year, the Venetian and the Palazzo Las Vegas will stage Winter in Venice, a 50-day celebration starting Nov. 18 that includes a nightly parade, tree-lighting ceremonies and picturesque skating rink above the Venetian's outdoor Grand Canal . . . . The San Luis Obispo Wine Country Assn.'s 22nd Annual Rockin' Harvest Celebration is set for Nov. 2-4. The weekend's signature event, the Grand Tasting and Wine Auction, takes place Nov. 3 ( a Saturday)