Thursday, December 16, 2010

Weekday Impromptu Mammoth Trip

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We took off to Mammoth for two days of skiing last week on a whim.  It was great; there was tons of snow, almost no crowds (in two days, we shared a chairlift with other people at most five times), and we got a cheap rate at the Westin Monache, which is our favorite place to stay for a one night trip.  We left at 5:15am Thursday, got to Mammoth by 9:45 and were on the slopes shortly thereafter.  Day 1 was a beautiful bluebird ski day; we went all over the mountain and got our ski legs back.  It was snowing on Day 2, but fortunately wasn't too cold, so we had another great day, totally different, in the fresh powder.  The Westin is so convenient; just across the street from the gondola with overnight ski storage and lockers so that you don't have to lug heavy gear around.  We were able to check in early, and although we weren't able to get late checkout, we still were able to change and shower in the Westin gym before our ride back home.  Looking forward to a great ski season, it's going to be great snow this year!
Whitebark Restaurant at the Westin has decent apres ski specials
Macaroni and cheese with taleggio and truffle oil
Kobe beef cheddar sliders

It's a comfortable and interesting 300 mile drive from LA to Mammoth; well-paved, mostly flat highways and not too much traffic.  The only slowdowns are the various small towns that you pass through, like Mojave, Independence, Lone Pine, Bishop, where the speed limit drops to 25 mph.  We usually make the drive in about 4.5 hours.

Population: 574

Bishop is the last small town before reaching Mammoth, about half hour away.

Getting close

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