California’s premier mountain destination will see some improvements this winter as investment in Mammoth Lakes continues to flow. From new restaurants and revamped accommodations to improved infrastructure, the visitor experience will see some meaningful improvements.
And the best is yet to come with several transformational projects breaking ground this winter, including a completely redesigned Mammoth Mountain activity center and construction of several luxury lodging projects underway.
Reaching Mammoth Lakes will also be easier and more cost-effective from Southern California, especially for regular visitors, with the addition of Advanced Air flight products that will reward regular air travelers.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN IMPROVEMENTS
- The Voltaggio Brothers restaurant – Famous ‘top chefs’ Michael and Bryan Voltaggio will bring their newest restaurant concept to The Village at Mammoth in December 2022.
- Woolly’s Tube Park – Construction on a multi-year expansion and improvement project at Woolly’s Tube Park began in the summer of 2022 with the aim of developing Woolly’s into a hub for both winter and summer activities. For winter 22/23 Woolly’s will see major renovations and extensions to the tubular tracks, six new snow cannons and a new elevated conveyor lift. Also expect extensive parking and a larger snow and sledding area. Long-term plans include a day lodge, a mountain roller coaster, the relocation of Snowmobile Adventures’ headquarters, ropes course in the summer, and more.
- The mill extension – A favorite mountain barbecue restaurant and bar, The Mill is expanding both its outdoor and indoor spaces. Indoor seating will double and a mobile order pick-up window will be added. The outdoor bar has doubled in size and features new furniture throughout the restaurant plus a new sound system to enhance The Mill’s live music capabilities.
- Expansion snow cannons – More than $5 million worth of new and updated snow guns were delivered in the summer of 2022, including the installation of 20 new SMI Super Puma fan guns and 6 SMI Polecat fan guns. These are state-of-the-art automated machines that increase snowmaking production during cold weather windows. The new snow cannons save energy because they don’t need compressed air to work. The placement of the new weapons allows for a better connection between east and west across the mountain and faster construction of Mammoth’s famous Unbound Terrain Parks.
- Sierra Lodge Employee Housing – Mammoth Mountain closed its escrow in July 2022 on the Sierra Lodge hotel grounds, which are used solely for employee housing. Sierra Lodge will house up to 72 employees. Each room has a kitchenette and private bathroom and employees also have access to 30 underground parking spaces on the property and common areas in the Lodge. Mammoth currently provides staff housing to approximately 500 employees.
- Ski butlers – Recently acquired by Alterra Mountain Company, Ski Butlers will be bringing their equipment rental delivery service to Mammoth this season.
NEW IN TOWN
- Advanced Airlines 10-packs – Join the new Bulk Ticket Club at Advanced Airlines. You can purchase a bulk ticket booklet of ten (10) one-way tickets at a discounted price that can be up to 75% off-peak. After purchase you will receive a login so that you can book your own tickets at the discounted rate. Bulk tickets are fully transferable to guests of their choice. Tickets expire 12 months from date of purchase, are subject to refundable rate rules and include all applicable taxes. Ticket booklets are not refundable. Additional terms and conditions apply. Visit https://advancedairlines.com/bulk-ticket-club/ to create an account. The current ticket booklet offers the following Mammoth selections:
Hawthorne to Mammoth: $1,544.60Burbank to Mammoth: $1,544.60 Carlsbad to Mammoth: $1,652.10
- Limelight Hotel – The new Limelight Hotel Mammoth & Residences will feature 151 hotel rooms and 15 luxury residences, as well as a restaurant and lounge, all within walking distance of the Village Gondola and the slopes of Mammoth Mountain. The hotel’s stylish design will simultaneously embrace and celebrate the Sierra’s beautiful natural surroundings, while providing the home comforts travelers have come to expect from Limelight Hotels. With groundbreaking in 2022 followed by significant progress in the summer, the projected opening is 2024.
- The Sierra Nevada, an outgoing hotel – Reopening on November 1, just in time for ski season, the Sierra Nevada Resort welcomes guests to a Western classic reborn as a maximalist mountain retreat, just five minutes from California’s tallest chairlift-equipped peak. The redesigned 179-room resort, including 20 four-bedroom villas opening in May 2023, is a year-round base camp designed for a new generation of pioneers who share the unbridled spirit of Dave McCoy, who went downhill skiing to Mammoth Mountain in 1948. The rooms brought a nod to the destination’s legacy of rugged irreverence with a modern yet no-nonsense approach to high-western design, conveyed through nostalgic art, illustrated maps, and western patterns that occur in natural tones. A collection of 10 light-filled cabins with private fireplaces, contemporary alpine furnishings, natural woods and bathroom tiles reminiscent of the evergreen outdoors. cocktails. Bar Sierra, the resort’s contemporary American restaurant concept, celebrates local beers, while the lobby wine bar offers a selection of international wines curated by the in-house sommelier. Outside there is a food garden with a varying selection of food trucks for adventurers on the go. A swimming pool on the natural edge overlooking the Sierra slopes serves as a scenic destination to relax and dabble in the wild and unexpected the next day.