Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Mammoth
Mammoth is my favorite ski resort in California: some of my best (& at times, most terrifying!) memories are from Mammoth. Though Lake Tahoe has more ski resorts ~ it can be overwhelming to simply make a decision about where to ski. And Big Bear, though close to southern California, doesn’t offer enough breadth & challenge for more advanced skiers. Mammoth is great for all levels: beginners can stick closer to “Schoolyard Express,” while ski buffs can head up to “The Summit” & ski double-black bowls until they drop. Here, we’ll list all the “Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Mammoth,” to give you the most time on the mountain!
Note: For 2021/2022, you need to purchase your Mammoth ski tickets IN ADVANCE; there will be no same-day purchases allowed.
Overview & Map of Mammoth Ski Resorts
- Westin Monache Resort ($250+): The most modern, all-suite hotel on the list, & just a 5-minute walk to the gondola ~ but rooms lack some of the “woodsy” charm of other hotels.
- The Village Lodge Mammoth ($279+): Located next to the Westin in the Main Village, this all-condo hotel has 1-3 bedroom options; not as modern as the Westin, but has a killer outdoor pool area.
- Juniper Springs Resort ($149+): Located at the base of Eagle Express (not in the Main Village), you’ve got condos & townhomes here, many with amazing mountain views; plus several pools & hot tubs.
- Tamarack Lodge ($118+): Located next to the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center ~ this is a ski-in ski-out option for cross-country skiing, NOT downhill skiing. Stunning, more secluded lakefront location.
- Mammoth Mountain Inn ($149+): The most “old-school” option on the list, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time here; located on the far right side of the mountain, at the base of “Discovery Express.”
Westin Monache Resort
Mammoth Mountain Inn
Juniper Springs Resort
The Village Lodge
1) Westin Monache Resort
There are no five-star accommodations in Mammoth: this is a much more down-to-earth, small-town kind of place. The Westin Monache Resort ($250+) is your most high-end ski-in/ski-out option in town ~ & they’re pet-friendly! Their location in the heart of the Main Village puts you just steps from the ski gondola (about a 4-minute walk from the room), & also just steps away from shopping, great dining, & nightlife. Rooms are spacious & have plenty of room for families to stretch out, plus they have small kitchens.
Westin Monache Resort is Perfect For = People who want to be right where all the action is, in the heart of the Main Village, in the most modern & well-appointed, all-suite hotel on the list (but lacking a bit of the rustic charm of some other Mammoth hotels). Or those traveling with pets!
“What an awesome hotel! Very convenient. Parking on-site in a heated underground garage, super close to lifts, very dog-friendly, beautiful views. Rooms have a fireplace, kitchen, & wall racks for drying ski clothes. Can’t wait to visit again!”
– Kyle K.
2) The Village Lodge at Mammoth
The Village Lodge Mammoth ($279+) is also located in the Main Village, at the base of the gondola, & where they excel is their beautiful outdoor area: they’ve got pools, hot tubs, outdoor fire pits, & at times, you may even see deer rustling through the pretty foliage surrounding the hotel. This is an all-condo hotel (1-3-bedrooms available), & while accommodations aren’t the freshest or newest: you’ll find more character here than at the Westin, especially in their beautiful lobby.
The Village Lodge is Perfect For = Bigger parties who are looking for comfy condo accommodations, don’t need “super modern,” & want a great pool & hot tub area to relax in after skiing!
“I’ve been going to Mammoth for years for skiing & boarding. I love staying at The Village Lodge because of it’s beauty & location.”
– Joe S.
3) Juniper Springs Resort
Located at the base of Eagle Express Lift (the left side of the mountain, if you’re looking at a ski map), Juniper Springs Resort ($149+) is a great choice for Mammoth ski-in ski-out: rooms are fresher & more up-to-date than the Village Lodge, & they’ve got two heated pools & SIX hot tubs ~ giving you plenty of apres-ski options. The overall experience will be quieter than the previous two options, as you’re not in the Main Village. But nearly every review mentions their amazing service; that combined with the fact that Eagle Express isn’t as busy as the main gondola may be a great reason to stay at Juniper.
Juniper Springs Resort is Perfect For = Those who don’t mind not being in the Main Village, or who want a quieter hotel experience (& six hot tubs).
Third stay at Juniper. This is a true ski-in ski-out, which was the best part. Rooms are clean & well-equipped. We had great view of snow & the pool/spa. Spa was hot & not too crowded. The service was awesome. Will definitely go back.”
4) Tamarack Lodge
Let me state right up front: the Tamarack Lodge ($118+) is NOT at the base of downhill skiing. But it IS right next to the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center, so if that’s your reason for coming to Mammoth ~ Tamarack is perfect for you. This is a historic lodge, one of the oldest in Mammoth; rooms are cozy & woodsy here, you’ll definitely feel like you’re “in the mountains.” And their lakefront location is one of the best in town, sitting right on the shores of beautiful Twin Lakes. If you don’t mind being a bit secluded from town & aren’t in Mammoth solely to downhill ski, this is a great option.
Tamarack Lodge is Perfect For = Those who want to try cross-country skiing & don’t mind being just outside of town, with a lovely lakefront location & historic accommodations.
“I’ve been going to Mammoth for over 30 years now & usually stay at the Tamarack Lodge. We rented a cabin just across from the cross-country skiing hut, so my view washing dishes looked like a picture-post card. Over the years, Mammoth has changed, but Tamarack has managed to maintain its charm. If you want to be wild & party hardy, rent a condo in town – this isn’t a good fit. If you want quiet & beauty, rent here. Looking forward to May when I get to go back!”
5) Mammoth Mountain Inn
One of the most reasonably-priced ski-in ski-out options in Mammoth is the classic Mammoth Mountain Inn ($149+). Rooms may be a little outdated here, but if you’re coming to ski the upper black bowls or fun blues by “The Outpost:” the Inn will get you closest to them. There are also a few green runs right at the top of the “Discovery Express” lift, so beginners won’t be totally adrift here. The Main Village is a few minutes drive from the Inn, so if you’d rather be closer to town: stay at the Village Lodge or the Westin.
“What’s better than walking across the street & taking the gondola to the peak every morning? Can’t beat the location. Staff is great & rooms are nice. With Main Lodge across the parking lot, you pretty much have anything you need for a great, convenient day on the mountain.”
– Scott S.
Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Mammoth
I hope this list has been helpful for your planning! One of the first articles I ever wrote on this site was about the most EPIC sunset I’ve ever seen in my life, which happened in Mammoth at the top of Minaret Vista ~ you can find that article here. And depending on the season, you may want to check out the Alabama Hills, which are located just south of Mammoth, near Lone Pine.
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