Best Ski-in Ski-Out Hotels in Mammoth

Mammothis 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 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 Hotels in Mammoth,” to give you the most time on the mountain.

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A hotel closer to the slopes means more time ON the slopes! Photo taken at the top of “Dave’s Run.”

Author’s Note: Article update in November 2023.

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 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

Tamarack Lodge

Juniper Springs Resort

The Village Lodge

1) Westin Monache Resort

There are no five-star accommodations in Mammoth: this is a down-to-earth, small-town kind of place.  But the Westin Monache Resort ($250+) is your most high-end ski-in/ski-out option in town ~ & they’re pet-friendly!  The Westin’s location in the heart of the Main Village puts you just steps from the ski gondola (about a 4-minute walk from the room), & steps away from shopping, 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 are looking for a seamless ski-in/ski-out experience in Mammoth. Or those traveling with pets!

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This is where my family stayed when we skied Mammoth in 2019 ~ & it couldn’t have been easier to hop on the gondola, just a few minute walk from our rooms.

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The view from our room at the Westin. You’re right above the Main Village here, so you don’t really need to use your car here.

“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.  And 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 looking for comfy condo accommodations!

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The Village Lodge is an all-condo hotel located in the Main Village, with direct gondola access to the slopes.

“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 Mammoth ski-in ski-out option.  Rooms are fresher & more modern than the Village Lodge, & they’ve got two heated pools & SIX hot tubs ~ giving you plenty of apres-ski relief.  The overall experience is quieter than the first two options, as you’re not in Main Village.  But nearly every review mentions their amazing service.  And since Eagle Express isn’t as busy as the main gondola, that may be a great reason to stay here.

Juniper Springs Resort is Perfect For = Those who want a quieter hotel experience….& six hot tubs.

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Ask for a room with a view at Juniper: their stellar service should be able to accommodate.

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You’ll find cozy, woodsy rooms at Juniper Springs ~ which is at the base of Eagle Express.

Third stay at Juniper. This is a true ski-in ski-out, which was the best part. Rooms are clean & well-equipped. We had a great view of the snow & pool/spa area. Spa was hot & not too crowded. The service was awesome. Will definitely go back.”


– Kia

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.

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Straight out of “The Great Outdoors,” Tamarack Resort will give you true mountain vibes ~ & it’s the closest hotel to Mammoth’s Cross-Country Ski Center.

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Cross-country skiing at Tamarack.

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Rent a lakeside cabin at historic Tamarack Lodge.

“I’ve been going to Mammoth for over 30 years now, & usually stay at 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 maintained its charm. If you want to be wild & party hardy, rent a condo in town – this isn’t a good fit. But if you want quiet & beauty, rent here.


Looking forward to May when I get to go back!”


– Stephanie

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, 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.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn is old-school skiing style, at the base of the Discovery Express, which leads to mainly green runs (head higher for blues & blacks).

“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.

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