Mammoth Lakes is a town of less than 10,000 people in the eastern Sierras part of California, in the middle of the state, south of Lake Tahoe (about 2 hours drive), and north of Los Angeles (about 5.5 hours drive). It has lakes and it has mountains! Yosemite Park is only about 1 hour away, and Mono Lake is even closer.
It is a mammoth playground for skiers and snowboarders from mostly SoCal (southern California) in the winter (snow season usually goes from Thanksgiving to May/June or even July!). It is the home base of many Olympic skier/snowboarders, and you can see them on the slopes if you are lucky during several competition events.
In the summer, the many lakes in the mountains are great for fishing, and hiking is a favorite activity in addition to mountain biking down the mountain. Sometimes you will even see hang-gliders coming off the top of the Mammoth Mountain. The summer Jazz festival draws thousands to the area, and many art fairs happen throughout the year.
The town has lots of lodging from condos (great for groups of people) to hotels to houses, and it has many good restaurants too. It even has a Ski Museum! The new village area has shops, restaurants and lodging and is a center of gathering for visitors. Check out visitmammoth.com for more information on this nice resort town.
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