Southern Californians can trade palm trees for snow-covered pines this holiday season with a getaway to Mammoth Lakes, California, and the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of Mammoth Lakes, the Sierra Nevada Resort – named a California best ski resort and inn by L.A. Biz – offers affordable accommodations and a spectacular holiday menu at onsite restaurants Jimmy’s Taverna and Rafters, providing a homey and delicious Christmas dinner solution, while Mammoth Mountain ensures great snow and a relaxed family-friendly vibe for skiers and snowboarders.
For couples, friends and families wishing to make that holiday ski vacation fantasy a reality at a reasonable price, a trip to Mammoth Lakes, with world-famous skiing at Mammoth Mountain combined with a stay at the Sierra Nevada Resort makes it all possible. Mammoth’s epic 3,500 skiable acres, 150 trails and average of 400 inches of snow per year is just minutes from Sierra Nevada Resort, which offers guests a free shuttle to and from the slopes and the ease of purchasing lift tickets and renting all equipment and gear with expert fittings onsite at the resort. And the après ski scene is fun and affordable at Sierra Nevada Resort with Duke’s Bar, named after John Wayne and featuring fun Old Hollywood memorabilia, serving up great drinks in a relaxed atmosphere in the hotel lobby.
Aside from skiing, other favorite Mammoth Lakes area snow-lover activities include dog sledding or snowmobiling through the Inyo National Forest, cross-country skiing, ice skating or exploring and shopping around the charming mountain town.
Lodge rooms at the popular resort start at $119/night and 560-square-foot Fireplace Suites – which include a stone fireplace, a resort-style kitchen and luxurious bathroom with soaking tub and heated floors – start at $199 per night. And larger groups can take advantage of the resort’s spacious three-bedroom chalets with full kitchens and wood burning fireplaces starting from $529 per night. (All rates based on availability; taxes and fees not included.)
And when it comes to food, the Sierra Nevada Resort has its guests covered with a variety of dining options. Two of the resort’s three onsite restaurants will be serving up a spectacular holiday feast for guests to choose from. First, Rafters Restaurant offers a special holiday week menu that includes entrees such as pan-seared duck breast with root vegetable gratin, braised salsify, orange ginger glaze and pomegranate; Campbell River salmon with sweet corn, crab ragout and blood orange beurre blanc; and all-natural beef prime rib with white cheddar smashed Yukon potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, creamy horseradish and au jus. Rafters offers a great kid’s menu as well, and for adults a prix fix menu is available for $65 per person with an option for wine pairing at $45.
Meanwhile, the onsite Jimmy’s Taverna, recognized by Wine Spectator for taking wine to new heights, boasts a fine dining holiday week menu including a Kobe-style Wagyu beef short rib pappardelle pasta dish with wild mushrooms, butternut squash, midnight moon goat gouda and red wine cream sauce; lobster ravioli with braised fennel, heirloom tomatoes, tarragon and lobster jus; and all-natural beef “Filet Oscar” with truffle potato pave, asparagus, bearnaise sauce and red wine sauce. Jimmy’s prix fix menu is offered for $85 per person with a wine pairing option for $60. Full holiday menus for both restaurants can be found here.