Mammoth Mountain lodging option: Mammoth Mountain Inn

Mammoth Mountain Resort’s Mammoth Mountain Inn isn’t the flashiest lodging in the Mammoth area. Nor is it the newest. But for families needing all the basic ski lodging amenities—hot tubs, game rooms, restaurants, and ski rentals and valets—it has it all, and in the most prime location on the hill.

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Located directly across the parking lot from the Main Lodge and Panorama Gondola (and Broadway chair), the Mammoth Mountain Inn is friendly and inviting with a wonderful, cozy lobby with grand fireplace, full valet service, and relaxed vibe. The inn is ‘retro’ in appearance (remember A-frame entrances and wooden, connected exterior decks?) without being at all run-down. In fact, it’s spotless, and much more comfortable than other older hotels I’ve visited. Families can easily walk to the lifts and to Main Lodge.

The inn is comprised of a main building with rooms with slope views, and a secondary building of multi-room suites. You lack the views (for the most part) in the second building, but are closer to the pool and hot tubs (more on that below).

Amenities:

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Next to location, the most important aspect of any ski lodging is the amenities offered. At Mammoth Mountain Inn, families are on the full village and airport shuttle service route (a big savings in transportation and parking costs), and a full ski valet and ski rental service is located in the lobby. An impressively large game room for the kids includes multiple screens and game consoles (though little else…we wished they had a ping pong table), and there’s a decently-sized exercise room.

Outside the main building in the secondary building are the hot tubs and pools. Finding them can be tricky for a first-timer: from the first floor of the main building, exit and head down the stairs to the parking lot. Cross the parking lot and take the exterior stairs of the secondary building. You’ll be in the first floor hallway. Head up the interior stairs to the second floor, and follow signs to the exterior pool and hot tub and interior hot tubs. Sounds confusing (and it is) but once you have it down, it’s only a two-minute walk from the main building. The pool area includes a small heated pool, hot tub, and three interior hot tubs, plus towels and changing rooms.

Rooms:

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I stayed in a standard hotel room in the main building which included the basics and not much more (standard rooms for a family of four are $199 in regular season). You get internet, coffee service, a bathroom with tub and shower, and separate vanity area. The best thing about my standard room was the view of the ski slopes, with sliding glass door to the connected deck with chairs (no deck walls between rooms). The view was fantastic, and fun to get up in the morning and check out the conditions from the room! The only standard item missing from my room: a mini fridge, which I consider very useful for families. If you want more space, the inn offers one or two bedroom condos, some with upstairs lofts, ranging from $299 (sleeping four) to $449 (sleeping six) and $629 (sleeping 11).

Dining:

Directly inside Mammoth Mountain Lodge is Mountainside Grille and Dry Creek Bar. The bar is a great place to head while the kids are in the game room pre-dinner; the ambiance is lovely, and the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Mountainside Grille is a bit pricy for most family meals, but they do offer full room service as well, which can be convenient.

On the main floor is Sierra General Store, which is a lofty name for a very small store will convenience foods, snacks, and coffee service and danishes. Don’t get me wrong: the fare here is good and prices are reasonable, but the word ‘store’ is misleading. If you’re in a condo, stock up on groceries pre-arrival.

Next door to the inn is the Yodler, a popular watering hole for apres ski among die-hard skiers and a great option for more affordable pub-fare for families. Within easy walking distance of the inn, the Yodler is friendly and lively.

Directions:

The Mammoth Mountain Inn is located at the base of Mammoth Mountain directly across from Main Lodge. From Highway 203, continue straight through Main Street and turn right on Minaret Road and follow for approximately four miles. Address: 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes.

Disclosure: I stayed at Mammoth Mountain Inn as a guest of Mammoth Mountain resort. All opinions are my own.

About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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