Local brews: Mammoth Brewing Company's the big dog on the mountain, and is right across the street from the Village.From 4-6p daily, score pints of their entire lineup, including the award-winning Double Nut Brown, German-style Fire & Eisbock, and the 5.5% ABV Real Mc Coy Amber, which in no way will make you want to Après: Like the temps, the prevailing post-slope scene at Mammoth watering holes is chill.The airport shuttle into town is synched up with flight schedules, and puts you at the base in only ten minutes. On a good powder day, head to Chair 22 for Sunshine Glades, Grizzly, or Shaft (oh, you'll definitely dig it), and tear through some of the Sierra’s best tree skiing. For the more advanced, Dragon’s Tail and Dragon Alley (accessed by the Cloud Nine Express chair) also offer perfect powder, and usually with fewer people. For a beautiful route all the way around the mountain and back down to the base, take the gondola to the top of the Sierra and catch Upper Road Runner to Road Runner to Lower Road Runner -- a fantastic run, even without Wile E. Pro tip #1: Don’t be one of those suckers at the ski rental shop squandering prime piste time in line.For a few extra bucks, Black Tie Ski Delivery will bring skis, boots, and boards to your room (delivery is actually free) for a personal fitting.You’ll be carving it up before the rest of the masses have even picked out poles.
To save a few bucks, or bust a wicked hangover, Roberto’s serves up ridiculous portions of hearty Mexican fare just a few miles away in Mammoth Lakes.
In the Village, the Clocktower Cellar Pub draws both locals and visitors with a killer selection of whiskeys and microbrews, plus its totchos, a hearty hybrid of tater tots and nachos.
Dining: After years of slogging along with mostly unremarkable restaurants, Mammoth’s culinary scene -- with new chefs and a renewed focus on local and seasonal ingredients -- is finally starting to reflect its California roots.
One revamped resto earning rave reviews is The Lakefront, whose seasonal menu features mountain-inspired dishes like trout and venison.
When to go: The resort usually has a solid base by mid-November, and you can count on the winter season going through at least Memorial Day.