To escape the Valley’s humid summer heat, retreat to the mountains and enjoy the last few days of winter snow. That’s right, snow.
Although some snowboard enthusiasts packed their gear away months ago when temperatures began to rise, they should definitely consider hitting the slopes one more time. There is still plenty of gracious white snow less than five hours north of Los Angeles. Record snowfall and prime conditions permit Mammoth Mountain Resort to remain open each year until July 4.
On a trip I took June 17-18, I found the hill at the Mammoth resort was in decent shape and capable to accommodate any level of skier or snowboarder. Crowds at the ski resort were non-existent. Although the runs are often empty, many locals remain.
Individuals who are thinking about learning snowboarding or want to brush up on their skills should ride during these early summer months. The slopes have a five-foot base and no one is around to distract a skier.
Plenty of trails are open to the mountaintop as well as park setups complete with several jumps, rails and a half-pipe.
Minimal clothing is required since temperatures range from the mid 60s to the high 70s. Wearing one layer is key during these conditions. The snow is a little sticky due to the heat. Some wax on your snowboard, however, will do the trick.
Other than snowboarding Mammoth offers endless options for any adventure seeker. Surrounded by breathtaking snowcapped mountains, Lake Mary is a prime location for a fisherman or individuals who are looking to cruise around the water.
Horseback riding, hiking, wakeboarding, skateboarding and dipping in the hot springs are among the list of other activities to pass the time at the resort. Many events are also held in Mammoth, such as a Motorcross series, Micro-brew festival, and bass competitions.
The nightlife is also in full swing. Bars in the village, such as Laka Nuki, have karaoke nights where it is fun to watch drunk bar attendants sing. Do not consume high amounts of alcohol since higher elevations get people drunk faster. There are never any dull moments at mountain bars.
After days of fun and relaxation in Mammoth, travelers could end their weekend by floating on the Owen’s River in Bishop. Visitors could also embark on a two-hour trek down a mile stretch.
So, hit the Mammoth Mountain resort where there are several options for people who are looking to take their mind off work and school.