Mammoth, a perfect getaway for SNU skiers and snowboarders

Maggie Galloway, Editor

Superior camping spot in Mammoth Lakes, California. (Maggie Galloway)

It’s that time of the year where the Lake Tahoe Basin is getting a little too small, and Mammoth Lakes, California got enough snow to open Mammoth Mountain on Oct. 29. If you’re looking for a small weekend getaway full of fun turns, bagel sandwiches, and hot springs, Mammoth is only three hours away from Sierra Nevada University.
Getting there is the easy part: You hop on Highway 28 south, and take a left at the Highway 50 intersection, towards Carson City. Finally, you head south on Highway 395 for 129 miles until you reach the Mammoth Lakes exit. It’s truly pure fun from there.
Usually the ideal plan is to leave Incline by 7 a.m. to get there by 10 a.m. If you left your house by 7 a.m., you might have a hankering for some breakfast which you can find at the Old New York Deli. They have everything from bagel sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, and omelets to satisfy your pre-shredding hunger. My personal favorite is a veggie sandwich on an asiago bagel.
After you shovel some amazing breakfast down your throat, it’s time to head to the heart and soul of Mammoth Lakes: Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth is full of fun turns for everybody, including three terrain parks for every jibber of every ability level. You can choose to make it rowdy or keep it mellow while lapping the park.
Jibbing might work up quite an appetite, and thankfully, Elixr is right down the road. Elixr has a collection of superfoods such as juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, quinoa bowls, soups, and salads. The trendy restaurant has multiple healthy menu items, including a build-your-own-bowl option. Its filled with so many pathos plants, and cute merchandise. My favorite grab here is the altitude aid or the glow juice.

Pitaya smoothie bowl and pokie bowl from Elixr in Mammoth Lakes, California. (Maggie Galloway)

After shredding and filling yourself up with a fulfilling meal you might want to wind down a bit… did somebody say hot springs? Mammoth is full of geothermal hot springs to let yourself soak in after a hard day of work on the mountain. There are tons of hot springs to choose from off of Benton Crossing Road. While you’re in there, drink a local IPA from Mammoth Brewing Co. and watch the sun go down, and the milky way roll in.
If you’re really dirtbagging it, you can sleep at the hot springs or in your car in the parking lot across from Old New York Deli if you’re scared of getting abducted by aliens. Other affordable options for housing are the Shiloh Inn or an Air BnB booked months in advance.
The next day, repeat it all over again and drive home with dead legs, and a content mind.