Where exactly is Mountainback 18 in Mammoth Lakes?
We are about ½ mile from Canyon Lodge and ½ mile from The Village, on Lakeview Blvd near the intersection of Lake Mary and Lakeview Blvd. We have blue line bus stop #77 right out our front door.
How do I get to the slopes from Mountainback 18?
Canyon Lodge is the closest access from Mountainback 18 to the slopes. It is walking distance from Mountainback 18, but it involves walking up a hill. It is easier to walk coming back from the slopes than going there. Instead, we suggest you hop on the blue shuttle at stop 77, right outside the front door of our building. From there, it is about 4 stops down to the Village Gondola, which will bring you right to the slopes. Alternatively, you can go about 10 stops to Canyon Lodge. To get home, hop on the blue shuttle at Canyon Lodge and take it about 4 stops for it to drop you off right in front of our building at stop 77. (Click here for a Mammoth Mountain slope map.)
Where should we ski from?
Canyon Lodge is the closest and most convenient lodge from our condo. It has full amenities there including, ski rental and ski school. If you would like to ski from other parts of the mountain, there are two other lodges with schools and rentals, Main Lodge and Eagle Lodge. There is also mountain access at Stump Alley, which has 3 lifts and a cafe, but no lodge for rentals or lessons. Main Lodge is approximately 4 miles from the condo. Lodging and restaurants are limited there, so staying in the town of Mammoth Lakes near one of the other lodges is preferable. Main Lodge is opened the longest during the season. The other lodges may open later and close a few weeks earlier than Main Lodge.
What is there to do in summer?
Mammoth Lakes is glorious in the summer, when you'll see many folks biking around town, headed out to the lakes for fishing and water sports, taking the hour drive up to Bodie National Park to see a genuine ghost town, or enjoying the many hikes in the area. Very close by hikes include Devil's Postpile, Minaret Vista and the Inyo Craters. Some folks use our place as an initial base to get used to the altitude to tackle Mt. Whitney. You can also go mountain biking on Mammoth Mountain using the lifts, or ride up the gondola to catch gorgeous views of the Sierras and Sherwins.