Knowing how to relax seems to be a requirement at this laid-back (but A+) resort, perched smack-dab in the middle of the High Sierra’s tallest peaks 140 miles south of Lake Tahoe. So it’s no surprise that there’s no need to leave the mountain for some great apres-ski spots. Across from the main lodge there’s The Yodler, where you’ll find great drink specials and Bavarian fare, while Campo Mammoth is famous for rustic Italian dishes like wood-fired Neopolitan pizzas and hand-crafted salumi.
You can also venture into the town’s Village at Mammoth for plenty of places to chill out while you warm up. One easy destination is the lively tasting room and eatery at Mammoth Brewing Co., offering 13 of its artisan beers—and its own hard cider—on tap. On the menu are such exotic mash-ups as Naan Tacos, Carne Asada Fries, and Banh Mi sandwiches with Berkshire pork belly (and they have burgers too). For an island ambiance and oversized multi-person drinks and a dance floor, get your tiki on at Lakanuki, also in the village.
The Lakefront at the Tamarack Lodge, located on the banks of Twin Lakes, offers more upscale dining, including such local specialties as elk and MacFarlane Ranch pheasant, in a rustic but elegant atmosphere. Dating back to 1924, the lodge also features a fireplace-heated sitting room where you can play a quiet game of chess.
Want something a little more active than just picking up a menu? Try tubing or surf sledding after dark (with light sticks) at Woolly’s Tube Park, where fans of snow and speed of every age can hurtle down the groomed lanes. Or aim for some ninepins at Mammoth Rock ‘n Bowl, where you can also show off your skills on three golf simulators, foosball, darts, and ping pong, or shop at the golf-and-bowling pro shop. It’s also where the après crowd goes to catch pro sports on TV while enjoying a drink.