Leave the Skis at Home

2017-11-22 07:41:14

Maybe you’re visiting Mammoth Lakes area but you’re not a hardcore skier or snowboarder. You are looking for something a little bit different? You might be searching for an experience that is more than just a lift up a slope and sliding back down again? Here some options of fun-filled adventures to take advantage of during your time at Mammoth Lakes.


1. Rent Snowmobiles

Snowmobiling through the thick powder is definitely a perfect mesh of tranquil forests and high speed chases (kind of like that part in Star Wars). You can start with safety instruction from a professional. They will guide you to an open area for you to let loose and race these hot rods across the outdoor highway. This could very well be the most fun you can have in the snow!

2. Flying

Have you ever dreamed of flying over lush fluffy clouds, through mountain peaks, and over dense rich alpine forests? Then maybe your next trip should include a helicopter ride over Mammoth Lakes. This exclusive journey gives you a birds-eye-view of EVERYTHING! You will be treated like a VIP for an afternoon, watching all the ant-sized people scurry around below you. You’ll fly so high, you may never want to come down.

3. Ice Climbing

This sounds extremely dangerous- because it is! Thankfully you can join a class of others, in your skill level, to climb up the side of a frozen waterfall. That’s right, I said a frozen waterfall! If that has not peaked your interest and gotten your adrenaline pumping then nothing will.

4. Totally Tubular

More of a laid back type? You may be looking for something other than skiing that still allows for fresh powder. Tubing is perfect for you! No actual skills required to have a good time on these slopes. There are parks located nearby that specifically lift and drop you directly on the upper trails. No climbing or hiking necessary (unless you want to, then there are plenty of sledding hills to trek).

5. Bodie Ghost Town

For my history buffs, there is the Bodie State Historic Park close by. This is a California gold-mining ghost town. What once held a population of over 10,000 people, today survives preserved in a state of "arrested decay." You can walk through the deserted streets. Some buildings remain as they were left abandoned, stocked with goods. Bodie was designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962. The park also has a visitor center and museum. Open Summer 8am-7pm, rest of the year 8am-4pm.

Devils Postpile

Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation and the surrounding pristine mountain scenery. This monument (total of 798 acres) consists of the Devils Postpile, a collection of visually stunning basaltic columns, and 101-foot high Rainbow Falls. There is a moderate hike of about half a mile to see both sites. At this 7,560-foot elevation, on a hot day, the hike may seem especially challenging, so plan accordingly with water and sunscreen in tow. The park is generally open from mid-June to mid-October.

Written By: Emily Hauck