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This past spring, my family and I were invited up to Mammoth Mountain for some awesome skiing and tubing! Mammoth is perfectly suited to local families because of its convenient proximity to the Southland. On top of that, SoCal families can take advantage and enjoy of all the amenities and perks of skiing at a first-class, full-scale resort like Mammoth Mountain.
During our two-night, three-day getaway, we stayed at The Village Lodge, right in the heart of the restaurants and shops within walking distance to the gondola. At the gondola, families can rent a locker for the day or store their skis there for added convenience. The Lodge is the perfect spot for families because it is a condominium-style hotel with a full kitchen, yet with the guest services of a luxury hotel, including: front desk services, concierge, housekeeping, complimentary local and airport transfer shuttles, a heated pool, five hot tub spas, and three fitness centers! The full kitchen enabled us to prepare our own breakfasts and I cooked one dinner (an easy meal of spaghetti) because I knew the kids would be too tired to eat out after a full day of skiing. We ate out one night and strolled around the village which was beautifully lit for an evening stroll. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Starbuck's right outside our lobby (for that must-have cup of java in the morning for mom!) AND a Ben and Jerry's for the kids!
During our weekend stay, we skied one full day and went tubing on the second. Since my husband used to be a ski instructor in his younger years, our kids all started skiing when they were three or four years old. This year was extra special because all three of our kids were able to get on the slopes together! After years of teaching or having a baby/toddler in tow, we were finally able to ski as a whole family. Even our youngest at five years old was able to navigate the mountain and do some mini-moguls! We appreciated the helpful lift operators and friendly staff assisting our kids on and off the ski lifts. There were also hosts stationed throughout the resort to answer our questions or direct families to restrooms and the food court. Mammoth offers plenty of easy and intermediate runs for families! Our kids loved the Family Fun Park areas with easy moguls and jumps for kids to try out. We spent a majority of our day near Canyon Lodge and took all of the lifts from that point. Mammoth also offers a full-service ski school teaching tots to adults and first-time skiers to those who want to brush up on their skills.
On day two, we headed over to Woolly's Adventure Summit which is Mammoth's new tubing and snow play park. We had a blast zooming down their well-groomed tubing runs and relaxed on the way up the lift! Each run is approximately 400 feet long! There is also a small snow play area for tots including mini-tubing and other fun activities. The best part is that the play area is free! For two hours of tubing fun, tickets are $40 (weekdays and weekends).
We absolutely enjoyed our getaway up to Mammoth and recommend this as a top-notch family destination! And yes, we loved staying right in the heart of the village with all of the added conveniences of eateries, cafes, and shops! We can't wait to go back for our next snow getaway!
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For MAMMOTH FAMILY DEALS, check out the link! Make sure to check out the $30 lift ticket for kids, the Mommy or Daddy and Me Deal (adult + child for $100), the $99 Parent Tag Team ticket, and the Beginner Ticket for $59 (adults)!
Mammoth Mountain Resort invited our family as guests to the resort as part of preparing this article.
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