Winter recreation kicks into high gear

Plentiful snow means almost everything is open

By Wendilyn Grasseschi Times Reporter



Alberta Newspaper Group

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It’s Thanksgiving week in Mammoth and with plentiful snow and lots of bluebird skies in the forecast most of the week, almost all the area’s winter recreation options are available, from snowshoeing to ice skating to cross country skiing and of course, downhill skiing and snowboarding. Most gravel recreation access roads, such as those to the Glass Mountains, the Bald Mountain, the Sherwin Creek area and more are now covered in snow, allowing for some early season snowmobiling (on some roads – check grooming and snow depth ahead of your trip) snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The Town of Mammoth’s paved Trail System is now under snow and ready for winter hikers, skiers and snowshoers. So, what all is there to do in Mammoth and the surrounding country this week? Plenty. • The Mammoth Track Club is hosting the 8th Annual Mammoth Lakes Turkey Trot through the Trails community. The 2K (1.24miles) loop will take place snow or shine and commences at 9am on November 24. Register online at: • The Village at Mammoth and the Town of Mammoth Lakes present a kickoff to the holidays and start to the Spirit of Giving Week with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5:30 pm on November 25. • Mammoth Ice Rink: Opening Day and FREE Skate Night is Friday, November 25. The Mammoth Ice Rink is owned and op erated by the Town of Mammoth Lakes through a partnership with the Mammoth Unified School District and Mono County Office of Education. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is committed to providing the most enjoyable outdoor ice-skating experience possible. Weather permitting, the Mammoth Ice Rink is open 7-days a week (November - March) with public skating sessions offered every day. Go to for more information. With 4-6 feet of snow from the last storm, Mammoth Mountain is open and the Mountain will continue to expand terrain as conditions allow. Go to https://www. for more information. • Mammoth Mountain Now Open: • Mammoth Mountain’s Snowmobile Adventures: Will open from November 19-27, then operate Fri-sun each weekend before opening daily for the season on December 16. • Mammoth Mountain’s Woolly’s Tube Park: for the season on Friday, November 25. Scheduled Opening Day is Saturday, December 17. Go to for more information. • June Mountain Ski Area: • Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center: Tamarack Cross-country Ski Center is open. Kick your winter up a notch and get in great shape this season. Explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin on crosscountry skis or snowshoes for some scenic family adventures or buttkicking fun across 19+ miles (30+ kilometers) of secluded, groomed world-class trails. Rentals, lessons, guided tours and season passes are available from the Tamarack Cross-country Ski Center, located at Tamarack Lodge. Go to for more info. The 2.9 mile Shady Rest Nordic Trails and 1.2 mile Sherwins Winter Trail are open. For more information and a map, go to to view the Winter Recreation Map, the Shady Rest Winter Trail Map, and a Responsible Recreation information handout. For up-to-date grooming reports check the Trails Conditions page on Also, remember to clean up after your pooch, and if you bag it, take it! • Town of Mammoth Nordic Trails: Expected to open • Inyo National Forest Recreation Conditions: Go to https:// Cross country skiing or snowshoeing along the quiet shores of Convict Lake? Well, now you can! for more information. • No Parking on Town Roads Nov. 1- April 30 Remember, there is no parking on Town of Mammoth Lakes roads from Nov. 1 – Apr. 30 due to snow removal danger. Paid overnight parking is available (see below). “The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reminding citizens and visitors that from Nov. 1 through April 30, no parking is allowed along all town streets unless otherwise noted,” the department said. “Vehicles found parked in violation of these ordinances are subject to receiving a parking citation and/or in some cases, vehicles may be impounded at the owner’s expense,” they said. Paid overnight parking is available throughout the winter at the following locations: Mammoth Mountain RV Park, at the Berner Street parking lot near The Village at Mammoth, and the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. • Overnight parking: