Mammoth Lakes, California, has a trendy vibe, although it may not seem obvious at first. Some of us dreamers and trend seekers have a vision of Snowboard Land as a happy fantasy-on-earth place where no one has to work, the air is clean, the people are especially good-looking and everyone toasts with full glasses as big fat puffy flakes of snow blanket the woods. Mammoth Lakes has this fantasy pretty dialed, if you know where to look. Want to take the current pulse of Mammoth trends? Here’s a roundup of the places to check out.
To see the part of Mammoth Mountain where skiing and snowboarding trends are being set and pushed, look no further than the famous Unbound Terrain Parks, Official Training Ground for the US FREESKI and Snowboard Team and the setting for countless ski and snowboard films. The best vantage points are from the Main Lodge sundeck or the Panorama Gondola.
Original California snowboard shop Wave Rave has been through every snow and skateboard trend since 1989. It’s like command central of dreamy Snowboard Land.
The hip setting at Black Velvet Coffee is tops for morning coffee, but don’t miss the afternoon beer and wine scene here, popular with in-the know people who like to just chill.
Dinner at Skadi, in an unconventional warehouse setting, is an upscale experience beyond typical American cuisine. Ingredients are unique to the mountains and presented creatively.
The best place to ask a bartender to prepare you a uniquely California craft cocktail or an inventive hot toddy to warm your senses in a new way is 53 Kitchen & Cocktails, located on street level at the Village at Mammoth, where live music is offered most weekends.