Pick your pad
For convenience: You’ve seen a faux Alpine village at a mountain base before, but you can’t beat the Village for ease. It’s steps from the gondola, and everything—coffee, rentals, groceries—is right here. The Village Lodge condos (pictured) have kitchenettes and hotel-ish perks like robes, a pool, and a concierge. Now, ski home on the new (as
of last year ) Village Ski Back Trail. $910 for 2 nights and 2 lift tickets for 2 days; mammothmountain.com/lodging.
For off-the-charts charm: Be prepared to fall hard for Tamarack Lodge , a way-charming 1924 throwback hideout at Twin Lakes, where afternoons are made for sipping hot buttered rum in front of the fireplace, or strapping on cross-country skis and gliding right out the door into the forest. You’ll need a car to get here (it’s 2.5 miles from town), or hop on Mammoth’s free shuttle, which swings by every hour. Lodge rooms from $119, cabins from $299; 2-night minimum; tamaracklodge.com.
For a slopeside crash pad: Powderhounds can ski in, ski out at Mammoth Mountain Inn, near the Main Lodge (from $125), or Juniper Springs Resort, by the Eagle Lodge (from $150) mammoth mountain.com/lodging.