Flights to an Eastern Sierra mountain will revolutionize your ski weekend. No chains required
For a nice Spanish cava: A ski town is lucky to have a wine bar like Petra’s Bistro, with a hearty wine list, apps like baked brie, and couches by a roaring fire. 6080 Minaret; 760/934-3500.
For on-mountain beer and brats: Pull up a seat and a stein by the fire at the Yodler (pictured), a Swiss chalet– style spot at the mountain base. On sunny days, the deck is the money spot. $$; 1 Minaret; 760/ 934-0636.
For a pint and a steak: Whiskey Creek is an old-school Mammoth mainstay, a folksy place where you can have a house-brewed beer in the pub and then sit down to a steak dinner. $$$; 24 Lake Mary Rd.; 760/934-2555.