We spent the President’s weekend 2010 in June and Mammoth Lakes for skiiing! We left on Thursday afternoon from MPH and arrived at the Heidelberg Inn about 7:30 p.m. or so, just in time for ice cream sundaes. Dinner at La Casita in Bishop, fajitas not too bad. La Casita is on the left as you enter Bishop on South Main. We stopped at the Paiute Palace in Bishop for some R&R. It is about 4 hours to Lone Pine and about 2 more hours to June Lake.
Friday morning we headed via the Mammoth Scenic Loop cutoff (off 395 north of Mammoth) to Warming Hut 2, i.e., Canyon Lodge. We left about 8:30 and arrived just about 9:15 or so. Preferrred parking was well worth the ＄20, right next to the lodge. We rented equipment and purchased lift tickets at the lodge, ＄67 for demo rentals and ＄87 for lift tickets, OUCH!
We were on the mountain by 10:00 a.m. ready to ski. Canyon has some nice runs and we worked our way across to the Midway Lodge for lunch. Burgers were great and we ended up meeting Mr. and Mrs. Short from RIMHS, a small world! The afternoon had us wrapping up by 3:00 p.m. The weather was perfect, a little windy up top, but few lines and great snow.
After skiing, we toured the new Village Complex, a little area with the new Village gondola uploading to Canyon Lodge.
Dinner was at Giovanny’s pizza in the Von’s shopping center, it was pretty good! We were back to the Heidelberg for the 2010 Winter Olympics opening show. The Charthouse was filled with reservations already for Valentine’s Day!
We had to check out of the Heidelberg Inn (we had 2 nights from our timeshare) and headed to June to ski on Saturday. We figured better to ski Mammoth on Friday and June on Saturday of a busy, holiday weekend.
Again, we rented gear at June. But, you have to purchase your lift ticket at the bottom, upload via Chair 1 and then rent at the rental shop up top. We were there by 8:45 a.m. and thought our line was long, we were waiting at the bottom of the stairs. We found out later, that the upload line went almost out to the street later in the day! Again, we were ready to ski about 10:00 a.m. or so. Lift tickets were ＄64 and demo rentals were ＄38, much more reasonable!
I think we need to have our own gear again, this was a pain in the a＄＄
We skied to about 11:30 or so and had lunch at the midway Stew Pot Slims at the bottom of Chair 7.
We skied the afternoon until about 2:30 or so, took the Silverado trail back to the lodge and downloaded to the car.
The Tiger Bar was our apres-ski stop for a quick beer.
We headed to Mammoth, checked out the McCoy shop in the Village for our ski photos from yesterday and picked up a couple. They came out quite nice.
Dinner was at Angel’s, on Main Street. The ribs (me) were delicious but the smoked prime rib (Sandy) was a disaster. I guess it it best to stick to what a restaurant specializes in! Dessert was at Eric Shat’s bakery and we are staying at the Best Western High Sierra Hotel. Nice and clean!
All for now. We need to try the Mammoth Brewery sometime!
We decided to return home in the morning and pick up the ’82 Toyota truck at Grandma’s because the house is for sale and we are heading to the River next weekend. I think it is time to sell thet truck and move on … Eric Shat’s in Bishop was our quick midmorning stop. What a bakery and so many choices. From Mammoth to Grandma’s was 5 hours on the GPS and from Lone Pine to Grandma’s was 3 hours. Mammoth to Bishop is about 35-45 minutes, downhill/uphill.
A great trip!