In The Snow
At age 50, Northern California’s MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN just emerged from a makeover befitting its name. Canadian developer Interwest installed a new pedestrian-only base village with 2 cozy lodges, 32 shops, and a 15-passenger high-speed gondola that whisks skiers to the slopes. If 32 feet of average snowfall doesn’t warrant the three-hour drive from Reno, perhaps Mammoth’s happening social scene will. Village rooms from $210. (800) 626-6684,