SCHAT’S BAKERY & JACK’S
This past weekend we drove up with a big group of people to Mammoth Mountain to go skiing! We got picked up Friday morning at 12:30am and Scott made the trek to Mammoth while we all tried to get some shut eye. We arrived in Bishop around 5:45am and patiently waited for Shat’s Bakery to open. This place is AMAZING. Everything is baked fresh right on site and the donuts literally melt in your mouth!! There is also another location right in Mammoth that is a bit smaller than the Bishop location but just as delicious! They both have a deli connected to it for lunch, again with fresh baked breads! This is a must when traveling to Mammoth. Another recommendation in Bishop is Jack’s Restaurant & Bakery. The waitresses have just the right amount of sass and their 7 grain bread is to die for! They toast it perfectly with just the right amount of melted butter. Oh my. You won’t be sorry!
CONDITIONS ON MAMMOTH
After we got our donuts and coffee on we headed straight to the slopes. It had just snowed the night before so there was fresh powder! I LOVE powder! My husband, not so much. He sinks into it and then falls and then can’t get up (its pretty hilarious to watch) BUT I am so light that I just glide right over it. Powder makes me feel more comfortable on the slopes as well because I know that if I fall it will be cushioned!
So the snow was perfect, the trails were all open however it was FREEZING. My poor little feet were literally numb for 2 days straight! I haven’t experienced cold like this since skiing on the east coast when I was a kid and let me tell you it was way too cold. We took breaks every couple hours to thaw out and have a beer (which I would have done anyway LOL).
Despite the cold, it was a great day on the mountain and we had fun breaking in our new skis and my new snowsuit! After we had our fill of fun, we headed back to the condo and went in the hot tub! So nice to truly warm up after a long day out in the cold! While we thawed in the hot tub, the rest of the crew went to the market to prepare dinner!
After dinner, we all played the game What Do You Meme…. HYSTERICAL! It is the same concept as Cards Against Humanity but with photos that you have to give a caption to. We were all cracking up the entire time!
Next morning we woke up to Canter’s Monte Cristo’s to get a nice base before we headed out for another day of skiing! Hancy and I went off in the morning by ourselves and then we met everyone at McCoy’s for some bevvies and lunch. After that we all went skiing together! The group took us out on some black diamonds and expert trails that were so awesome and I loved being pushed outside my comfort zone. It was quite windy the 2nd day but being with everyone definitely helped. There are quite a few places on the mountain to sit and relax. Canyon and Main lodge, McCoy’s and The Mill were our go to. The Mill has food, a full bar, a nice fireplace to warm up or lounge chairs outside if its a bit warmer. That is definitely my favorite place to take a break!
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN PRICING
Skiing isn’t the cheapest sport out there and Mammoth Mountain isn’t an exception. A 16oz beer will run you $9 and a 24oz beer will run you $13. Ski rentals will cost you upwards of $60 per day. You also want to buy lift tickets in advance. Liftopia and Costco both have deals but Liftopia’s fluctuate depending on the weekend. Costco has 5 single day lift tickets for $449 which comes out to almost $90 per day for your ski pass. As you can see all of this racks up to a small fortune. If you plan to go more than a couple times per season then buying a season pass is the way to go. A season pass will gain you access to all four mountains (Bear, June, Mammoth, Snow Summit) but it will cost you anywhere from $800- $1050 depending on when you buy it.
We only go a couple times (if that) per season so for us it just makes sense to buy a ticket every time we go. We work hard and enjoy the people that we go with so for us its worth it. Plus where else can I practice my sweet dance moves?!
One thing we didn’t do this trip was hit up Mammoth Brewing. This is also a must if you like beer and find yourself in Mammoth. They have a plethora of delicious beers that will delight any beer enthusiasts palette. They have ample seating inside as well as out, the food is pretty darn tasty and the portions are decent! I recommend getting a flight of beer to taste all of the different options and then pick your favorite pint from there.
This was one of our best trips yet to Mammoth and I am excited to go back!