MID-MAY DECISIONS: When one sees the graduation greeting cards line the shelves, and one starts to receive invitations to Memorial Day barbecues, and one feels the approach of summer, one needs to make a decision: Will there be one more snow moment to this season or not? If so, and one would like to ski one final time, at least regionally, before next November or December, one must act come Mid-May. Slopes are doing the shuttering thing, though some will push the bye-bye date with a few creative twists. For creative twist numero uno, look no further than Mammoth Mountain, which is touting a Ski-Bike-Golf Challenge over Memorial Day Weekend, the final weekend that the slopes'll be open at the Sierra resort.
YEP, YOU REALLY CAN.. go skiing, do some pedaling, and swing a club, all in a matter of hours. There might be a perfect window for all in the late autumn, but the Memorial Day deal is solid: pay ninety bucks, get unlimited skiing and biking, nab nine holes of golf, and enjoy a lodging deal, too. It's part of the West Coast Invitational, so you'll receive an invite to the invitational's reception. We like it because it is an offbeat threesome. Sure, you can swim and bike and run, and that is totally amazing (and difficult). But skiing is almost never part of a trio that also includes common summertime pursuits.
MOUNTAIN SUMMER: And the mountain doesn't shutter come the warmer weather. Mammoth has stuff to do of the hiking, biking sort. The gondola also runs people up the hill for picnics and lunch. That sounds pretty summertime chillaxy to us. Yep, we just broke out "chillaxy," but easier/breezier days are nearly here. It fits.