The Deal: $2 beers, $4 wells, $4 wine & bubbly, and half-off wings and pizza at happy hour (Mon-Thur, 4-6pm; Fri-Sun, 2-6pm)
The Lowdown: Located in The Village, just a few steps from The Village Gondola, Smokeyard’s central location makes it a great first stop after skiing. Said location also provides a great excuse for why you’re still in your ski boots at midnight. With consistently good bar food, the only bummer about this daily happy hour is that it’s only offered in the bar, which can fill up fast. They also have plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, because, uh, Sarah's with you and you know she's gonna want that. Standouts include tri-tip and curry chicken skewers ($6), loaded mac & cheeses ($9), and four-cheese pizza ($8 -- about the price of a slice on the mountain).
The Deal: $5.50 breakfast burritos ($3 after 1pm) and $2.50 mimosas from 9:30-11am with breakfast purchase
The Lowdown: Getting food quickly in Mammoth is about as easy as getting somewhere quickly on the 405 at 9am, but Stellar Brew pre-makes breakfast burritos, so you can get to the hill, or just start eating, quickly. The tortilla-wrapped handhelds include two eggs, potatoes, green pepper, and onions, as well as your choice of bacon and cheddar; turkey and pepper jack; spinach, tomato, and feta; or jalapeño, salsa, and cheddar. This is also one of the few places in town that caters to diets ranging from vegan to paleo and gluten-free. And if you're somehow motivated to slope it up early, no problem -- they open at 5:30am.