Morning is for the slopes
Obviously you’re going to ski/board/snowmobile Mammoth Mountain. Not doing this would be like going to the moon and not saluting the American flag. So get out there ahead of all those lazybones and hit the slopes (or the plains if you’re into cross-country) as soon as they open. With 28 lifts and 150 trails stretching 3,500 acres, you’ll never glide down the mountain the same way twice. Woah. That's kind of philosophical.
If your heels won’t be pinned down, then Mammoth Lakes’ many cross-country ski trails range from a fun couple of miles to a mighty 14. Whew! Feel the calories! You'll earn your hot chocolate tonight.
We know you got in early, but hold off your appetite and take a late lunch; everyone else will abandon the slopes to hit the lodge, leaving you to enjoy the extra elbow room. When the hills fill up again, that's your cue to get your well-deserved midday meal.
The appropriately named Delicious Kitchen is known for its massive, meaty sandwiches. Tip: make your lunch sweet and smoky with the burnt ends sandwich.
If you're done skiing for the day, check in at the 53 Kitchen & Cocktails, where a beloved atmosphere melts warmly into evening entertainment. The item to have here is (warning: don't drool into your keyboard when you read this next bit) their fresh pretzel bread with stout cheese dip.
If you're looking for a quicker bite, Latin Market Taqueria's authenticity draws praise from even the most demanding SoCal palate at rock bottom prices, and if you don't get the sope, you're a dope (pretend that rhymes).
If health food is your bag, hit the wellness-conscious Food Cache Cafe (grab yourself a Dragon Bowl Z açaí bowl. You're welcome), where a party of mixed diners can enjoy everything from steak to vegan -- and not that sacrificial vegan meal of steamed greens, either: real, nutritious, tasty vegan food.