Photos of the Week 5

Forgive me for mostly doing a lot of photo only posts lately, that's primarily because there isn't a whole lot to do around town right now. Only about a third of the mountain is open for skiing and snowboarding so far and because of this business in general around town is slow for the time being. But that's soon to change with the holidays coming up. In the meantime, here are some more photos from around Mammoth.

I'd say that the snow out there is a little worse than mediocre. It hasn't snowed in a few weeks and it has been terribly cold and windy lately (5 F at night and gusts upwards of 100 mph at the mountain summit), so the conditions have only been getting worse.

 

 

Photos of the Week 4

Last week the Mammoth Mountain opened up for skiing. Haven't really been up to much, so I haven't been taking many pictures, but enjoy nonetheless!

There isn't a whole lot of snow on the mountain, as such only 4 chair lifts are open out of 23, so the riding isn't the best, but it's nice to be out there able to get a few runs in before laundry has to be done.

Let's Talk About Where I Work

Tamarack Lodge was built in 1924 by the Foy family from Los Angeles, on whom the Bob Hope movie "The Seven Little Foys" was based. The family used the house as a place to entertain guests from Hollywood. In 1927, Lloyd B. Austin bought the property and would subsequently own it for the next twenty years. It was during this time that cabins started being built, fishermen during the summer and skiiers in the winter. At the time there were no roads to Mammoth Lakes, so all transportation in the winter was via dog sled, snowshoe or ski.
Over the decades, the lodge changed owners a number of times. Cross country skiing was added to the resort in the 70s and The Lakefront Restaurant in the 80s. Today the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area owns and operates Tamarack Lodge.
As it stands now, Tamarack Lodge has over 30 cabins and over 10 rooms in the lodge. Virtually all of the cabins are unique to each other. There are studio, one, two and three bedroom cabins, all with kitchens, most with fireplaces. One of the biggest attractions to the lodge is The Lakefront restaurant (a lot of people tell me that it's the best restaurant in town, and I honestly agree with them), which you can find out more about and see a menu by clicking here.
Cabin 11 is out premier 3-bedroom cabin.
The studio cabins are quite quaint.
A 1-bedroom cabin.
Cabin 25, a 2-bedroom, is one of my favorites.
The interiors of many of the cabins have recently been renovated, a necessity as many of the cabins date back to the early 1950s.
Some of the cabins have absolutely fantastic views.
Tamarack Lodge is located directly across from the Twin Lakes, which has great fishing and beautiful views.
You can even have weddings on the property.
It really is a beautiful place and it's pretty great that this is what I see everyday when I get to work.

Photos of the Week 2

For my days off I drove down to Los Angeles for my friend Roig's birthday. It's a five and a half hour drive from Mammoth to L.A., a very beautiful five and a half hour drive.

Boxcars with mountains in the background.

There just so happened to be a birthday party for my friend Sarah (so many birthdays!). It just so happened to be at the Moonlight Rollerway. It just so happened to be "Organ Night." (click the video below to view)

http://vimeo.com/30249470

It rained almost the entire time I was down there, which was unfortunate, but that very same storm dumped 18 inches of snow down on Mammoth. Almost immediately after I passed the "Welcome to Mammoth Lakes" sign, I was surrounded by snow, in the air and on the ground.

The next morning, I woke up to this sight outside of my bedroom window (click the video below to view)

http://www.vimeo.com/30149720

While it isn't unusual for it to snow here in October, it won't be here for long. It's expected to get up to the 60s this weekend, so it's doubtful that the snow will be on the ground for much longer.

All this, just as the leaves started to change color.

I've Moved!

Since my last post in May, I've made a few moves. After staying with my parents in Miami for a few months, I packed up my things and drove across the country to Los Angeles where my friend Jonathan let me crash on his couch while I looked for work. Work was no more forthcoming there than in Miami. So after I while I broadened my search to outside the LA area. Part of that search was to a number of ski resorts, and to my surprise I was offered most of the jobs that I applied for (some that I wasn't particularly qualified for either). Of those offers, I accept one in Mammoth Lakes, California at Tamarack Lodge.

Ever since I went snowboarding in Nagano I have been thinking about how much I'd like to live in a ski resort town and be able to enjoy both the drastic change in scenery from Florida as well as be able to go snowboarding whenever I'd like, no just for a few days. This is why after I kept running dry on my searches in Los Angeles I switched over to ski resorts.

Mammoth Lakes is a small town, population 8,000, one large grocery store, there is no door-to-door mail delivery (everyone in town as a P.O. box) and every one seems to to know everyone. A lot of people seem surprised that there are ski resorts in California, but not all of California is beaches and sun tans. There are mountains galore all over the state, just as well, the northern border of the state is more north of all of Colorado, Salt Lake City and even Chicago. There are actually more than 30 ski resorts all over the state of California.

My job here in Mammoth is that of Front Desk Clerk at Tamarack Lodge. Tamarack Lodge is located a few miles outside of town on Twin Lake. The main draw is our private cabins, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, a lot of people come to Tamarack to get away from the buzz of the main village and just relax next to the fireplace. In the winter we are a cross-country skiing resort with miles of trails and a staff of Olympic athletes. It's honestly a very beautiful place.

A beutiful landscape, a meadow and lake in the foreground and mountains in the background.

This also means that I'm going to be back at making regular posts here at KRMR.com. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments feel free to leave them in the comment section or shoot me an e-mail at KramersEmail@gmail.com .