52 weekend getaways: Ski and winter
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Mammoth Lakes( Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times )
Before the face-lift, Mammoth was known for its rustic charms. It was a hodgepodge of hotels, strip malls and mom-and-pop eateries, but that didn't bother most of the skiers and snowboarders who came only for the mountain experience. Thanks to an average of 33 feet of snow and 300 days of sunshine each year, the experience was usually good.
The resort took a transformative step in 2008 when Mammoth Mountain teamed with Patina Restaurant Group in an effort to improve its culinary offerings. To make the slopes more convenient, Horizon Air began nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
-- Hugo Martín
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