Mammoth Lakes Town e-News
Winter Holidays in Mammoth Lakes!
The holidays in Mammoth Lakes are a magical time of the year. The beauty of the mountains, the snow in the trees, the animated snowflakes lighting up the night sky, and the spirit of a small community all combine for a memorable experience. When you come to a ski town for Christmas, skiing, snowboarding and snow sports are most likely on your list of adventures. But there are so many other activities and events to enjoy over the holiday season. At the top of the list is the one-of-a-kind Night of Lights on December 17 at Canyon Lodge, and from December 20-23 in The Village, meet Santa and Woolly at SantaVille. On December 22, Skate with Santa at the Mammoth Ice Rink, and finally, celebrate the sendoff to 2022 with a free concert and fireworks show in The Village!
LA Kings Announce Historic New Ice Rink Partnership
The Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Tourism (MLT), and Mammoth Lakes Recreation (MLR) have launched an historic new, community-driven partnership with National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, the LA Kings. As part of the expansive, multiyear partnership, brokered by AEG Global Partnerships, the partners have teamed up to launch LA Kings Ice at Mammoth Lakes – the Town’s first indoor Olympic-sized ice rink. The forthcoming LA Kings Ice at Mammoth Lakes will operate within a newly constructed, multi-use Community Recreation Center (CRC) that is set to open to the public in 2023. Additionally, as part of the agreement, MLT will continue its longstanding relationship as an official partner of the LA Kings. “We could not be prouder to be working in partnership with Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Mammoth Lakes Recreation and the Town of Mammoth Lakes to bring LA Kings Ice to Mammoth Lakes,” said LA Kings President and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. “We know this project will have a lasting and positive effect on the Mammoth Lakes community and we are delighted to help elevate the quality and experience of ice sports for its residents and visitors, many of whom are also avid hockey fans and players.” Click here to read the entire Press Release from December 7, 2022
The Parcel Construction Update
Construction at The Parcel reached a major milestone at the end of November, with placement of all of the approximately 100 prefabricated building modules onto the 2nd floor podium of both buildings, topping out both buildings at their final four-story height. The buildings are currently being further weather-proofed to allow ongoing interior construction of utilities and finishes throughout the winter months. Installation of structural steel framing for the single-story childcare center and community space at the south side of Building A will continue as long as weather permits. Further site work, including installation of dry utilities, roads and sidewalks, is suspended until the spring. Phase 1 of The Parcel, aka “The Sawyer” incudes 81 apartment units within 2 buildings, at several affordability levels and with a variety of unit sizes between studio and 3 bedroom, as well as a community space, childcare facility, and a public park. Units are expected to be available for occupancy toward the end of next summer. Anyone interested in living at The Parcel should contact the Town developer’s property manager, Buckingham, at (855) 452-8250 (option 0) for additional information and to be placed on the waiting list. #theparcelnews
Welcome to our New Town Council!
On December 7, 2022, the Town Council adopted a resolution reciting the fact of the Municipal Election held on November 8, 2022, declaring the result and such other matters as provided by law and conducted the administration of the oath of office to newly-elected Councilmembers Chris Bubser and Amanda Rice and re-elected Councilmember John Wentworth. Following this action, Town Council by vote, appointed John Wentworth as Mayor and Bill Sauser as Mayor Pro Tem for the following 12-months. Council members are selected and appointed by the Council each year to serve in the position of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Congratulations to Chris Bubser, Amanda Rice and John Wentworth, who join Sarah Rea and Bill Sauser to our new Town Council!
Best Ski Town in North America!
Mammoth Lakes has won the honor of “Best Ski Town” in North America in the 2022 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest. Nominees for all categories were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Check out the press release here.
Fly to Mammoth Lakes this Winter!
This season, air service to Mammoth Lakes is expanding to offer more reliability and better connections through the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, 40 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes, on United Airlines. Fly direct from Denver (DEN) or San Francisco (SFO) or connect from hundreds of cities across the country. Winter service will operate from December 15, 2022 through March 21, 2023. Fly with Advanced Airlines from Burbank (BUR), Hawthorne-LA (HHR) and Carlsbad (CLD) directly into Mammoth Lakes (MMH). For those flying into LAX, there is a free shuttle to your flight out of Hawthorne (must be reserved in advanced). Winter service will operate from November 23, 2022 through April 10, 2023. For a discounted rate, purchase ten, one way, fully transferable tickets. Find more information here.
Town Meetings and Community Event Calendar
- December 13: Planning and Economic Development Commission Meeting
- December 17: Night of Lights
- December 20-23: Santaville at The Village at Mammoth
- December 21: Town Council Meeting
- December 22: Skate with Santa at the Mammoth Ice Rink
- December 31: NYE Fireworks in The Village at Mammoth
- Visit the Town’s website for meeting agenda’s and to watch the meeting’s live or view the Mammoth Lakes Events Calendar.
- Meetings held in Suite Z (Council Chambers, Minaret Village Mall) unless noted.
Mayor’s Spirit of Mammoth Award Presented to the Town of Mammoth Lakes Employees
Mayor Lynda Salcido honored the long-standing tradition of recognizing a person, people or organization for their outstanding and valued contributions to the community with the Mayor’s Spirit of Mammoth Award on December 7, 2022. Mayor Salcido presented the 2021 Spirit of Mammoth Award to the employees of the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Congratulations to all Town employees and for Mayor Salcido’s service to our community.
Get Your Skates on Mammoth Lakes!
The outdoor ice rink is open for the 2022/23 winter season. Join us on Thursday, December 22 from 5:30-7:30pm to Skate with Santa! The facility offers public skating sessions, skate improvement programs, adult and youth hockey programs, and curling. Amenities include skate sharpening, skate rentals and snack and beverage services. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is committed to providing the most enjoyable outdoor ice skating experience possible. Please visit the website for session times, fees and the rink schedule as they are subject to change based on ice and weather conditions
Community Recreation Center (CRC) Update
Crews this week continued to build out the interior Sprung components and operating amenities. The locker room CMU walls are going vertical, work continued on the metal framing for the westside storage, mechanical and Zamboni rooms that are mostly framed out, and the large HVAC air-handling ducts are being hung from the ceiling. LED lights are scheduled next as power is planned to be ready in early January. On the outside, apart from lots of shoveling, crews continue to build out the mechanical enclosure for the new 300 Ton air-cooled Trane chiller and HVAC units. The Town appreciates the community’s understanding and patience as we work towards enhancing our community recreation amenities. Look for weekly #crcupdates on the Town’s Facebook page.
Park, Facilities and Trails Update
Please click here to view the status of our parks, facilities, MUP’s, and sidewalks. Volcom Brothers Skate Park restroom is open and we have portable restrooms in place at Shady Rest Park.
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Be SnowSmart this Winter!
Mammoth Lakes receives some of the heaviest snowfall in California. Driving during a winter storm puts yourself, your passengers, those traveling around you, and plow and emergency crews at risk. Plan to travel after the roads are plowed or use FREE public transit. Please visit the SnowSmart website for tips and for updated road conditions visit roads.dot.ca.gov or call (800) 427-7623.
- Keep children indoors and they should not play in yards, build snow forts or dig caves near the road while its snowing.
- Don’t walk in-front of snow removal equipment.
- While driving, stay at least 50 feet behind snow removal equipment.
- When chain control conditions are in effect, the maximum speed limit is 25 mph.
Protect Your Property
- It is a violation to park on any roadway from November 1 through April 30 and park all vehicles/inside the orange snow stakes.
Light It Up
- Leave the exterior lighting of your home on at night during winter storms and identify the entrance to your driveway with reflective poles.
- Do not place cleared snow in the roadway or within 10ft. from road’s edge and all snow must be stored on your property.
Benton Crossing Landfill to Close December 31, 2022
The Benton Crossing Landfill will officially be closing to the public on December 31, 2022. Beginning Monday, January 2, 2023, all Benton Crossing Landfill customers will be directed to the Pumice Valley Landfill and Transfer Station (Pumice Valley Landfill). All other local solid waste facilities and services will remain available. The Pumice Valley Landfill is located approximately five miles east of U.S. 395 on Hwy 120 East. Landfill operations are overseen by Mono County Solid Waste; this includes burial of Construction and Demolition waste, as well as the processing of Clean Wood Waste which is beneficially re-used on site.
Please Leash Your Dog!
It is unlawful for any dog owner to allow their dog to run at large within the Town of Mammoth Lakes Municipal Boundary. The Eastern Sierra offers an incredible outdoor playground for dog owners to play and walk with your dog(s) off-leash. The Town is moving forward with plans for a dog park with construction expected to commence in the fall of 2023. Thank you for your commitment in keeping Mammoth Lakes safe and beautiful for all to enjoy! Learn more about Dog Resources, Licensing, Education and Enforcement.
News from the Inyo!
Stay up to date with news, events, and activities on the Inyo National Forest and Mammoth Ranger District.
(From Town of Mammoth Lakes)