Point Those Skis Downhill, but Which Hill?

Ski season is upon us, an we’re getting calls from increasing numbers of downhill fans. It’s a fun time of the year, and we hope this is a long season. One of the great things about this time of year is the many choices you have to pursue your ski passion. We’re pleased to have some of the most luxurious destinations to make your time off the slopes almost as fun as your time on them. Here are a few great options we have.

skiingBig Bear is our most popular ski destination.  The great thing about skiing in Big Bear is how convenient it is to get to the slopes. Many of our Big Bear vacation rental cabins are within walking distance of the slopes, and all the rest are a short drive away.  Choose one of our luxury Big Bear cabins, and you’ll have a struggle each day to leave the luxury of your cabin for the thrill of the slopes. Book a couple extra days, so you can get a full measure of enjoyment from both. View our Big Bear cabins and book online at this link.

If you’re a Mammoth Mountain fan, we’ve got a couple of great options. We have two adjacent condos at Juniper Springs Lodge that provide a great home base for some serious skiing. This is a true ski-in/ski-out destination, and the ski lift is right outside your door.

Park City consistently rates as one of the top 10 ski resorts in North America, and we’ve got a great way for you to enjoy your stay there even more. We have a slope side condo located at the base of Park City Mountain next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts. Located in the Snow Flower resort, this has some great amenities to enjoy off the slopes as well. One of the most popular is the heated pool kept at a toasty warmth year round.

Whichever one of our destinations you choose, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin, condo, or estate is going to be a luxuriously relaxing part of your next ski getaway.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Making a Merry Holiday in Mammoth Mountain

If you’re in search of a winter wonderland for a holiday retreat, you’ll soon realize that southern California doesn’t offer as many options as other parts of the country might. The options that are available, however, are of no lesser quality than their midwestern competitors. A few hours outside of Los Angeles, there are snowy landscapes and powdery ski slopes for all. Mammoth Mountain skiing is among the best.

One of the best spots to find these features is in the welcoming Mammoth Mountain. Though mammoth sightings are not guaranteed, an array of winter activities is. One of the highlights of the area is the majestic ski slopes, which tourists and athletes alike travel to enjoy.

The slopes along the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains are renowned for their accessibility for practice and competition. Even if you are looking for a more casual ski, you can take advantage of its many terrain parks and two gondolas. The whole family will have a great time trekking up and down the snowy mountain.

If Mammoth Mountain skiing isn’t your scene, there will be special events held throughout the season. The annual Night of Lights happens on December 17 and offers a vibrant precursor to Christmas celebrations. Held at 1000 Canyon Blvd., Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, the fireworks show is sure to leave a lasting impression. You can learn more about this and other events by calling 800-626-6684

At the end of the day, nothing is better than relaxing and taking in the scenery, and nowhere is easier to do this than in luxury accommodations. Five Star Vacation Rental offers the finest lodgings in Mammoth Mountain, including features like a gourmet kitchen, dining room, luxury linens, and on-site shopping. We go above and beyond to make every stay special, and with the holidays on the horizon, there’s no better time to plan a getaway for the whole family.

Mammoth Mountain is just one of many locales you can retreat and relax in a luxury vacation rental. We also have lodgings available in Nuevo VallartaBig BearPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Off Season in Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain is known as the top spot—no pun intended—for outdoor fun and activities in Big Bear. This is especially true in winter when snow and low temperatures make it the perfect destination for skiing and snowboarding. Don’t let that fool you, though. Mammoth Mountain offers plenty of fun year-round, including many summer activities that visitors can indulge in. If you’re hoping to spend time appreciating the great outdoors in Big Bear, head to Mammoth Mountain to take in activities such as hiking and mountain biking amidst the area’s most beautiful natural scenery.

Hiking is actually one of the biggest attractions visitors in Big Bear visit for, and there’s no better place to find a trail than Mammoth Mountain. Here, you can appreciate the blanket of trees, including majestic pines, douglas firs, cedar trees, and junipers. Your hike may also turn into an impromptu animal watch. In the mountain, critters such as squirrels and chipmunks are common, but you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a bobcat, fox, or mountain lion. The summer months are a perfect time to hike the altitude of the mountain and take in the sights.

If hiking doesn’t entice you, however, maybe mountain biking will. During summer, Mammoth Mountain offers the only lift-served trails in California, so you can easily transport your bike to the top of the mountain and trek along its trails. Mountain biking offers an intense workout paired with the opportunity to enjoy the natural scenery. Few activities are as high energy, and few will offer the same chance to see the beauty of Big Bear from atop a mountain. This Mammoth Mountain activity is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you want a stunning experience, you can embark on the trail.

Big Bear is a year-round destination because its beauty and attractions never disappear. While you may not be able to hit a ski slope, you can bike down a mountain instead. Summer offers sunny days and bright prospects for fun. Five Star Vacation Rental offers luxury vacation homes in Big Bear so that you can enjoy activities on Mammoth Mountain and retire to the comfort of your rental. Fireplaces, gourmet kitchens, and other luxurious features make it the obvious choice for your next stay in Big Bear.

Big Bear offers hiking, biking, and a plethora of other outdoor activities on Mammoth Mountain. Five Star Vacation Rental also offers luxury accommodations in  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Plan Your Mammoth Mountain December Getaway

Mammoth Mountain has some of the finest skiing found anywhere in the world.  It’s little wonder that come ski season, our Mammoth vacation rental condos are so popular.  We offer units that are right on the slopes for a true ski-in/ski-out experience.   And while many of our guests will take advantage of the wonderful convenience of reaching the slopes mere moments after leaving their condo, there’s Mammoth also has lots of activities that will tempt you to spend some time off the slopes as well.

Beautiful and Luxurious – Adjacent to the Slopes

Our Juniper Springs units offer a wide array of great amenities:

  • Skiing – direct chairlift access and walk to Eagle Lodge next door (Dec. – April)
  • Mountain biking – direct trail access
  • Mammoth Lakes Public Trails out the front door
  • 2 heated pools heated to 84-88 degrees year-round
  • 6 hot tub spas
  • Large outdoor fire rings
  • 2 fitness centers
  • Purchase lift tickets, arrange adventures at front desk
  • We know you’re going to love the skiing, but  take a look at some of the great things to do outside the resort during your December stay:

    The Edison Theater is offering up a hilarious redo of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” and you’re going to want to make time for this.  The theater is just a few minutes drive away from the resort, and the play is running Thursdays through Sundays all month long.  Some dates are starting to sell out, so be sure to contact the theater in advance to buy your tickets.  Call 760-934-6592 for reservations.

    If you’re in town on December 7th, be sure to head over to main street to enjoy the annual tree lighting.  You’ll enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies while everyone joins in to sing Christmas carols while the beautiful lights are switched on.  It’s a great outing for the entire family.  Click here for more details.

    December 8th and 9th the USASA Unbound Snowboard and Ski Unbound series comes to Mammoth Mountain on its international Half Pipe tour.  Registration is open to anyone, so this is your opportunity to share a run or slide on the pipe with some of the best.  Visit the USASA website for more details and entry information:  http://www.usasa.org/regions/western-region/unbound.html.

    The evening of the 8th and 9th offer an entirely different flavor of entertainment.  The Felici Piano Trio joins with the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra & Choir to host an evening of beautiful classical music including some holiday favorites by Handel and others.   There is limited space available, and you can get more details and order tickets on their website: http://www.felicitrio.com/concertcalendar.html

    View our Mammoth vacation rentals on this page. Getting to Mammoth couldn’t be simpler.  Alaska Airlines has flights to Mammoth (MMH) departing from LAX several times a week.  And the drive up from Southern California has some amazingly beautiful stretches of road, so you may just want to load up and hit the road for  your getaway.  Either way, once you arrive you’ll be greeted by the quality and luxury all our guests come to expect from their Five Star Vacation Rentals.  We’re constantly working to make sure your precious vacation time is filled with comfort and enjoyment while you’re at one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental properties.

    Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to help you plan your ski getaway to Mammoth Mountain.


    Dreaming of a White Christmas? That’s One of Our Specialties

    One of the great things about Southern California is the close proximity we have to so many diverse climates and activities.  We can travel east for a short time and quickly change from city living into the desert communities of Palm Springs and La Quinta.  We travel west and hit the amazing shoreline with beaches and fishing.  Just a short drive to the south, and we can enter Mexico, which we’re convinced offers the most authentic, um, Mexican food, on the planet.  And within just a couple hours drive of virtually anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can find yourself at some of the most popular theme parks and movie studios.  It’s really an amazing place, but perhaps even more so during the winter.

    Big Bear skiing awaits

    Winter brings a new element to Southern California that is found in very few places on earth.  Within a single day and just a couple hours drive you can go from wearing short sleeves and shorts, to skiing down a mountainside covered with fresh powder snow.  There’s really nothing quite like it anywhere else.  And for many Southern Californians, the opportunity to spend some time in the snow is something they really look forward to.  We understand.  We feel the same way.

    The great thing about our Big Bear vacation rentals is the amazing amount of activities available for the family.  With the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, there’s enough skiing to keep even the most avid skier smiling for many days.  But in addition to the skiing, Big Bear has some of the best shopping you’ll find anywhere.  Local arts and crafts can be found in many of the Village shops.  There is a huge variety of local restaurants and other activities as well.  Take a look at our Big Bear vacation rentals on this page, or call us at 310-780-3411 to book your getaway.

    Our Mammoth Mountain condos are right on the slopes and offer some of the best skiing you’ll find anywhere in the world.  We offer ski-in/ski-out units, so that you can enjoy every last moment  your heart desires racing down the slopes.   Our units have shopping on-site and are the best home base possible for your next ski trip.  Click here to take a look at our vacation condos at Mammoth Mountain.

    Mammoth has miles and miles of ski runs

    We’re also pleased to offer a beautiful Park City condo right the base of Park City Mountain located next to the Three Kings, First Time, and Eagle chairlifts.  This luxury vacation rental has cathedral ceilings and a balcony overlooking the slopes.  So pack your skis and give us a call.  You’re certain to smile until your face hurts with this one.  Here’s the direct link to our Park City condo.

    We’ve got so many great choices for your snow vacation, it may seem a bit overwhelming.  Please give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best vacation rental for your winter getaway.


    Spotlight on Mammoth Mountain Vacation Rentals

    Grab your skis. It's time!

    California is the most amazing place to live, isn’t it? Your intrepid blogger is still turning on the air conditioning with our current heat wave, but he just glanced at the calendar of events and sees that the Mammoth Mountain ski season opens in just a few weeks.  Yes, that sound you hear coming from the garage is your skis whining for some attention.  You’re still running around in shorts and stopping for the occasional Slurpee on the way home, but pay no mind to these things.  Winter is here.  You may not feel it, and it may seem too soon, but it’s not.  Grab a rag, dust off your skis, then grab your credit card, and give us a call.  We’ve got some great Mammoth vacation rental condos that are just as eager to see you as you are to see them.

    Opening weekend at Mammoth is always an amazing event.  At 8:30 am on Thursday, November 8th, Mammoth kicks off a huge weekend of festivities.  The first chair goes up and the celebration begins.  This is one of the year’s biggest events in Mammoth.  Snowfest is celebrated with live music, movie premiers, and much more.  Visit their website for the full lineup of fun.

    If you’ve never been to Mammoth for a ski trip before, you’re really cheating yourself out of one of the great experiences in the life of a Southern California skier.  The quality of the skiing rivals that found in some of the top resorts around the world.  And the sheer number of runs available usually insures that you actually spend your time skiing rather than fighting downhill traffic.  Ski runs are available for all skill levels, with some amazingly long runs for intermediate and expert skiers that give  you outrageous amounts of downhill time.

    We’ve got ski-in/ski-out condos that are perfect for your getaway.  We have 2  Juniper Springs condos next door to each other, so you can put together a group of up to 8 people to share.

    Go Fishing!

    And for all our anglers out there, the “Ambush at the Lake” Convict Lake Fall Trout Derby is ongoing through the middle of November. This is a great annual event with thousands of dollars in prizes. Drop a line, hook some cash! The entry fee is only $15.00, and it can be some great family bonding time hanging out on the lake trying to stay warm. Visit this link for more details. Bring blankets, a Thermos of hot chocolate, and some old memories to help create a few new ones.

    Don’t forget that we also have Five Star Vacation Rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta,  Southern California Beaches,  and Big Bear.  Each of our destinations offers a huge variety of activities for the entire family, so call us to book your next vacation.  We’ll help you plan a vacation you’ll always remember and want to repeat.