Another Village favorite is the recently renovated Yodler, with its Alpine-y vibe and Swiss/ German vittles; did someone say homemade schnitzel?
Meanwhile, the no-frills-but-always-fun Tusks appeals to the 20-something set, with killer views of the slopes, slightly overpriced but awesome drinks, and Jager flights built into old skis, aptly dubbed Shotskis.
Where to stay: For a pack-‘em-in guys' weekend, the Village Lodge is a solid choice, with suites and one- and two-bedrooms that come with full kitchens, balconies, and fireplaces.
Though a bit farther from the nightlife, Mammoth Mountain Inn is your budget play, assuming you don’t mind dated, sometimes shabby décor (Pro tip #3: rooms in the main building are a step up from those in adjoining buildings).
Pro tip #2: A well-kept secret for excellent side country is June Mountain, Mammoth’s lesser-known sister, about 20 minutes away; it reopens on December 13 with 500 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain, plus an additional 2,590ft of vertical.
Dining: After years of slogging along with mostly unremarkable restaurants, Mammoth’s culinary scene -- with new chefs and a renewed focus on local and seasonal ingredients -- is finally starting to reflect its California roots.
This ski resort is packed to the gills with everything you'll need for a truly epic ski vacation.