After a last year’s ski season was shortened by COVID lockdowns and the difficult off-season that followed, people have never wanted to get back to Mammoth Mountain and its snow more than now.
Fortunately, California’s Regional Stay Home Order was lifted on January 26th, opening Mammoth Lakes’ lodging at reduced capacity. Before you rush to town though, there are still local COVID restrictions and guidelines that you need to know about to stay safe and keep our community healthy. To help out, we’ve put together a short guide to what California’s Stay at Home Order being lifted means for Mammoth Mountain. Check it out below and stop by ASO Mammoth for your rental gear before you head to the snow.
Mammoth Lakes Hotels and Short-Term Rentals are Open
One of the most notable effects of the Stay Home Order being lifted is that hotels and short-term rentals are now open with modifications like capacity limits.
Masks and Social Distancing are Still Required at Mammoth Mountain
Although the Stay Home Order has been lifted, Mammoth Mountain is still taking COVID seriously.
Reservations are required for non-Ikon pass holders.
Masks are required indoor at all lodges and other resort buildings as well as lift lines, chairs, and gondolas. Social distance is encouraged all over the mountain and enforced through limited capacity and suggested spacing where possible.
Mammoth Mountain is offering takeout food and beverages through mobile ordering options so you can order and eat while staying socially distanced.
Despite the COVID safety restrictions in place, Mammoth Mountain is also still providing all the essential services needed for a day on the snow. Restrooms, lockers, rentals, and guest services are all still open and running so you have all the support you need to have a great visit.
Mammoth Lakes and Mono County are still Under COVID Restrictions
Although the state’s Stay Home Order has been lifted, Mono County is still classified as purple, or widespread, under California’s blueprint for a Safer Economy. If you’re not sure what that means, then we recommend checking out California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy site where you can enter any California county and see what restrictions are in place for each type of business and activity.
Mono County’s purple designation means that many non-essential indoor operations are closed. However, there are still many businesses and activities that are operating with modifications. For example, if you’re staying in a hotel then fitness centers are likely closed and masks are required when outside of your room. Short-term rentals like Air BnB may require a certain amount of time between guests. No matter where you stay though, you can expect to wear a mask and social distance where possible as Mono county has local ordinances requiring it.
For more information about Mono County’s COVID response and the most up to date local information, click here to open Mono County’s COVID-19 response page.
Mask up for Mammoth
If you plan on visiting Mammoth Lakes, then please also plan on following all local and state COVID measures. Mammoth Lakes sees over a million visitors a year, and with all those people traveling from across the world there is a high chance that locals and visitors alike are exposed to COVID. On top of that, the local hospitals are meant for a small population and as a result could be more easily overwhelmed by a COVID outbreak.
Please do your part to protect Mammoth Lakes by following county orders like mask requirements so Mammoth can stay open and healthy!