The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth
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Mammoth Lakes, CA is nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Situated at the base of Mammoth Mountain, The Westin Monache Resort is a year-round adventure destination. No matter what season, Mammoth Mountain is stirring with activity. The summer months bring adventures of hiking, mountain biking, gondola rides, fishing, rock climbing, and golf. The winter season spells Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding.

Known as the gateway to Yosemite National Park, the Mammoth Lakes area is full of exploration opportunities. In addition, wilderness areas named after renowned naturalists John Muir and Ansel Adams offer great opportunities for hiking and exploring the quiet beauty of nature. The Westin Monache Resort is a great jumping off point for many adventures. Set among a beautiful backdrop of endless natural landscapes, this luxury resort is waiting to host your next travel quest.

»Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites

The Westin Monache has 210 suites in four classes: deluxe studio suite, one-bedroom suite, two-bedroom suite, and the two-bedroom luxury suite. Standard amenities include kitchens with dishwashers, flat screen cable television, and internet access. Large windows with spectacular views, gas fireplaces, and patios complete the features for these luxury suites. ADA-approved rooms are also available. Room service is offered 24/7, and the Westin is a pet-friendly resort. Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is by 12 p.m. Package deals are available, and they include area attractions and local, seasonal events.

Deluxe Studio Suite

This open concept suite is perfect for a romantic getaway. Appointed with a king-sized bed, the suite is open and airy. The kitchenette includes an intimate dining space. Create your own meals, order in, or go out and enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

One-Bedroom Suite

This suite offers the privacy of a bedroom with the openness of a living space including a kitchenette and dining area. The one-bedroom suites have a private patio. There is a queen sofa bed to accommodate extra guests. This suite also comes in a second configuration called the One-Bedroom Den Suite, featuring an extra living space with sofa bed to accommodate a total of six people.

Two-Bedroom Suite

This suite has a king bedroom and a queen bedroom, as well as a sofa bed in the living space. Sleeping six, this suite comes complete with two luxurious bathrooms. The private patio affords stunning views of the surrounding mountain range.

Two-Bedroom Luxury Suite

With “luxury” as its middle name, this suite boasts the best of the best. The extras in this suite include 2 king-sized bedrooms, 3 private patios, a Bose stereo system, and a full kitchen. Perfect for family or friends, this suite provides you a home away from home.

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»Dining

Dining

The Westin Monache Resort is home to the Whitebark Restaurant. Serving up breakfast and dinner, this restaurant offers many traditional favourites along with several signature dishes. Hours of operation are breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; lounge from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. In-room dining is also available. Numerous other restaurants are available in the Mammoth Lakes area. Check with the concierge for options, hours, and transportation.

Conferences & Meetings

Specializing in small to medium events, The Westin Monache Resort can accommodate your next business or pleasure event. From conferences and retreats to gala receptions and weddings, The Westin can put together an event to remember. With a meeting space that can be divided into three smaller venues or combined into one grand hall, The Westin is suitable for elegant meetings of every kind. The catering service is in-house and can be tailored to your specific event. A wedding specialist is also available to help plan your special day.

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»Summer Activities

Summer Activities

The Mammoth Lakes region is home to two golf courses: Sierra Star and Snowcreek.

The Sierra Star Golf Course was designed by Cal Olsen. The 18-hole, par-70 course has forest-lined fairways and breathtaking views. The 6,708-yard course is rated 71 with a slope of 133. Rentals are available and the course offers lessons and season passes.

The Snowcreek Golf Course was designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. This 9-hole, par-35 course has a more challenging landscape. This course has fabulous views of Mammoth Mountain, and features a small clubhouse with a café and pro shop. Lessons are available for those who are taking up golf. Collared shirts are a requirement along with other appropriate golf attire including non-metal spikes. Players must provide their own clubs.

The Westin Monache Resort offers shuttle services to local attractions.

Scenic Gondola Ride (Seasonally Operated)

Mammoth Mountain's 11,053-foot summit is waiting for you to explore its massiveness. Relax on a gondola ride to the top, or experience the stunning, panoramic views of the Sierras. The views you see topside will take your breath away. Afterward, you can hike down the mountain or take the gondola back down. Either way, you will be impressed by the view.

Mountain Biking and Hiking

With 85 miles of mountain biking trails and miles upon miles of hiking trails, this is a great way to experience the Mammoth Lakes area. Guided tours are available, but you can also strike out on your own. See the concierge for more information.

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»Winter Activities

Winter Activities

There are over 3,500 acres set aside for skiing at Mammoth. With an average snowfall of 400 inches, this mountain resort lays a great snow foundation. Rental skis and snowboards are available. In addition, a ski valet is on site to store your ski/snowboard equipment, anddrop off and pick up are easy.

Nordic Skiing

For a great workout surrounded by beautiful scenery, try cross country skiing. Nineteen miles of groomed trails are available at the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Centre, which isopen from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Here you can rent equipment and find maps to the trails. Lessons and guided tours are also available.

Snowmobiling

The Mammoth Lakes region offers over 100 miles of trails. In addition to the groomed, multiuse trails, there are over 150,000 wide open acres on which to explore via snowmobile. Snowmobiles must be registered in California. Contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles for more information. For full details, check the website here.

Mammoth Ice Rink

An outdoor ice skating is an iconic winter sport. The skating rink is open for leisure skating and also has hockey games scheduled throughout the week. The skating season spans from December through March, and the rinkis only open weather permitting.

Dog Sledding

Just like something straight out of a Jack London book, try your hand at dog sledding. Huskies and Malamutes lead the way on a tour of a lifetime throughout the mountain range.

24-Hour Fitness Studio

The Westin Monache is host to the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. The high-tech equipment and customized workouts will help you keep your fitness routine. Westin has partnered with New Balance to offer equipment rental, making it easier to keep up with your healthy lifestyle without having to transport extra clothing and footwear. Athletic shoes and apparel can be rented for $5. One, three, and five-mile running trails have been certified by New Balance as well. Maps are available at the concierge desk. There is also a year around, outdoor pool with two hot tubs, offering an excellent way to soothe achy muscles after a morning hike or a day of skiing. In addition, there are several spas in the Mammoth Lakes region. Check with the concierge for details.

Westin Kids Club

Offered for children ages 4-12, the Westin Kids Club is a happening place. The club is opened daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Activities include games, colouring, books, arts and crafts, movies, and a variety of toys. The cost is $10/hour for the first child and $5/hour for each additional child. The club is only open to Westin Monache guests. Photo:

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»Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation

The Westin Monache Resort is located in the pristine Sierra Nevada Mountains. Summertime fun brings laughter and adventure as you try your hand at one of many options. Wintertime pleasure brings crisp sunny days filled with invigorating activities such as skiing and skating. Cosy up to the fire with your loved one and reminisce about the day's events. This resort offers affordable luxury for the whole family on a vacation that will build memories to last a lifetime.

The Westin Monache Resort is located in east central California, so you can get to it via several international airports: Los Angeles International Airport, McCarran International Airport, Reno/Tahoe International Airport, and San Diego International Airport. Just over 300 miles from LAX and McCarran airports, it is a 5-hour drive to the resort. The Reno/Tahoe airport is the closest at 164 miles or a 3-hour drive. The San Diego airport is the furthest, being 400 miles or a 6½-hour drive to the resort. Seasonal flights are also available via Horizon Air to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, which is about 6 miles away from the Westin Monache Resort. If youcan book the right connecting flight, this may be the best option for reaching the resort quickly.

Ground transportation is available via rental cars with several options located at each of the airports. Lengthy bus and train travel is available from LAX but not recommended unless you have plenty of extra time.

The Westin Monache Resort caters to your pets as well. In the room, dogs are treated to plush dog beds, water and food bowls, and special treats. Dogs are allowed on the gondola in order to take in several of the dog approved trails. Many regional restaurants with outdoor patios will allow dogs to accompany their owners: The Side Door Bistro, The Lakefront, The Base Camp, Convict Lake, The Rafters, Smoke yard BBQ and Chop Shop, and Gomez's Restaurant and Cantina. There are also swimming holes specifically designated for dogs: Red's Lake and Horseshoe Lake. The final feature for dogs is a do-it-yourself dog washing station.

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