Want to ski the slopes of exclusive Mammoth, but can’t afford the hoity-toity condo resorts? Stay at the Innsbruck Lodge (Forest Trail btwn. Hwy. 203 and Sierra Blvd., 760/934-3035, www.innsbrucklodge.com, $93–240). Economy rooms offer twin beds, table and chairs, and access to the motel whirlpool tub and lobby with stone fireplace at super-reasonable nightly rates. Other rooms can sleep 2–6, and some include kitchenettes. The quiet North Village location sits on the ski area shuttle route for easy access to the local slopes.
If you’re planning to ski June Mountain, stay at the Boulder Lodge (2282 Hwy. 158, 800/455-6355, $77). This inexpensive lodge provides an array of options, from simple motel rooms for short stays to multi-bedroom apartments and even a five-bedroom lake house for longer trips and larger groups. The Boulder Lodge takes guests back a few decades with its decorating style—the browns, wood paneling, and faux leather furniture recall the 1950s. But the views of June Lake, the indoor pool and spa, and the wonderful outdoor recreation area surrounding the lodge are timeless.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition