Mono County, CA – Cross-country skiing in the Eastern Sierra is an experience of unparalleled scenery, serenity, fitness and fun for beginners to experts, thanks to the varied terrain and unrivaled backdrop of the Sierra Nevada landscape near Mammoth Mountain. Cross-country ski trails across Mono County offer a wide variety of options, from a short, free jaunt around a park to adventure dining and backcountry access.
Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center in Mammoth Lakes is the largest Nordic resort in the region with 30 kilometers (19 miles) of cross-country skiing trails that wind through breathtaking alpine sc
Shady Rest Park, right in the Town of Mammoth Lakes, also provides a 1.8-mile groomed track, free of charge, weather permitting.
Enjoy a more remote Nordic skiing experience at the Rock Creek Lodge, which offers winterized overnight cabins, 15 kilometers of groomed track, access to backcountry terrain, as well as fine dining in a forested, ski-in setting. A snowmobile taxi is available for guests checking in, and every evening to bring folks up for Adventure Dining – a four-course, prix fix gourmet menu, served family style. Reservations are required. Open mid-December through the first weekend in April.
Silver Meadow in June Lake makes for a great cross-country ski for families or beginner skiers, thanks to its easy two-kilometer track, but the stunning scenery below the Sierra Crest makes it a must-do for all ability levels. Free; open and groomed based on snow conditions.
The right amount of snowfall allows for cross-country skiing at Mono Lake which can be an “otherworldly” experience with the occurrence of freezing fog, called “pogonip.” The icy fog laces and layers the famous limestone tufa towers with a delicate, sparkling sheen of ice crystals. Follow directional signs to South Tufa from SR 120 East, off US 395. Contact the Mono Lake Committee Visitor Information Center (open year-round), for more details.
Bald Mountain and Obsidian Dome between Mammoth Lakes and June Lake, just off U.S. Highway 395, are also popular cross-country ski areas, when conditions permit. The dark, volcanic Obsidian Dome is set off in stark contrast in snowy conditions and shouldn’t be missed. Free; Obsidian Dome track is groomed periodically by the Inyo National Forest Service.
At the northern end of Mono County, the Bridgeport Winter Recreati
To find out more about cross-country skiing in Mono County, or dining and lodging options, call (800) 845-7922 or go to www.monocounty.org.