There’s a plethora of options on an Eastern Sierra ski trip. So, you need to focus. Know the classics and tick them off.
To start with, there are 3 mandatory experiences on any Eastern Sierra ski trip: Jolly Cone, Mono Cone, and the Mobile Mart. Don’t mess this up, please. People will laugh at you.
The best food is likely at Mobile Mart. Yes, a gas station has the best food in the Eastern Sierras. But this is no ordinary gas station. Mobile Mart is the what’s what of the Eastern Sierra displaying the who’s who. Why? Because it’s excellently located at the junction of 395 (the Eastern Sierra highway) and 120 (Yosemite’s legendary Tioga Pass road). This crossroads attracts climbers, skiers, mountaineers, German bike gangs, dirt bikers, all the passionate outdoor people looking to get theirs in the springtime in the Eastern Sierra. Mobile Mart is the ideal place to gather data from humans about the adventure you’re planning on.
Jolly Cone is in Bridgeport, CA and Mono Cone is in Lee Vining, CA. Get ice cream for sure and we highly recommend the Chicken Bacon Swiss Sandwich at Mono Cone.
Secondly, there’s the hot springs and hot rivers. Yes, 20-foot wide, 100F rivers. They are located near Mammoth Airport and near Bridgeport and generally all over the Eastern Sierra. Get naked, get weird, get naked and weird. Or don’t.
Finally, there’s the skiing and riding. It’s abundant, plentiful, ubiquitous, and everywhere. Guide books on these zones abound but all you really need to know is this: drive to the top of the passes, look around, pick a line, and ride it. 9,945′ Tioga Pass (hwy 120), 9,624′ Sonora Pass, and 8,736′ Ebbetts Pass, and Virginia Lakes Road are the spots.
The best time of year for all this adventure is springtime right when the passes/Mono Cone opens.
Good luck, have fun, and send me pictures. Seriously, send the pics: firstname.lastname@example.org
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