cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Mammoth Lakes, CA

Twenty-five miles of groomed trails, actually summer roads, wind around four of the dozen or more high Alpine lakes for which the town of Mammoth Lakes is named. Tamarack Lodge, 760-934-2442; 800-237-6879, www.tamarack.com) a 75-year-old summer hunting and fishing lodge now owned by Mammoth Mountain, maintains these trails and charges $18 for access ($13 for ages 10–17 and seniors; free if younger than 9). The Lakes Basin includes many trail heads into the backcountry, where no fee is charged. Rentals and lessons are available. On weekends it's advisable to reserve. CCSAA member

Rock Creek Lodge (877-935-4170, www.rockcreeklodge.com) in Mammoth Lakes
has 15 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Rentals and lessons are available including telemark skiing. Rustic and modern cabins located in the John Muir Wilderness. Guided or self-guided adventures.CCSAA member