Are you over the grueling five-hour drive from Los Angeles to Mammoth Mountain for that ski fix? Horizon Air just announced nonstops from LAX to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, starting December 18th with affordable tickets at $79 to $99 each way. A mere 65-minute flight and you’re carving turns in the powder. Need a deal on a place to stay? Snowcreek Resort will offer 25% off their midweek nightly rentals from January 4-29th and a $14 shuttle from the airport. Mammoth Mountain, on track to elevate its status as a world-class destination, has also partnered with Joachim Spichal’s Patina Group to up the culinary ante and serve great eats at the ski resort. Speaking of outstanding food slope-side, Deer Valley, legendary for its gourmet cuisine, has announced their annual Celebrity SkiFest set for December 5-7th. Robert Kennedy Jr. rounds up a scintillating crowd to raise money for his Waterkeeper Alliance and CBS shoots the slalom races where celebrities and Olympians team up for a weekend of s-turns and fun. Last year’s guests included Larry David, Glenn Close, James Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Marcia Gay Harden and more. Finally, powder hounds rejoice as Telluride is opening Revelation Bowl, a massive above-the-tree-line bowl for fresh tracks and epic views, part of its 400-acre expansion.
Novelist Jeanette Winterson reminds us about the magic of snow in her book The Passion by saying, “They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we recover from the wonder of it?” Now pray for snow and enjoy the wonder of it all.