Overview: In 1973, the Schaubmayer family opened this European-style lodge in the heart of Mammoth Lakes, a mountain town nestled at 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada. A recent remodel updated 58 units. The offerings now include basic hotel rooms, fireplace suites, and one- to two-bedroom cabins.
Notable: The Alpenhof is also home to Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar, where you can taste wild mushroom ravioli and tour the world by wine next to a roaring fire.
Stay Here If: You want to ski bell-to-bell and kick your boots off in a charming ski lodge, without paying top dollar for slopeside luxury.
Information: Winter rates start at $129 for basic rooms and $249 for two-bedroom cabins. alpenhof-lodge.com—Monica Prelle
From the Early Winter 2014 issue.