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May 2023

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detour destinations FEATURED IMAGE: PHOTO BY JOSHUA WILDER OAKLEY ALL OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIA PARK Fit for a Movie Mammoth's fully reimagined Sierra Nevada Resort honors its Hollywood-era history O N MARCH 29, MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN announced that it received 28 inches of snow overnight, bringing the total season snowfall to a whopping 695 inches and officially breaking the all-time record. My family and I didn't need any convincing to head up and see it for ourselves, so we set out for an Easter weekend getaway to the renowned alpine destination. Our timing was perfect because Sierra Nevada Resort, an Outbound Hotel recently debuted a complete reimagination encompassing 179 accommodations including deluxe rooms, fireplace suites, and chalets with an inviting lobby, contemporary dining concept, and wine bar. And when Mother Nature allows the renovation to resume, a collection of ten free-standing cabins will round out the offerings along with an outdoor food garden with rotating food trucks, a heated spa tub alongside cozy firepits, and a natural-edge pool overlooking the Sierra slopes inspired by the area's hot springs. e property was originally built in 1967 by Jerry Buss, a real estate developer and owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. His prominence led the hotel to become a favorite getaway for Hollywood's elite including John Wayne, the "Rat Pack," and Jerry Lewis. In fact, a 1905 Stodart piano originally owned by Clark Cable is on display in Bar Sierra, the resort's new contemporary California restaurant concept. Speaking of movies, the ninth annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival takes place May 24-28. In partnership with Sierra Nevada Resort, the five-day festival screens independent features and shorts and was named one of the "Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine. While my husband and our seven-year-old daughter finished their afternoon session on the mountain, I enjoyed a tour with Managing Director Brent Truax, who shared that San Francisco- based studio EDG Design led the Sierra Nevada Resort's redesign. During the comprehensive multi-year renovation, the team preserved select architectural features from the property's original layout including an iconic centerpiece fireplace that soars to the top of the lobby's vaulted ceiling among exposed cedar beams. "It's been an honor to thoughtfully restore and reimagine this historic property while keeping intact its early Hollywood legacy and unbridled spirit," said Truax. BY MIA PARK Sierra Nevada Resort's newly remodeled Fireplace Suites feature residential-style furnishings and fixtures ranchandcoast.com 68 MAY 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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