Letter to the editor: Way to go Mammoth!

mammothA Letter to the Editor,

With all the negative news coming out of Mammoth these day, much of it surely warranted, there is a very positive side as well that I think should be shared.

I ‘d  been away from Mammoth for some 10 years and now find myself back at home, back where I am happily meant to be. And in that time much has changed. Main Street has been beautifully landscaped and maintained. Another golf course was added which golfer or not protects the area from more condos and buildings and creates a beautiful preserve of the area. A bike path was built all the way to Horseshoe Lake and through-out the town, a path I find extraordinarily beautiful. And Mammoth now has a FREE transit system; in a town this size is unbelievable. If more locals would only use it we could become a model for other communities, reducing our own carbon foot prints, saving the environment, and showing the world how to be green. Way to go Mammoth!

There is a new ride in town, the village gondola, ya I miss the old market there, but I find the Village to be the new and needed town square. As for Mammoth Mountain, the snow making and grooming is world class. To see what they do in even a lean snow year is to me a bit of a miracle. Way to go Mammoth!

The events are non stop through-out the summer, bringing in the dollars that our tourism based community surely needs to survive. There was a time when Mammoth was primarily a one season ski town, and the push for a year-round resort was the craze. Well whatever people think of how Mammoth got to where it is today, good or bad, I personally have never seen Mammoth more vibrant and more busy with tourist than it is today. Way to go Mammoth!

There is talk now that for Mammoth to be a true year round resort it has to do something about its shoulder seasons, the spring and fall. I disagree. I think Mammoth and the locals that live here need the time and space to collect themselves, relax, rejuvenate, take a break before they all come back again. Mammoth deserves a break, Way to go Mammoth!

And finally, I had read recently that the Town was contemplating concessioning out the parks and recs department of Mammoth to somehow do it better. So whilst biking up the bike trail the other day through Shady Rest I found the new park and recs office next to the Visitors Center and walked in to simply say: Way to go Mammoth, I have never seen it better!!!

Michael J Ahles


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18 Responses to Letter to the editor: Way to go Mammoth!

  1. Ken Warner September 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I glad you like it. I think it’s important to have people with positive attitudes about the place where we all live.

    I wish I could share your joy. I can’t. I think the quality of life has diminished in the 13 years I’ve lived here. And I see too many opportunities to improve the quality of life neglected because the town government thinks it’s more important to advance the business community without thinking about the impact on the overall quality of life for the people who live here.

    A happy population will bring joy and happiness to the tourists who come here. Those tourists will feel better just by being here and will want to spend more time here and come back more often. That’s the best marketing strategy that can be had.

    Making the people who live here happy will pay back more to the economy of the town than the TBID ever will and will have a long term positive effect.

    • Economic factors September 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      If you cannot afford to live in Mammoth Lakes, you most likely will find ways to diss it.

      • Benett Kessler September 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

        That’s assuming who you are talking about has an envy problem and doesn’t like where they live.

      • Mark June 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

        Funny you mention that, the only problem I have with TOML is the people that live there that can’t afford it. They are the ‘takers’ I posted earlier about.

        Many of them call themselves liberals, but they are not liberal enough to return a favor. They just keep on taking.

        They’ve been cut off. No more support from me.

      • Wayne Deja June 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

        Economic Factors…..If I “could afford” to live in Mammoth I’d live in Bridgeport.

        • RAM June 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

          I tell people a similar story when they come to look at purchasing the 5 million dollar house next to mine. “If I could afford a 5 million dollar home I would live somewhere else”.

    • Dave June 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

      It will be much better once the town of Mammoth bans all cars to the lakes basin and only allows registered vehicles for maintenance of the land. All wood fires should be banned. Co2 tax increases and large fines for all homeownes who do not have energy effeciant houseing.

  2. 360 uturn September 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I’ve got to honest about this one…If I left Mammoth 10 years ago and just came back, I’d see nothing but greed and over development. Remember Pioneer Market?

  3. Happy Trails September 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Way to Go MJA ~ So refreshing to hear some positive words about this beautiful town !

    Thank You !!!

  4. Falling Leaf September 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    With all due respect 360, greed and over development is an understatement. We can’t see the forest through the buildings.

    • MK September 10, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      That’s too bad you can’s see the forest. There is still plenty good around us.

      Did any of you get out to see the start of the Fall century on Saturday?
      It was quite a sight. I think that events like this are great.

  5. Wishful Thinking September 10, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    There are two kinds of people.
    Those who live in this beautiful, friendly town of Mammoth Lakes, California –
    and those who wish they did.

    • Mark June 23, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      We have another name for people that live in Mammoth. We call them “takers”, they take but never return.

      • Mammothite June 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

        I’m afraid your jealousy is showing, Mark.

        • Mark June 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

          yeah right, they’re calling me, I’m not calling them.

      • Wayne Deja June 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

        Mark….kinda like some that go there to visit….,but never return.

  6. Dan September 10, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Happiness comes from within, not from what your city council provides you. And a tourist does not care or know if you are personally are happy. If they come here and there are no restaurants to eat at, no places to shop, and no places for entertainment, THEY are not happy and will not return and there will be no businesses here, thus no economy. A happy resident does not provide an economy,thriving businesses owned by locals and providing jobs to locals do. Should Dave Mc Coy never have built this ski area? Is that greed too? I would be willing to bet that a large percentage of all those people that hate the Village, have been on that gondola,and have gone to one of the various cool events there.
    I bet they got on a plane here and flew somewhere. Should there be no airport too?
    The intent is good but the management of it all sometimes is not the best,that’s all….
    The Village has been there ten years now. We are surrounded by forest.I’m sure the good folks that sold Pioneer Market are doing fine. How about that bowling alley going in? Are the locals going to hate that too???Should Robertos never expanded? Is that greed too? I don’t think so….

    • Happy September 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      I thought happiness came from “magic rays of sunshine that shine down when your feeling blue?”


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