Mountain BikeApologies ahead of time that you’ll have to act fast to take advantage of this week’s post (living on the West Coast is a plus, too), but it was just too good a deal to pass up. If you’re still reading, here it is: Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California, has a deal called the Three-Way Challenge, which for $99 gets you an unlimited lift pass (from 7:30am to 2pm); a shuttle ride to the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park (9am to 5pm), which officially opens June 25; and nine holes of golf on the Sierra Star Golf Course (after 1pm), which at 8,000 feet above sea level is the highest golf course in California. It runs through July 5, when the ski resort officially closes.

If you’re thinking the deal sounds like a hodgepodge of half-baked offerings, think again. The snow base on higher peaks is still between two and six feet, and according to a post on SkiReport.com (which I couldn’t confirm), the U.S. Ski Team was there training as of June 8. The mountain bike park has 70-plus miles of dirt single track, including the newest, a free-ride trail called Twilight Zone that opened last summer and features “The Deep End,” a nine-foot tall, 50-foot wide, banked wooden bowl built into a hillside. And the golf is a perennial draw, with stunning vistas of the Sierras at every turn, and all the snow melted.


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According to a resort employee, “People are loving [the deal]. To be able to do all three in one day, in less than a four-mile radius, is pretty amazing.” If the bragging rights aren’t enough, then consider this bonus incentive: Anyone who attempts conquering all three activities in one day will be entered in a drawing for a Cannondale RZ140 mountain bike, a full set of TaylorMade R9 golf clubs, a pair of K2 skis with bindings, or a Burton snowboard with bindings.


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For more information, call 800-626-6684 or visit www.mammothmountain.com/3way. Heading west? Check out our California Hotel Deals.

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